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February 3, 2016 (San Diego's East County)-- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:


National issues

Presidential primary


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National issues

Top U.S. generals: Women should have to register for draft  (Reuters)

 The top U.S. Marine Corps and Army generals said on Tuesday that women should be required to register for the military draft, along with men, as the armed forces move toward integrating them fully into combat positions.

Prosecutors use refuge occupiers’ own words against them (10 News)

Ammon Bundy and his followers made ample use of social media and videos to summon armed recruits to join their takeover of a wildlife refuge and to declare their readiness to stand their ground. Now federal authorities are using the occupiers' own words against them.

Navajo water supply is ‘more horrific than Flint’ (Free Thought Project)

…Under state-run systems like utilities and roads, poorer communities are the last to receive attention from government plagued by inefficiencies and corrupt politicians. Perhaps no group knows this better than Native Americans, who have been victimized by government for centuries. In the western U.S., water contamination has been a way of life for many tribes. As Brenda Norrell, a news reporter in Indian country, describes, the situation in Navajo nation is “more horrific than in Flint, Michigan.”

Milwaukee Muslim planned machine gun attack on Masonic temple, says FBI (CS Monitor)

The FBI recorded conversations between Samy Mohamed Hamzeh and two federal informants talking about an attack on a Masonic temple in Milwaukee.

Chicago Police Deliberately Sabotaging Recording Devices, According to Report (Reason)

Did you wonder why the Chicago Police dashcam video that showed the fatal (and brutal) shooting of Laquan McDonald didn’t have any sound? Its microphone was not working, and as DNAinfo in Chicago has discovered, the police department seems to have a bit of a problem with officers’ dashcams and microphones cutting out, sometimes due to what was classified by the department itself as “intentional damage”:

Iranian drone flew over U.S. carrier in 'unprofessional' move: U.S. Navy (Reuters)

 An unarmed Iranian drone flew directly over a U.S. aircraft carrier operating in international waters in the Gulf this month in a move that was "abnormal and unprofessional," the U.S. military said on Friday.

U.S. arrests Hezbollah members on charges of sending drug money to Syria  (Reuters)

 Members of the Hezbollah militant group were arrested on charges they used millions of dollars from the sale of cocaine in the United States and Europe to purchase weapons in Syria, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said on Monday.


Presidential primary

Graham: Cruz, Rubio positions on immigration, abortion, could hurt GOP in general election (Washington Times)

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Tuesday that the positions of Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio on immigration and abortion could come back to bite Republicans in the general presidential election contest.

The two parties can’t agree on the problems, let alone the solutions (The Washington Post)

Presidential elections have long featured major differences between Democrats and Republicans, but the fault lines have generally been over how to fix the problems facing the country. What makes the 2016 campaign unique is that the two parties don’t even agree on the problems.

Iowa’s nightmare revisited: was correct winner called? (Des Moines Register)

It's Iowa's nightmare scenario revisited: An extraordinarily close count in the Iowa caucuses — and reports of chaos in precincts and computer glitches — are raising questions about accuracy of the count and winner. This time it's the Democrats, not the Republicans.

Trump accuses Cruz of stealing Iowa caucuses (CNN)

Donald Trump on Wednesday accused  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses, calling for either new voting there or the results to be nullified.

Where the candidates stand on cybersecurity (CS Monitor)

From encryption to Chinese hackers, a handy guide to Internet politics in the 2016 presidential election.

22 Clinton e-mails deemed oto classified to be made public (New York Times)

…The disclosure of the top secret emails, three days before Iowans vote in the first-in-the-nation caucuses, is certain to fuel the political debate over the unclassified computer server that Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, kept in her home.

Senate Intelligence Vice Chair: None of the e-mails originated with Clinton (New Civil Rights)

Dianne Feinstein, the Chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee from 2009 to 2015 … now Vice Chair and top-ranking Democrat, has weighed in on today's latest news on Hillary Clinton's emails… "First, the 22 emails the State Department has labeled classified are part of seven separate back-and-forth email chains, and none of those emails chains originated with Secretary Clinton …Earlier Friday State Dept. spokesperson John Kirby in announcing the emails would not be released made clear they "were not marked classified at the time that they were sent."

What If Trump Wins? (Reason)

There are many potential outcomes to a Donald Trump GOP nomination. And every one of them is a disaster for conservatives.


10,000 refugee children in Europe are missing, says Interpol (Guardian)

At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe, according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates.

Deal protects huge swath of central B.C. coast from logging (AP)

British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest has been largely protected from logging in a landmark agreement between aboriginals, forest companies, environmental groups and the government.

Boko Haram burns kids alive in Nigeria, 86 dead: officials (San Diego Union-Tribune)

A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria's homegrown Islamic extremists.

Mexico City gets new status as near-state (AP)

Mexico City is getting a little closer to statehood.

What Were The Least (And Most) Corrupt Countries In 2015? (NPR)

The U.S. lost three points from its 2014 score. Despite gains in some countries, an annual index shows that 68 percent of the world's countries have "a serious corruption problem."

'Israel's electrical grid attacked in massive cyber attack’ (JPost)

As Israelis cranked up their heaters during the current cold snap, the Public Utility Authority was attacked by one of the largest cyber assaults that the country has experienced, Minister of Infrastructure, Energy and Water Yuval Steinitz said on Tuesday….

Lithuania opens mass trial for 1991 Soviet crackdown (AP)

A mass trial has started in Lithuania against 65 former Soviet officials charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and other offenses for their roles in a violent crackdown on the Baltic country's quest for independence in 1991.

Satellite Images Indicate Mass Graves In Burundi, Amnesty Says (NPR)

Security forces killed scores of people in Burundi in December. Now Amnesty International says images suggest that victims were buried in mass graves, possibly to cover up the extent of the killings.

A Chinese company buys Corbis. What happens to Tiananmen Square photos? (CS Monitor)

Thousands of iconic historical images, including of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, have been sold from Corbis Entertainment to China's largest image licensing company, prompting concern that photos from the Tiananmen Square incident – including those of wounded students and of "Tank Man," the solitary figure who stopped a column of tanks – might be censored not just within China's "Great Firewall" but beyond. 

Berlin grapples with Islamists, ISIS vets amid refugee wave (Fox News)

Investigators have identified 680 hardcore Islamists in the German capital, nearly half of whom are “geared toward violence,” said a spokeswoman for the Berlin office of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Germany’s equivalent of the FBI. While the ISIS veterans are most worrisome, all pose a serious threat, she said.  

France to recognise Palestinian state unless deadlock with Israel broken  (Reuters)

 France will recognise a Palestinian state if a final push that Paris plans to lead for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians fails, its foreign minister said on Friday.

Mexico remittances nearly $24.8B in 2015, topping oil income (AP)

The central bank reported Tuesday that money sent home by Mexicans overseas hit nearly $24.8 billion last year, overtaking oil revenues for the first time as a source of foreign income.

Iraqis running out of food and medicine in besieged Falluja (Reuters)

Tens of thousands of trapped Iraqi civilians are running out of food and medicine in the western city of Falluja, an Islamic State stronghold under siege by security forces, according to local officials and residents.

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