Monthly Archives: April 2014

Former Venezuelan intelligence chief assasinated

A former chief of Venezuela’s intelligence service, Eliecer Otaiza, was killed on Saturday, officials have revealed. http://www.bbc.com/news/27202809 Maj Otaiza, a friend and ally of the late president Hugo Chavez, was shot dead outside the capital, Caracas. President Nicolas Maduro said police would investigate the “suspicious” circumstances of his death. Maj Otaiza was elected in December […]

US seeks to weaken 4th amendment in cellphone search case

The US Supreme Court is hearing arguments over whether police may search a suspect’s mobile phone without a warrant during an arrest. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-27209463 The high court is weighing appeals by two people convicted based on evidence found on their phones. The defendants argue their constitutional protections against unreasonable searches were violated. But the government argues […]

Supreme Court looks to fail First Amendment in Lane case

Whether Edward R. Lane, a former director of a youth program at a public community college in Alabama, could be fired for responding to a subpoena and giving trial testimony in one of the most egregious public corruption situations in Alabama’s history was considered by the US Supreme Court Monday.   http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/29/us/justices-appear-willing-to-give-a-fired-public-worker-only-half-a-victory.html?ref=us A majority of the […]

Judge orders details of CIA secret detentions released

A military judge ordered prosecutors on Tuesday to turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantánamo Bay detainee spent in secret C.I.A. prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the destroyer Cole in Yemen. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/23/us/politics/judge-demands-details-on-detainees-time-in-secret-cia-prisons.html?src=rechp The order was a victory for defense lawyers representing the detainee, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who […]

Russia reveals West wanting to “seize” all Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the West of wanting to “seize” Ukraine, amid escalating rhetoric between Russia and the US. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27153909 American officials say Russia is behind unrest in eastern Ukrainian cities. Ukraine has warned it will consider any crossing into its territory by Russian troops stationed on the border as a “military […]

Ecuador expels more US military personnel

The United States says about 20 of its military personnel will leave Ecuador by the end of April, to comply with an order from the government. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27165203 Earlier this month, President Rafael Correa told the US Department of Defense to leave amid concerns of meddling in Ecuador’s internal affairs. The order does not affect the […]

Austerity protests overshadow Portuguese democracy events

Protests over EU-imposed austerity have overshadowed the 40th anniversary of democracy in Portugal. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27166719 Several thousand people marched in central Lisbon and listened to speeches criticising government cuts. Participating in the protest marches were some of the leaders of the 1974 Carnation Revolution, which ended almost five decades of dictatorship. Portugal has had to implement […]