JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly news video update for December 30, 2013 - January 5, 2014.

Mohamad Chatah, who served as Lebanon’s Ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2000, was assassinated on December 27 when a car bomb struck his car in downtown Beirut.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) voted against the NDAA, noting that it retained the indefinite detention provisions of past versions.

Nelson Mandela is becoming what Napoleon considered a foundational building block of history: an “agreed upon myth.” But the man was always far different from the myth. Mandela founded the armed wing of the ANC, known as Umkhonto we Sizwe. And while current reportage often implies that the US’s branding him a terrorist in the 1980s was a national disgrace, the truth is that the Great Man of Peace was a terrorist. In fact, the SA government offered to release him from prison in 1985 if only he’d renounce violence. He refused to do so.

With the armed conflict between Western-backed Islamists and the Bashar al-Assad regime still raging, recent reports suggest growing unease among some rebel groups and anti-Assad activists with the surge in influence and power of al Qaeda-linked terrorists determined to enslave Syria under brutally enforced Islamic law, or sharia.

A U.S. drone strike killed innocent members of a wedding party in Yemen.

Ten years after the capture of Saddam Hussein by U.S. troops on December 13, 2003, observers have documented an Iraq that is still in turmoil, as al Qaeda militants wage an increasingly aggressive campaign to extend their influence over the country. 

Congress is rushing to approve the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by the end of the year.

The National Security Agency (NSA) has no monopoly on the use of intrusive surveillance tools to keep us all under the watchful eye of government.  A story in the Washington Post reveals that the FBI can remotely activate laptop cameras without users knowing they're being watched.

Revolutionary leader Nelson Mandela died late Thursday, December 5, and presidents, dictators, and the press from around the world are in mourning, but it should be remembered that the U.S. government labeled his group a terrorist group for a reason.

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