World News for New Jersey Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:13:30 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Bob Simon Worked For All of Us on ’60 Minutes’ simon_opt.pngBY BOB HOLT

Late CBS News veteran Bob Simon was born not far from our area in the Bronx, but his years of journalism brought something for everybody.

Simon was killed in an automobile accident in Manhattan on Wednesday night.

"Bob was a reporter's reporter. He was driven by a natural curiosity that took him all over the world covering every kind of story imaginable," said 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager, according to CBS News. "There is no one else like Bob Simon. All of us at CBS News and particularly at 60 Minutes will miss him very much.”

Simon, 73, had a 47-year career with CBS News. Simon reported on Vietnam stories, China’s Tiananmen Square in 1989, and on the Gulf War. Fox News reports that during the Gulf War, Simon and four of his crew members were captured by the Iraqi army and imprisoned for 40 days. In the second war in Iraq war, Simon interviewed Iraqi insurgency leader Muqtada al-Sadr.

International Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:16:09 +0000
Gov. Christie Pursuing New Opportunities For Growth Between UK and New Jersey christiecem_optBY KEVIN ROBERTS

CAMBRIDGE, London -  This morning,  Governor Christie embarked on Day Two of his three-day official visit to the United Kingdom at a roundtable with more than two dozen UK life science CEOs, followed by a tour of MedImmune – a worldwide biologics research and development firm.

The Governor and First Lady then visited Cambridge American cemetery for a wreath laying ceremony before heading back to London where the Governor will meet with the Prime Minister and dine with other governmental leaders.

The Cambridge American cemetery contains the remains of 3,812 United States military servicemen who died during World War II and includes 5,127 names of Americans whose remains were never recovered on the Tablets of the Missing. The Governor and the First Lady laid a wreath this morning at the memorial and visited graves of soldiers and airmen from New Jersey.

International Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:39:30 +0000
What Has Become of Feminism Pic1_optBY JASMINE BEATTY

Today I’ve read a disturbing article about the new “Free Your Nipples” fad. What does it mean to be a feminist, when living in a time period where people would rather protest shirts than raise awareness about terrorist bombing by Boko Haram? Being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon and finishing Women’s Studies Courses at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has made me pose this question.

Feminism came in three waves. The first wave came in the 19th century and focused on rights, for example the right to vote. The second wave focused on cultural issues, like Domestic Violence Laws and the Equal Rights Amendment passed in 1972. The third wave, which started in the 90’s has focused on anti-racism and queer theory. During each wave, men played a role in the movement. Yes, not only women are feminist.

International Tue, 27 Jan 2015 03:30:55 +0000
First-Responder Police Arrived Unarmed, Fled French Terrorist Bloodbath jesuis_optBY JIM KOURI

France's top political cartoonists, news reporters, and members of Police Nationale on Wednsday were killed by gunmen believed to be Islamic terrorists who invaded a Paris-based satirical newspaper that in the past published cartoons that mocked the Prophet Muhammad. What many counterterrorists in the U.S. find extraordinary is that there are reports coming out of France that police first-responders arrived unarmed and, once they realized the gravity of the emergency, they fled from the heavily-armed terrorists.

A witness to the attack, Benoit Bringer, a correspondent with Agence Premiere Ligne (APL), claims he observed a number of men armed with machine guns wearing masks. He noted that there were two French police officers arriving at the scene of the bloody attack riding bicycles and unarmed. According to Bringer, the officers found it necessary to flee instead of fighting the suspected terrorists.

International Thu, 08 Jan 2015 01:32:53 +0000
Menendez Wrong About Iran Sanctions sabrin_opt-1_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY MURRAY SABRIN

(Regarding "Menendez wants new Iran sanctions" (Page A-5 in The Record, Dec. 3)

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., recently said he wants new economic sanctions imposed on Iran. Menendez asserts that the sanctions are necessary to force Iran to halt its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

However, as longtime foreign affairs correspondent Eric Margolis wrote in a recent column, "In a major concession, last summer Iran converted or diluted 200 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent, rendering it unusable for any potential further enrichment into nuclear weapons fuel. The International Atomic Energy Agency certified this procedure. The balance of Iran's uranium stockpile is at 5 percent — adequate for energy production but not for weapons. Half its 20,000 centrifuges used to enrich uranium are shut down. U.N. inspectors or cameras closely watch Iranian nuclear installations — not to mention American and Israeli satellites."

Moreover, with its oil reserves declining, Iran wants to develop its nuclear power industry for future generations. And every nation is guaranteed under the U.N. Charter to develop nuclear power as long as it is for peaceful purposes.

Yet for years, American and Israeli officials have told us that Iran is on the verge of developing a nuclear weapon. But U.N. inspectors have not found any violations for more than a decade. In addition, U.S. intelligence has repeatedly stated that Iran has no nuclear weapons.

So why are Menendez and the rest of the neoconservative cabal in Washington determined to impose more draconian sanctions on Iran despite the lack of evidence that the Islamic Republic is developing nuclear weapons?

The American people must hold accountable the Washington politicians who are creating a climate of fear and war-mongering that could lead to the deaths of thousands of Iranians and American soldiers.

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Murray Sabrin, Ph.D., is Professor of Finance at Ramapo College

International Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:30:33 +0000
Why Does Gov. Christie Love Canada So Much? christienov_opt.pngBY KEVIN ROBERTS

GOV CHRISTIE: NORTH AMERICAN PARTNERSHIPS OUR “FIRST THOUGHT” NOT AN AFTERTHOUGHT – Governor Christie will travel to Canada on December 4th and 5th to promote energy and business ties between New Jersey and Canada – our state’s largest trade partner. Annual trade between New Jersey and Canada totals nearly $16 billion, supports more than 243,000 jobs, and includes more than $350 million in bilateral economic activity from tourism alone. This will be the Governor’s second foreign trip of his second term and his third overall since taking office. Governor Christie traveled to Mexico in September of this year and Israel in 2012.

International Tue, 18 Nov 2014 03:21:22 +0000
N.J.'s Rush Holt Reacts to U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change climate_opt_copy_copy_copy_copy_copy_copyBY CHRIS GASTON

Washington, D.C. – This morning, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced from Beijing that the U.S. and China have agreed to carbon pollution reduction targets. The U.S. will accelerate reduction targets in 2020, hoping to achieve a 26-28 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2025, compared to 2005 levels. China has agreed for the first time ever to cap the growth of their carbon emissions by 2030. China will achieve this goal, in part, by investing in non-fossil energy sources, which they hope will comprise 20-percent of their power generation by 2030.

U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12), the ranking member of the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources released the following statement:

International Thu, 13 Nov 2014 03:34:41 +0000
Depressing Report: Earth Has Lost Half its Animals wwf_optBY MICHELE S. BYERS

A new report on the state of the Earth’s animals is “not for the faint-hearted,” according to the World Wildlife Fund.

They’re not kidding. According to their research, our planet lost more than half of its individual vertebrate animals during the past 40 years, mostly due to human impacts.

The “2014 Living Planet Report” tracks more than 10,000 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish from all over the world. The sobering news is that overall numbers have declined by 52 percent since 1970.

International Sat, 11 Oct 2014 15:42:19 +0000
Hold the Sugar! Exposing the Sugar Content of popular Beverages sugar_optBY PASHA GUREVICH

Ever wonder how much sugar a typical Grande White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has?

Or even a seemingly healthy Manga-A-Go-Go smoothie from Jamba Juice?

These amounts are often larger than expected. New, World Health Organization guidelines suggest keeping sugar intake below 25g per day. Which poopular beverages exceed that limit in a single serving?

International Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:05:04 +0000
Lesniak Leads ‘International March For Elephants’ In Nation’s Capital RAYLESNIAK_opt_copyBY RICHARD McGRATH

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Raymond Lesniak, who authored the first state law in the country banning the importation and sale of ivory products,  led a rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday calling for a national ban on the commercial trade of ivory.

The 2nd Annual International March For Elephants started at the Lincoln Memorial, and then traveld to a rally at Lafayette Square, across from the White House.

“The black market sales of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horns is thriving, fueled by the slaughter of an estimated 35,000 elephants a year and supported by the sale and purchase of ivory and rhinoceros horn products,” said Senator Lesniak. “We’re all creatures of God, and we need to recognize that, and treat all animals that way, and keep God’s creatures alive wherever they roam the earth and certainly not contribute to their extinction.”

International Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:38:55 +0000