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U.S. has only jet to transport Ebola patients safely エボラ患者を輸送可能な航空機は1機だけ

As the Ebola virus spread quickly across parts of Africa in March, U.S. officials confronted a logistical nightmare: a complete lack of infrastructure in affected regions, no evacuation plans and air charter services that were unable or unwilling to fly into the region to transport seriously ill patients.

And it turns out there’s only one jet in the world – operated by a small private plane charter company in Georgia – with a special transport tube that allows medical personnel to treat Ebola patients while in flight.

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キリスト教保守派、「復権」目指し米首都で年次会合

 米野党共和党の強力な支持基盤であるキリスト教保守派が主催する「バリューズ・ボーター・サミット」が先週末、ワシントン市内で開かれた。政治的影響力に陰りが見られるキリスト教保守派だが、リベラルなオバマ大統領の政権運営に不満を募らせており、2016年の次期大統領選に向けて「復権」を目指している。(ワシントン・早川俊行、写真も)

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Army intel bucks Homeland, warns anew of possible Islamic State attack on U.S. soil 陸軍情報機関が米本土へのイスラム国の攻撃を警告

While the Department of Homeland Security downplays possible U.S. threats from the Islamic State, Army intelligence has issued its own warning to military personnel about the possibility of an attack against them on U.S. soil.

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Fence good for White House, but not for southern border? 治安防護壁はホワイトハウスには必要で、南部国境には不要なのか

President Obama has finally endorsed building a better security wall. It won’t be on the southern border, where one is badly needed. Instead, the administration wants new and improved barriers to keep the people as far away from “the people’s house” as possible.

It’s the response to Omar J. Gonzalez, a 42-year-old homeless veteran from Texas, who made his way past the security agents, clearing the gate and sprinting across the lawn and making his way into the White House.

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counterinsurgency operatives deployed to Ukraine 武装勢力対策チームをウクライナに派遣

The Pentagon has dispatched eight military personnel to Kiev this week to provide tips to Ukrainian security forces on counterinsurgency and military planning tactics.

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‘Make in India’: Prime minister envisions manufacturing hub to rival China 「メーク・イン・インディア」中国と並ぶ製造拠点目指すインド首相

Seeking to put some muscle behind his promise to revamp and revitalize his nation’s economy, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil a sweeping “Make in India” campaign Thursday just ahead of his highly anticipated trip to the U.S.

The aim of the campaign will be to turn India, which has lagged behind rival China in the international economic sweepstakes, into a global manufacturing hub and generate major job opportunities across the country, officials said. The campaign will be presented to executives of some 3,000 companies and will be publicized in world capitals, according to a report by New Delhi Television Ltd.

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ブラジル大統領選挙で涙を誘ったシルバ候補

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 南米の大国ブラジルで来月5日に大統領選挙が実施されるが、女性候補2人がデッドヒートを繰り広げている。

 両候補とも異色の経歴だ。現職ルセフ大統領は、ブラジルの軍政時代に反政府活動を行い、軍部によって拷問を受けた。

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オバマ・ホワイトハウスと米軍、対イスラム国戦略で深い溝

 米国のイスラム教スンニ派過激組織「イスラム国」に対する軍事戦略をめぐり、オバマ・ホワイトハウスと軍の間で相違が表面化している。戦闘部隊は派遣しないと繰り返し明言するオバマ大統領に対し、軍は特殊部隊の活用などあらゆる選択肢を排除したくないとの立場だ。ホワイトハウスはこれまでも、アフガニスタン戦略などで軍と対立してきたが、両者の深い溝は今また対イスラム国戦略の先行きを曇らせている。(ワシントン・早川俊行)

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Illegals on Obamacare? Feds set to bounce 115,000 from program who can’t prove citizenship 滞在資格示せず、11万5000人がオバマケア登録無効に

The Obama administration has dragged its feet on revoking Obamacare coverage for people who can’t prove U.S. citizenship or legal residency, allowing some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. to continue enjoying taxpayer-funded benefits, a Republican senator charged Monday.

“The Obama administration is bending over backwards to give Obamacare to illegal immigrants but won’t protect hardworking American citizens who are losing their health care coverage,” said Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican and an outspoken critic of President Obama’s health care law.

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The Obama disease takes toll on economy オバマ病が経済を損なう

Ronald Reagan’s famous question that sank Jimmy Carter in 1980 – “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” – could be reprised to measure the performance of Barack Obama and the Democrats. The latest figures from the Census Bureau and Federal Reserve suggest the answer would be an emphatic “no.”

In 2008, Mr. Obama’s message of hope and change resonated with the promise of “policies that invest in our middle-class, create new jobs, and grow this economy from the bottom up so that everyone has a chance to succeed.” Audiences cheered, but now with the knowledge from experience, the question becomes, has that investment paid off?

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Hillary Clinton at DNC women’s forum: ‘So much at stake’ in this year’s midterms ヒラリー・クリントン氏、民主党女性会議で投票を呼び掛け

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged a crowd Friday at the Women’s Leadership Forum to get out the vote this year, saying that the midterm elections are “crucial” and “there is so much at stake.”

“Voters have a choice in November – a choice between those who blocked paycheck fairness, who applauded Hobby Lobby, who tried to stop the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, or leaders who will fight for women and girls to have opportunities and rights they deserve,” she said at the forum hosted by the Democratic National Committee. “Leaders who will fight for families and for all of us.”

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女性2候補の支持率拮抗 、ブラジル大統領選が終盤戦へ

 【サンパウロ綾村悟】10月5日に大統領選挙を控えるブラジルで、最新の世論調査結果が発表され、与党・労働党の現職ジルマ・ルセフ大統領と、野党・ブラジル社会党から出馬しているマリナ・シルバ元環境相の女性2候補が支持率で拮抗(きっこう)していることが明らかになった。

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CIA goes to war 戦争に向かうCIA

Behind the scenes of the U.S. military preparations for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the al Qaeda offshoot terrorist group Islamic State, the CIA is gearing up for new drone strikes and a surge in intelligence-gathering operations to support it, according to U.S. officials.

The agency is beefing up its presence in countries near Syria, including Jordan, as part of increased U.S. military operations in the region, said officials close to the agency. Liaison with regional spy services also is being increased.

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Congress demands Obama act to keep Islamic terrorists out of U.S. 米議会、イスラム戦士の入国阻止へ行動求める

While President Obama is focused on getting money to friendly-ish Syrian rebels, Congress is increasingly demanding he take more steps to stop militant fighters from coming to the U.S. by stripping Americans of their passports if they join the fight and by suspending countries that have large contingents of foreign fighters from the Visa Waiver Program.

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オバマ米政権の対イスラム国戦略、「イエメン・モデル」は成功せず

 オバマ米大統領は10日に発表したイスラム教スンニ派の過激組織「イスラム国」打倒に向けた戦略で、空爆をシリアに拡大する一方、戦闘部隊は派遣しない方針を強調した。だが、イラク、シリアで広大な地域を支配し、本格的な軍隊と化しつつあるイスラム国を空爆中心の作戦で打倒するのは困難で、専門家からは地上部隊派遣を伴わない戦略は成功しないとの見方が出ている。(ワシントン・早川俊行)

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The ‘monetary-easing’ moneytrap 「金融緩和」という金融政策のわな

The plates to print money across the world ought to come with a warning label. There’s nothing more addictive to government than the ability to flood the market with paper currency. It seems like a solution, but it’s not. Mario Draghi, the president of the European Central Bank, announced last week a desperate “monetary-easing” policy that will combine with negative interest rates to prop up crumbling economies in the Old World.

The central bank’s asset-buying scheme won’t be any more successful in Europe than the Federal Reserve’s “Operation Twist” has been in the United States. For the past three years, the Fed has been swapping short-term securities for long-term securities in a scheme to drive down long-term interest rates in the hopes that would encourage businesses to borrow and invest.

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Chastened, changed Obama suddenly echoes Bush 41 ブッシュ元大統領思わせるオバマ氏の演説

It’s long been said that the Oval Office changes its occupants in ways only those who have served in the small club of presidents can appreciate.

Nowhere was that more apparent than Wednesday night when Barack Obama, the once youthful politician who just six years ago eschewed American interventionism across the globe, became the fourth graying-haired president in the last quarter century to ask the American people to support a decision for expanded military action in Iraq.

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米国で人気の農産物青空市

地球だより

 米首都ワシントン郊外の自宅近くの教会駐車場で毎週土曜日に開かれている「ファーマーズ・マーケット(FM)」をのぞいてみた。FMとは、近隣の農家が野菜や果物などを直売する青空市のことで、健康志向や食の安全意識の高まりを受け、全米各地で急増している。農務省の統計によると、1994年に1755カ所だったFMは、20年で5倍近い8268カ所に拡大したという。

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11月4日米中間選挙、上院主導権の帰趨が焦点

 11月4日の米中間選挙まであと3カ月を切った。下院では共和党の過半数支配が継続することはほぼ確実だが、上院の主導権はどう転ぶか分からない。共和党が上院主導権を奪取し、議会上下両院を支配できるかどうかが焦点だ。(ワシントン・久保田秀明)

 米議会の現状は、上院(100議席)が民主党53議席、共和党45議席、無所属2議席、下院(435議席)が共和党234議席、民主党199議席、空席2議席だ。

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Obama immigration delay means 60,000 to be deported by November 移民改革の延期で11月までに6万人が国外退去に

Nearly 60,000 immigrants will be deported before November elections if the government holds its pace, and many of them might have earned tentative legal status had President Obama taken unilateral action to halt deportations.

Mr. Obama’s decision to put off any action until after midterm elections, which the White House leaked Saturday hours before he announced it himself in an interview with NBC, was mocked by Republicans and enraged immigrant rights groups, who said they felt betrayed after throwing their support to the president in the 2012 election.

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Childhood outlawed 違法とされる子供時代のしつけ方

The days when a boy could ride his bicycle to the park to take in a carefree summer day are gone with the wind. Society now insists on coddling the young, insisting on helmets and padding lest a raindrop fall and bruise a scalp or skull. A new Reason-Rupe poll, alas, finds that’s the way Americans want it, because they’re terrified that boys will be boys.

Among those surveyed, 83 percent demand laws against parents who won’t constantly hover over their 6-year-olds playing in a public space. Sixty-eight percent want the government to intervene lest a 9-year-old be seen by himself in a public park at high noon.

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Obama: Syrians, Iraqis – not U.S. – need to lead fight against Islamic State イスラム国と戦うのはシリア人とイラク人-オバマ氏

President Obama said that while the Islamic State can’t be defeated without boots on the ground, those boots will not be members of the American military.

Mr. Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he planned to address the nation Wednesday night to inform the American people on the nature of the threat from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, and his strategy for dealing with it.

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U.S. military reliance on Russian rocket raises security fears 米軍のロシア製ロケットへの依存で国家安全保障に懸念

The rising tensions with Russia over its aggression in Ukraine is creating national security concerns inside the Pentagon, where the military’s largest satellite program is reliant on a rocket engine produced by Moscow.

The Air Force said it has begun looking for alternatives to the RD-180 rocket engines for its Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program – the fourth largest line item in the U.S. defense budget – now that Russia has threatened to cut off the technology in its tit-for-tat struggle with the U.S.

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