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US Teaching Total War on Islam PDF Print E-mail
A course taught at a US military college advocated a total war against Muslims. The course at the Joint Forces Staff College in Virginia also suggested nuclear attacks on holy Muslim cities such as Makkah and Madinah and taught that there is no 'moderate Islam' and that international laws protecting civilians in armed conflicts were 'no longer relevant.' (BBC, 11 May 2012)
 
US Presidential Contender's Hate Speech PDF Print E-mail
Republican US presidential contender, Newt Gingrich, called Palestinians an 'invented' people and 'terrorists'. (BBC, 12 Dec 2011)
 
Canada Bans Veils PDF Print E-mail
Canada introduced a ban on the wearing of veils while swearing the oath of citizenship. Veils are already banned in Quebec for people receiving some government services. Canada is considering a wider ban on veils in government offices, schools and hospitals. (BBC, 12 Dec 2011)
 
Poverty Rises in US PDF Print E-mail
The number of Americans living in poverty rose to 46.2 million last year. The 2010 data shows the poverty rate at 15.1%, from 14.3% in 2009. The poverty rate was the highest since 1983. The number of Americans living below the poverty line has now risen for four years in a row. (BBC, 14 Sep 2011)
 
US Tries to Scupper Palestinian Bid PDF Print E-mail
US envoys are frantically trying to scupper a Palestinian bid for UN membership. Palestinians are preparing a bid for UN membership later this month. Israel warned of 'harsh and grave consequences' if the move goes ahead. (BBC, 14 Sep 2011)
 
Cyclone Irene Wrecks US PDF Print E-mail
Post-Tropical Cyclone Irene killed 40 people in the US. Vermont is reeling from its worst floods in many decades. Insurance claims could top $7bn (£4.3bn). Irene caused havoc on the US east coast from North Carolina to Vermont. Driving rains and flood tides damaged homes and cut power to more than three million people in New Jersey, Connecticut and New York alone. (BBC, 30 Aug 2011)
 
US Rating Falls PDF Print E-mail
One of the world's leading credit rating agencies, Standard & Poor's, downgraded USA's AAA rating for the first time ever citing concerns about budget deficits. Asian markets were hammered amid fearsthe US is heading for a recession and after Wall Street posted the biggest losses since late 2008. European share values also fell. (BBC, 9 Aug 2011)
 
Record Heatwave in USA PDF Print E-mail
A heatwave baked eastern parts of the US and Canada, as temperatures surged to record-breaking highs. 22 deaths were due to the heat. Across the US more than 220 heat records tumbled. (BBC, 23 July 2011)
 
US Debt Spirals PDF Print E-mail
The chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, warned that the country's creditworthiness is at risk if its borrowing limit is not raised. If there is no deal by August, the US may start defaulting on obligations. Public debt was $14.3tr on 31 May, up from $10.6tr when Obama took office in 2009. (BBC, 15 Jun 2011)
 
US Guns Supplied to Mexican Cartels PDF Print E-mail
Hundreds of US guns were bought, resold and sent to Mexican drug cartels while US firearms agents were ordered not to intervene. A US Congressional report suggests some 70% of firearms recovered from Mexican crime scenes in 2009 and 2010 and submitted for tracing came from the US. 35,000 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico since December 2006. (BBC, 15 Jun 2011)
 
More Tornadoes Strike USA PDF Print E-mail
Tornadoes sweeping the US Mid-West struck  Oklahoma City, killed five. The new storms come as rescue workers search for hundreds of people missing in Joplin, Missouri, after tornadoes killed 122 people. (BBC, 25 May 2011)
 
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