In this Tuesday, July 15, 2014 photo, a TV screen shows the ongoing fighting between Israel and Gaza at a house in south Tel Aviv, Israel. By ARON HELLER Associated Press HOD HASHARON, Israel (AP) – A morning siren in this middle-class Israeli town sent some fleeing inside for shelter – but others ran outside, curious to catch a glimpse of the incoming rocket being shot down from the sky. Thanks to Israel’s “Iron Dome” defense system, Israelis seem to fear less for their lives than for their lifestyles as they adjust to the anxiety of random, potentially deadly, yet generally harmless rocket attacks. Whereas the residents in northern and southern Israel have years of experience in coping with militant rocket fire, the people in central Israel are new to the reality and still getting used to hearing sounds of explosions. “It just doesn’t make any sense that this is happening,” said 18-year-old Taly Shlomo, who exited a Hod Hasharon bakery to watch the fireworks above. “It’s not scary because nothing terrible has happened yet but it’s something you can’t get used to.
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Philippines Mired In Worst ‘Plunder’ Scandal As Aquino Battles ‘Pork Barrel’ Claims – Forbes
I will not allow your suffering to be prolonged. Aquino not only vowed to fight the Supreme Court decision but also refused the resignation of his budget secretary, Florencio Butch Abad, who critics say has never revealed how or where the funds flowed from the central government to remote provinces. The controversy over what the Philippine media refers to as the presidents pork barrel has sparked a movement to impeach him while his popularity rating has sunk to a low of 25%. The ruckus has invited comparisons to the movement that finally toppled Marcos after the assassination of Aquinos father, Benigno Aquino II, as he returned to Manila from the U.S. to challenge Marcos rule. Benigno Aquinos widow, Corazon Aquino, mother of the current president, running for president as Marcos and his family and cronies fled to the U.S., sought to institute far-reaching reforms that critics have said were never effective. Adding to the irony. Enrile, who had served Marcos, turned against him in an alliance with Fidel Ramos, the general at the forefront of People Power during the massive demonstrations that engulfed Edsa, the main north-south artery through Metro Manila.
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