Monthly Archives: October 2014

Google’s Nanotech: RFID dust and socialized medicine

Google is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient’s bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a wrist-worn sensor. The idea is to identify slight changes in the person’s biochemistry that could act as an early warning system. The work is still at an early stage. Early diagnosis is the […]

CIA, FBI cover up employment of Nazi war criminals

In the decades after World War II, the C.I.A. and other United States agencies employed at least a thousand Nazis as Cold War spies and informants and, as recently as the 1990s, concealed the government’s ties to some still living in America. At the height of the Cold War in the 1950s, law enforcement […]

Peace prize laureates call out US on CIA torture program

A dozen Nobel Peace Prize laureates are urging President Obama to make “full disclosure to the American people of the extent and use of torture” by the United States, including the release of a long-delayed Senate report about the C.I.A.’s torture of terrorism suspects. The laureates told Mr. Obama, who was awarded the Peace […]

Egypt’s Sissi labels jihadist attack a foreign conspiracy

Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi says a deadly assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula that killed 30 troops was a “foreign-funded operation.” Roaring in front of cameras on Saturday, el-Sissi said there are foreign powers that want to “break the back of Egypt,” without elaborating. He vowed to take drastic measures to […]

Putin details the western conspiracy for russian experts

President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Friday unleashed perhaps his strongest diatribe against the United States yet, telling an international meeting of Russia experts about the American meddling that has sparked most of the world’s recent crises, including those in Ukraine and the Middle East. Instead of supporting democracy and sovereign states, Mr. […]

US explores hacking into implanted medical devices

US officials have revealed they are researching examples of medical equipment that are vulnerable to hack attack and could potentially put patients’ lives at risk. The products include heart implants and drug infusion pumps, according to a report by the Reuters news agency. It said investigators were concerned that flaws in the kit could […]

Amnesty says Ferguson police violated protesters rights

The police in Ferguson, Mo., violated the rights of protesters during demonstrations after the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in August, according to a report issued by Amnesty International on Friday. The human rights group said the Ferguson Police Department should review its standards, practices and training to ensure that they “conform fully to […]

EU court rules against Poland in CIA torture case

The Polish government has appealed a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that the country violated the rights of two terrorism suspects by transferring them to a so-called “black site” in northeast Poland run by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Friday. The court ruled in July […]

Israel military shoots and kills another Palestinian child

Israeli troops on Friday shot and killed a Palestinian teenager who also held American citizenship. Dr. Sameer Saliba, of the Palestinian Medical Complex in Ramallah, said that Orwa Abdel Wahab Hammad, 14, from Silwad, a village northeast of Ramallah, was brought to the hospital about 6 p.m. with a bullet wound to the head, […]

Axe attack in NYC was committed by an islamic jihadist

Police in New York say an axe attack on two officers was a terrorist act carried out by a radicalised Muslim convert. Zale Thompson, 32, was shot dead after wounding the two officers, one critically, in Queens on Thursday. Commissioner William Bratton said Thompson was not on any watch lists but had browsed al-Qaeda […]

Imperialist bankers salivate over African sovereign debt

Five men in dark business suits gathered before Maria Kiwanuka in a semicircle. They were international bankers and they had a pitch to make. Ms. Kiwanuka, the finance minister of Uganda, was sitting up on a small riser, her bright pink and gold dress a sharp contrast to the men’s suits. Bankers are jockeying […]

UK continues to hamper child sex ring investigation

Britain’s efforts to investigate a long list of child abuse scandals suffered another setback this week, when it emerged that the new head of a national inquiry was on “dinner party terms” with a former minister most likely to be questioned about an alleged cover-up. The government’s first choice to lead the investigation, Elizabeth […]

West ties Russia to Islamic terrorists in show trial

A former Russian soldier who switched sides during the Soviet war in Afghanistan, stayed behind and later fought American troops will be flown to the United States to face terrorism charges, a federal official said Thursday. The transfer resolves a matter that has bedeviled the American government for years as officials debated what to […]

Judge dismisses lawsuit accusing IRS of targeting groups

A federal judge on Thursday dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service related to the agency’s treatment of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, ruling that no remedy was necessary because the groups’ applications were ultimately approved. “The allegedly unconstitutional governmental conduct, which delayed the processing of the plaintiff’s tax-exempt application and brought about […]

US blames ISIL for chlorine gas use after accusing Assad

American security officials said Thursday that they were looking into a new report that Islamic State militants had used chlorine gas as a weapon against Iraqi police officers last month near Balad, north of Baghdad. According to the accounts of the officers, fighters for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, set […]

Canada admits Parliament shooter was known to police

The Canadian police acknowledged on Thursday that the gunman who traumatized the capital in a deadly shooting rampage had not been identified as a security threat despite his criminal record in three cities, embrace of extremist ideas and intent to travel to Syria. The police also conceded that they did not even know that […]

US tests orbiting space drone

An unmanned US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California. The aircraft, resembling a miniature space shuttle and known as the Orbital Test Vehicle or X-37B, spent 674 days in orbit around the planet. It was the unmanned plane’s third space flight, but its mission […]

FBI director says citizens data privacy should be regulated

The director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, said on Thursday that the “post-Snowden pendulum” that has driven Apple and Google to offer fully encrypted cellphones had “gone too far.” He hinted that as a result, the administration might seek regulations and laws forcing companies to create a way for the government to unlock the […]

UN: People who avoid West Africans are prejudiced

The new United Nations human rights chief expressed alarm on Thursday over anti-African prejudices arising from the Ebola crisis, warning against what he described as ill-conceived quarantine enforcements and discriminatory travel restrictions. In his first news conference since formally taking over the job on Sept. 1, the high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad […]

Israeli military shoots and kills more Palestinian children

The Israeli military said it would immediately investigate reports that soldiers killed a 13-year-old Palestinian on Thursday night during a confrontation in a village near the West Bank city of Ramallah. The boy, Bahaa Sameer Mousa Bader, was shot once in the chest and died 20 minutes after arriving at the hospital, said Dr. […]