Author Archives: Hollie McKay

{FD} Venezuelan opposition leader laments “genocide” in his country, reveals his escape from detainment

The people of Venezuela are the victims of genocide and first- narco-dictatorship of the 21st century, claims prominent opposition leader and former political prisoner, Antonio Ledezma. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump team’s tough talk with Syria working – for now – to stave off chemical attack on Idlib

The Trump administration’s words of warning against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad this week, cautioning stern consequences should he and his allies – namely Iran and Russia – forge ahead with a devastating offensive against the country’s final oppos… Continue reading

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{FD} Iran, in shadow proxy war with Saudis, expands its Pakistan influence

Iran’s influence and backing of Shia-minority outfits in Pakistan are quietly growing – with the threat of a deepening Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy war hovering, some of the country’s hard-line leaders themselves say. Continue reading

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{FD} Syrians in Idlib brace for chemical weapons attack, ground invasion by Assad forces

While pro-Assad bombs fall from the skies on the edges of Idlib province – the last opposition stronghold left amid the twilight of Syria’s long-running civil war – those trapped inside the city of the same name can only wait for the inevitable last ba… Continue reading

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{FD} Groundbreaking ‘Tower of Voices’ Flight 93 memorial erected ahead of 9/11 anniversary

This week marks the 17 years since the 9/11 terror attacks, and in memory of the 40 lives lost aboard United Flight 93 – which crashed into an open field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania – a one-of-its-kind memorial has been erected in Somerset County. Continue reading

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{FD} South Africa’s Solidarity union plans to strike over company’s blacks-only share scheme

South Africa’s solidarity union will launch a strike on Monday over a share ownership program offered only to black staff at Sasol, the global leader in technology conversion from coal and gas to fuel. Continue reading

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{FD} More Iranians ‘buying’ passports in other countries to evade U.S travel ban, sanctions

As Iran is hit once again with the full roster of U.S-imposed sanctions, along with being one of the seven country’s listed on the “travel ban” – some of its citizens are said to be turning to neighboring nations to purchase a passport in the quest to … Continue reading

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{FD} More Iranians ‘buying’ passports in other countries to evade US travel ban, sanctions

As Iran is hit once again with the full roster of U.S-imposed sanctions, along with being one of the seven country’s listed on the “travel ban” – some of its citizens are said to be turning to neighboring nations to purchase a passport in the quest to … Continue reading

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{FD} Former Vatican diplomat calls for Pope Francis to resign, claims he ignored sex abuse allegations

A fiery testament published Sunday calls for Pope Francis to step down, alleging that the top Holy see authority was made aware soon after becoming pope in 2013 that the former archbishop of Washington, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, had engaged in un… Continue reading

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{FD} Experts dispute Turkish president’s claim US to blame for economic woes

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s effort to blame Trump administration sanctions for that country’s recent economic woes is off-base and ignores years of missteps and miscalculations that set the stage for the current crisis, according to experts. Continue reading

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{FD} Experts dispute Turkish president’s claim U.S. to blame for economic woes

The ongoing spat between the U.S President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – over the NATO ally’s refusal to release American pastor Andrew Brunson – has cast a spotlight on Turkey’s ailing economy, prompting the… Continue reading

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{FD} With world’s attention on Rohingya Muslims, Christians in Burma also face brutal persecution

While the world’s attention has been fixed on the horrific violence against the minority Rohingya Muslim population, Christians also face an ethnic cleansing campaign at the hand of the Burmese Army and associated militias. Continue reading

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{FD} Frustrated supporters of accused U.S. pastor in Turkey keep up the pressure

The case of 50-year-old evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson lies at the center of an ever-growing dispute between the U.S and Turkey. Continue reading

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{FD} Burma’s Karen refugees face dwindling aid, struggle with depression and suicides

Kyawsay and his girlfriend Nawehkohloh were teenagers in love, looking for a silver lining in their dire situation. Continue reading

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{FD} Manchester mass shooting being investigated as ‘attempted murder’

Police in Manchester, England are still searching for a suspect in a mass shooting they are investigating as “attempted murder.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump tariffs in retaliation for jailed American pastor send Turkey’s economy plunging

Fierce tensions between the United States and Turkey have continued to escalate over the weekend – resounding through the global economy and inseminating volatility throughout the Middle East markets – in response to Trump’s tough crackdown on the once… Continue reading

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{FD} Archaeologists fear biblical artifacts, monuments won’t survive Yemen war

Years of internal conflict and ISIS insurgency across Iraq and Syria has destroyed much of what was left of the Middle East’s pre-Islamic history, with experts now fearing that the protracted civil war in neighboring Yemen too will quietly erase its ri… Continue reading

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{FD} Saudi women, free to drive, kickstart Harley-Davidson bike chapter

It has been just over a month since the historic prohibition on females driving in Saudi Arabia was reversed, with women in the ultra-conservative Islamic Kingdom now not only eyeing four wheels – but training for two. Continue reading

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{FD} US withdrawal from Iran deal helping wind down Yemen war, officials say

Despite Tehran’s repeated denials of arming Shiite Houthi rebels inside war-torn Yemen, government and military officials insist that President Trump’s May withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear deal has had an immediate impact in bringing the three… Continue reading

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{FD} Houthis explain ‘Death to America’ slogan, reveal what will bring them to peace talks

While peace in the blood-spattered Yemen remains far from reality, as the humanitarian crisis continues to spiral and the death count rises, the rebel group is holding firm, and blaming the UN for sending the peace process “backwards.” Continue reading

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{FD} Wives and mothers on Yemen’s frontline fight to free thousands of men from prison hell

In a grainy, leaked cell phone video, the agonized cries and pleas of a man can be heard echoing through the dark room after every lashing to his flesh. Continue reading

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{FD} The fight for Yemen’s capital fueled by drugs, witchcraft and fierce fire

A scattered array of soldiers, their weather-worn faces signaling the toll of war, make their way along a narrow, winding dirt track across the serrated terrain of Nihm Mountain to hunt enemy hideouts, just 13 miles east of the Houthi-controlled center… Continue reading

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{FD} Yemen’s child soldiers face long road after sexual, physical abuse

Yemen’s child soldiers are the country’s ‘lost boys,’ facing a long road of rehab after sexual abuse at the front lines. Continue reading

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{FD} Wheels of change turn quickly for Saudi women now permitted to drive

It’s a flurry of activity and excitement inside the official Saudi Driving School, tucked inside the sprawling Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University female-only campus in the Kingdom’s capital of Riyadh. Continue reading

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{FD} I joined Saudi women drivers on their first long and winding road trip

The idea of driving a car might seem like no big thing to those of us who have forgotten the giddy excitement of our first license — a memorable teen rite of passage for millions of Americans. Continue reading

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{FD} We trek the long and winding road facing Saudi women drivers

The idea of driving a car might seem like no big thing to those of us who have forgotten the giddy excitement of our first license — a memorable teen rite of passage for millions of Americans. Continue reading

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{FD} Critics say Turkish government using US mosques to play politics, spy on foes

Voters extended and expanded Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 15-year power grip in snap national elections on Sunday – but not just inside the borders of his own country, according to a growing chorus of western officials and critics – who cla… Continue reading

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{FD} NBA star Kanter gets ‘three or four death threats every week’

He just opted in to his final year of a $18.6 million contract to stay with the New York Knicks for the 2018-19 season, lives the high-life as a NBA star – but life is far from plum for 26-year-old Enes Kanter who has been cauterized a “terrorist” in h… Continue reading

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{FD} Family of Kurdish female fighter seen *****, mutilated in graphic viral video speaks out

A fighter with the all-female Kurdish unit known as the YPJ lay dead and half-***** in the dirt, her body mutilated with deep cuts lacerating her exposed breasts. Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters in military fatigues can be seen swarming the corpse,… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump’s wrath forces Pakistan to double down on push to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries

President Trump’s tough stance against Pakistan, along with the sudden suspension of more than $1 billion in military aid earlier this year, has officials in the once closely allied country hastening to demonstrate that they have been annihilating terr… Continue reading

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{FD} New Sacha Baron Cohen series a Hollywood hit job on GOP, source says

A source familiar with the project – who saw some of the series in its early, rough-cut stage during a private screening at Sony Studios in Los Angeles on the 22nd of March – told Fox News that, at least then, it was nothing more than a Hollywood hit j… Continue reading

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{FD} New Sacha Baron Cohen series a ‘right-wing hit job,’ source says

A source familiar with the project – who saw some of the series in its early, rough-cut stage during a private screening at Sony Studios in Los Angeles on the 22nd of March – told Fox News that, at least then, it was nothing more than a Hollywood hit j… Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian Muslim Brotherhood revives amid ongoing civil war, lashes out at the U.S. and Israel

Over the course of the seven-year plus Syrian Civil War, more than 500,000 have lost their lives, more than 12 million have been displaced from their homes and the number of those who have lost limbs is so high it has been lost in the fog of war. Continue reading

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{FD} U.S Embassy in Haiti warns Americans to ‘shelter in place’ as violent protests escalate

The U.S. embassy in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince told American citizens to remain inside until further notice Sunday as the city continues to be gripped by violent protests. Continue reading

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{FD} Florida homes destroyed in ‘controlled burn’

It was a planned “controlled burn” – a fire deliberately started as a means to manage forest growth and avert future wildfires – but it ended up burning down 36 homes across 800 in acres in Eastpoint, Fla., last month. Continue reading

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{FD} American hunter’s images of her black giraffe ‘trophy kill’ spark outrage

Photos of a female hunter from Kentucky proudly showing off the results of her “dream hunt” – a dead black giraffe in South Africa – have ignited a firestorm across social media after being picked up by a local media outlet. Continue reading

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{FD} Almost 16,000 US service members have died since 2006, mostly in the United States

Some 15,851 U.S. active-duty personnel and mobilized reservists have died while serving in America’s military since 2006 – but according to a new report, the biggest adversaries are not directly related to America’s involvement in global wars or deploy… Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon quietly bans Marines from using drones, citing cybersecurity concerns

In a policy memo issued quietly in late May, the Department of Defense prohibited the U.S Marine Corps from continuing to purchase and use commercial off-the-shelf drones, known at COTS, after cybersecurity vulnerabilities were exposed. Continue reading

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{FD} Gruesome rape, murder of Kashmir girl raises tensions

The recent gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir has cast an uneasy spotlight on the horrific and often underreported abuses taking place inside the long-running territorial battle between Hindu-dominant In… Continue reading

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{FD} Rescue groups go into overdrive in the days ahead of China’s Yulin dog meat festival

The ninth annual ten-day Yulin Lychee and Dog Meat festival in China’s Yulin, Guangxi, is slated to begin on June 21, sending animal rights advocates and rescue workers in both China and abroad into overdrive to save as many helpless canines as possibl… Continue reading

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{FD} Travel industry fights back following ‘explosion’ in fraudulent food poisoning insurance claims

The number of bogus food-poisoning and gastric illness claims filed by Britons traveling abroad is reported to have reached epidemic proportions in the UK in recent years – igniting a fierce fight back from the travel industry and the government. Continue reading

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{FD} Woman accused of spitting on Chicago police officer turns herself in

A 20-year-old woman accused of spitting on an off-duty police officer turned herself into Chicago Police Saturday, more than three weeks after an incident during a protest at City Hall. Continue reading

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{FD} Taliban prisoners exploit release loophole with fake medical claims

The Taliban in Afghanistan used to dig underground tunnels or stage suicide bombings to spring their imprisoned members from jail. But now they can just walk out the front door – with the help of a fake medical claim. Continue reading

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{FD} Pakistan works to clean up Karachi, once world’s ‘most dangerous city’

In the once terror-teeming city of Karachi on the coast of Pakistan’s Sindh province, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is a name held in esteem. Continue reading

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{FD} Inside Raqqa: From ISIS ‘caliphate’ to crumpled city of landmines, and loss

More than seven months since ISIS operatives were defeated in their once “caliphate” capital of Raqqa, Syria and the city remains something of an apocalyptic wasteland, of which the ramifications of four years of ISIS occupation followed by four months… Continue reading

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{FD} Syrian opposition, out of jail space, fears threat of released ISIS prisoners

ISIS may be on the verge of defeat in Syria, but locals in northern opposition-held areas fear a resurgence, claiming that they have received little in the way of necessary support to keep the terrorists behind bars. Continue reading

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{FD} Pentagon ordered by Senate to investigate child-on-child sexual abuse on US bases

U.S. senators have demanded an independent investigation into how the Defense Department deals with reports of sexual violence among children who live and attend school on U.S. military bases across the globe. Continue reading

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{FD} Sex cult members detail leader’s forced kisses, branding

In the lead-up to A&E’s premiere of its “Cults and Extreme Belief” series, exclusive clips released online feature former members of NXIVM details how she and others – including “Smallville” actress Allison Mack – into the sadistic sex cult by “charism… Continue reading

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{FD} Afghan Taliban claim to have captured another district in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province

Locals have been warning for weeks that further pockets of Ghazni province were on the brink of falling to the Taliban, and alas, over the weekend the brutal insurgent group reportedly ascertained further control of the area around a hundred miles sout… Continue reading

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{FD} German cartoonist fired over Netanyahu caricature

A prominent German daily newspaper has severed ties with its longtime cartoonist following an uproar that his depiction of Benjamin Netanyahu used “anti-Semitic” clichés. Continue reading

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