Video showing the brutal beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley is only the latest episode of barbarity carried out by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.
The extremist network — known as ISIS — raised its profile in May after seizing major Iraqi cities and towns in a bid to overrun the central government in Baghdad and establish an Islamic state. - Full Article
Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq's prime minister for the past eight years, says he is relinquishing the post to fellow Dawa Party member Haider al-Abadi.
Al-Maliki says his decision is based on his desire to "safeguard the high interests of the country," adding in a televised address late Thursday that he will not be the cause of any bloodshed. - Full Article
The White House said early Thursday that President Obama has been briefed on clashes that again erupted between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., days after police shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.
The protests escalated Wednesday night as police dispensed tear gas toward protesters and two reporters, including one from The Washington Post, were arrested. - Full Article
Police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. used tear gas and smoke bombs Wednesday to disperse protesters, some of whom threw Molotov cocktails and other objects at officers, as a fifth night of demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer turned violent.
Protesters faced heavily armed police who occasionally trained automatic weapons on them from an armored truck. - Full Article
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve seen the videos of people taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge, where, apparently in the name of awareness-raising about Lou Gehrig’s disease, people have been pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and then challenging others to do the same on social media.
According to the ALS Association, the challenge has also resulted in lots of money, too. - Full Article
Online eBusiness Solutions (OeBS) By : Vern Nicholson
Getting Millennials involved in the discussion about your brand is critical.
The days of just putting your brand out there without some level of micro-social involvement are long gone. Brand advocates have the means and digital channels to significantly influence getting information about your product or service out there.
Our take on user-generated content and reviews are they’re absolutely necessary with Millennials, because they can catapult a brand overnight. - Full Article
American officials have denied participating in a plot to oust Iraq prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, despite a series of phone calls made by Barack Obama and Joe Biden to support the appointment of his successor.
Obama welcomed the selection of a new prime minister by Iraq’s president Faud Massoum on Monday, describing it as a “promising step forward” toward a more inclusive government. - Full Article