The FBI on Wednesday evening moved in on the last four occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, the Oregonian newspaper reported.
The four armed, anti-government protesters had been indicted last week with 12 others on charges of conspiring to impede federal officers during an armed standoff at the compound.
The takeover at Malheur started on Jan. 2 when their leader, Ammon Bundy, and followers, seized buildings at the refuge in a protest against federal control over millions of acres public land in the West.
Why did the FBI move in now after all this time? And at night? Something is fishy.
I listened to the live stream a bit and the FBI was really being aggressive on the ground and only seemed to back off after they realized it was being broadcast. Stupid and arrogant ground commander or just tyrants on high?
Either way the people that stayed should have realized that there were only two ways out of this once you thumb your nose at the powers that be while armed. Death in a shootout or jail. By staying you chose your fate.
My personal opinion is, while sympathize with the ranchers and agree the government fucked them over, this was the wrong tactic at the wrong time at the wrong place.
They should have converted to muslim. O would have protected his brothers. Immigrants also would have worked. Only seem to have little or no patience with Americans and especially males. OH, black would have helped. Cameras saved their lives.
Comment seen recently about the death of Robert Finicum...
"We now know that at the initial stop Robert Finicum was being told to get out of the vehicle and as he looked out of the window of his vehicle he was shot at. He then told the others in the vehicle that they were out to kill them. So he took off hoping to make it to the Sheriff of the county, but encountered a road block. The road block was on a sharp curve and he went into the snow embankment to avoid hitting the road block and a spike strip. He exited the vehicle with his hands in the air. He was not reaching for a gun in a pocket, he was shot and his hand went down to the wound as a pain reflex and they continued to shoot him. Each and every person involved in the assassination of Robert Finicum, both federal and local WILL BE CHARGED WITH MURDER."
[AnNahar] Tunisia has made nearly half a billion dollars from the sale of assets confiscated from ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his allies, a minister said Wednesday.
In the months following Ben Ali's flight to Soddy Arabia ...a kingdom taking up the bulk of the Arabian peninsula. Its primary economic activity involves exporting oil and soaking Islamic rubes on the annual hajj pilgrimage. The country supports a large number of princes in whatcha might call princely splendor. When the oil runs out the rest of the world is going to kick sand in the Soddy national face... after the January 2011 revolution that ended his rule, the cash-strapped country seized hundreds of businesses, properties, luxury cars and jewelery belonging to him, his family and his allies.
"Since 2011, we made around 1.5 billion dinars (of which) around 1 billion ($500 million, 442 million euros) went into the state's coffers," Finance Minister Slim Chaker said.
"The other 500 million dirhams went to paying off debts," he said.
Revenues from the sales have boosted the national budget and allowed the state to borrow less, he added, but the process is slow.
Only some assets have been sold off so far, including at an auction at the end of 2012.
Obstacles to selling the remaining assets include organizing paperwork, expert assessments and calls for tenders, the minister said.
"There were lots of cars we didn't have the keys for, and that are still registered in the names of their previous owners," he said.
Nepotism and state corruption plagued Ben Ali's rule and triggered his fall at the start of the Arab Spring uprisings.
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The Amir of Qatar, His Highness Shaikh Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, appointed new foreign and labour ministers on Wednesday in a reshuffle of heavyweight cabinet positions, state media announced.
Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, a member of the royal family, replaced Khalid Al Attiyah as foreign minister, according to the Amir's order published on the official Qatar News Agency. Attiyah, whose father was the founder of Qatar's armed forces, was appointed the Minister of State for Defence. The Amir himself holds the post of defence minister.
Attiyah had been the Gulf state's foreign minister since 2013 and was recently heavily involved in international negotiations on the Syrian war. He had worked within that department since 2011.
Shaikh Mohammed is a senior official who was previously in charge of international cooperation in the foreign ministry.
In total, seven changes to the cabinet were announced on QNA as several ministries, including the labour, were merged. One post which remained the same was that of the prime minister, held by Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani since 2013.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.