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High-Speed Ferry Ships to Support Haiti Relief

High-speed ferry ships MV Huakai and MV Alakai are preparing to sail to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response to provide disaster relief following the Jan. 12 earthquake. Huakai and Alakai were originally built to serve as passenger and vehicle ferries in Hawaii but were turned over to the Maritime Administration's custody when the ferry service went bankrupt. The ships will be under operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) during Operation Unified Response. The ships' main tasks will be to transfer equipment and personnel in the region.

U.S., Japan airmen join forces for bilateral exercise

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) -- Airmen stationed in Japan and other locations around the world joined their Japanese counterparts and sister services to kick off the year's first bilateral exercise Jan. 22, here. The command post exercise, known as Keen Edge '10, runs until Jan. 27 and is designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability of U.S. forces and Japan Self-Defense Forces.

Fallout continues over hearing on proposed gun ban in Washington State

Fallout continues from hearing on proposed 'assault weapon' ban Picking up on subtleties, gun rights activists are dissecting and analyzing testimony from supporters of the ban proposal, and pointing to glaring flaws in logic, firearms knowledge

Honduran Congress Grants Zelaya, Coup Plotters Amnesty

The Honduran Congress has approved amnesty for deposed President Manuel Zelaya and all those responsible for the coup that removed him from power. The vote past the legislature late Tuesday, just hours after a Honduran Supreme Court judge cleared senior military leaders of criminal charges for their roles in the coup that ousted Mr.

Guinea Swears in New Prime Minister

At his swearing-in ceremony on Tuesday, Guinea's new Prime Minister, Jean-Marie Dore, promised to restructure the army and hold elections. Jean-Marie Dore assumed office as Guinea's new interim prime minister.  Outgoing Prime Minister Kabine Komara spoke at the ceremony. Mr. Komara asked his successor to consider restructuring Guinea's army.  He also spoke of the need to hold free and fair elections and to address Guinea's unemployment. Mr.

Malaysian Churches Face Violence

Christian churches in Malaysia are trying to cope with recent violence in the officially-Muslim, but religiously tolerant country. The violence followed a court ruling that overturned a government ban on the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.  A Roman Catholic publication led the fight to overturn the ban. Christians had used the word “Allah” for “God” for hundreds of years.  But some Muslims worried that the practice could encourage Muslim conversions to Christianity, something that is illegal in Malaysia.  Eleven Christian churches, a Sikh temple and a mosque have been attacked

Operation Targets Explosives Operator in Afghanistan

Two insurgents, including a senior explosives operator, were killed during an operation conducted by a combined Afghanistan and international security force near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border early Jan. 25, military officials reported today. The combined force went to an area in Afghanistan's Helmand province where the insurgents had collected a large amount of fertilizer containing ammonium nitrate, a key ingredient used to create homemade bombs.

Jan. 26 airpower summary

Coalition airpower integrated with ground forces in Iraq and International Security Assistance Force troops in Afghanistan during operations Jan. 26, according to Combined Air and Space Operations Center officials here. Air Operations in Afghanistan: Asadabad Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon pilots provided armed overwatch for friendly forces and surveillance of known enemy fighting positions.

Army Reserve readies only aviation brigade for deployment to Haiti

The only Army Reserve aviation brigade, the 244th Aviation Brigade, has geared up to deploy troops and equipment to Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response. More than 300 Soldiers from 244th Aviation Brigade will deploy today to support humanitarian operations in Haiti. Along with Soldiers, the 244th is sending nine CH-47 Chinook helicopters and four UH-60 Black Hawks. The CH-47 twin-engine, tandem heavy-lift helicopter is considered the workhorse of the Army and is designed for transportation of cargo and troops.

Predator team deploys to support Haiti relief efforts

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- Approximately 50 Airmen from the 432nd Wing here, along with RQ-1 Predator assets, deployed Jan. 22 to assist 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern officials with providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Haiti. "The Hunters of the 432nd were called upon to provide a vital ISR capability to assist the people of Haiti," said Col. Pete Gersten, 432nd Wing and 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander.

24th MEU delivers food, medical supplies and a few smiles

 

A Landing Craft Utility boat filled with Marines quickly approaches the shore of La Gonave. Anticipation hangs heavy in air almost as heavy  as the humidity.  The LCU runs aground and the loading ramp quickly lowers - its "go time," but this isn't the amphibious landing of yesteryear with Marines like Smedley Butler storming a beach, like they last did in Haiti in 1915.

Support Knife Rights Preemption Campaign

Knife Rights Arizona Preemption Bill Clears Judiciary Committee Yesterday the Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee voted out the Knife Law Preemption bill sponsored by Knife Rights.

Big turnout to oppose WA assault weapons bill; Bellevue Police Chief plays politics

Turnout heavy to oppose "assault weapons" ban; Bellevue Police Chief plays politics

Hmong News Articles

Thai Government Refutes HRW Report

Mizzima – 1/26/10

Burma Expected to Hand Down Verdict in Trial of Burmese-American Activist

Burmese authorities are expected to hand down the verdict in the trial of a Burmese-American rights activist Wednesday.   Kyaw Zaw Lwin, also known as Nyi Nyi Aung, was one of the organizers of the 1988 pro-democracy uprising.  He fled Burma for neighboring Thailand following a military crackdown on activists. He later became a U.S.