A US federal appeals court has ordered the immediate release of three anti-nuclear activists, including an elderly Catholic nun, the group’s lawyer says. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-32762912 Attorney Bill Quigley says he hopes they will be released within days. Last week, sabotage convictions against Sister Megan Rice, 85, Michael Walli, 66, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 59, for breaking into […]

The death of an unarmed black man who died two days after South Florida police officers shocked him with a Taser device has been ruled a homicide, according to the local medical examiner. https://www.newsmax.com/US/florida-man-taser-death/2015/05/15/id/644972/ Calvon Reid, 39, died in February following a late-night incident in which he displayed threatening and violent behavior outside his Fort […]

Tony Menendez worked various accounting jobs before landing an executive position at Halliburton in March 2005. The job came with a fancy title, Director of Technical Accounting Research and Training, and was the most responsibility he’d ever had. https://www.propublica.org/article/the-whistleblowers-tale-how-an-accountant-took-on-halliburton?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1429617751Only months earlier, Halliburton had settled with the SEC after a two-year accounting probe. In hiring him, […]

At high-minded conferences like the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the parties seem to be usurping the panels.  http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/05/04/plutocrats-gone-wild-davos/?_r=0 A few weeks ago, a pyramid entitled “The C.E.O. Hierarchy of Needs” went viral. At the bottom is “Stay out of jail,” followed by “Don’t run out of cash”; at the top is “Go to […]

An Iraqi man who worked as a translator for the American military before moving to the United States in 2009 was arrested on Thursday in Texas by F.B.I. agents who say he pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State last year and misled them about his travels to Syria. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/us/iraqi-who-worked-for-the-us-military-is-arrested-in-texas-in-link-to-islamic-state.html?ref=world The Justice Department […]

The government of Colombia on Thursday night rejected a major tool in the American-backed antidrug campaign — ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country’s vast illegal plantings of coca, the crop used to make cocaine, citing concerns that the spray causes cancer. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/world/americas/colombia-halts-us-backed-spraying-of-illegal-coca-crops.html?ref=world The decision ends a program that has continued for […]

An almost surreal scandal involving hundreds of thousands of secretly recorded conversations caught top government officials discussing everything from rigging votes to covering up killings. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/15/world/europe/tiny-macedonia-confronts-a-supersize-scandal.html?ref=world Two ministers and the head of the secret services have resigned. Thousands have taken to the streets demanding the right-wing government’s ouster. And last weekend, 25 miles north of […]

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