One of the pirates who attacked the USS Ashland last April was sentenced to prison for 30 years by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Jama Idle Ibrahim pleaded guilty to charges of attacking to plunder a vessel, committing an act of violence against persons on a vessel and the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.
30 November 2010
23 August 2010
Pakistani victims of the flooding are seated on the floor of a U.S. Army (CH-47) helicopter during the evacuation of civilians, as part of the disaster relief effort to help the flood victims from the town of Khyber, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province (formerly North West Frontier Province), Pakistan, 5 Aug., 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Horace Murray)
Donate to the Flood Relief Fund at the US Department of State.
17 July 2010
This fern was on the side of a nature trail in the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park.
7 May 2010
UN’s Chief joins St. George’s ribbon campaign
1 April 2010
Suspected Somali pirates fired on a U.S. Navy warship off East Africa early Thursday in what appeared to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate, officials said.
25 March 2010
Private security guards protecting a commercial ship shot dead a Somali pirate Tuesday, the first recorded incident of its kind.
The pirate attack on the Panamanian-flagged MV Almezaan occurred off the coast of Somalia, and comes at a time when increasing numbers of commercial ships are hiring private armed security units to protect them during their passage through the Indian Ocean to the Red Sea.
6 February 2010
Where hope floats
Aboard the Comfort, medical workers, many from Massachusetts, fight to bring healing and compassion to desperate Haitians.
26 January 2010
17 January 2010
PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI, Jan 17 – The Thomson Reuters Foundation has today launched a first-of-its kind, free disaster-information service for the people of Haiti. The service allows survivors of Haiti’s earthquake to receive critical information by text message directly to their phones, free of charge.
Follow this link for directions to use the service.
In a sense we have come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation.
Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington, DC, on August 28, 1963