Monthly Archives: May 2015

US appeals court releases nun from prison

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. 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 […]

FL police Taser 39 year old black man to death

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. Calvon Reid, 39, died in February following a late-night incident in which he displayed threatening and violent behavior outside his Fort […]

Whistleblowers file: Menendez vs Halliburton

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. months earlier, Halliburton had settled with the SEC after a two-year accounting probe. In hiring him, […]

Celebrating the New World Order at Davos

At high-minded conferences like the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the parties seem to be usurping the panels. 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 […]

ISIS suspect connected to US military in Iraq

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. The Justice Department […]

The Colombian drug war, Glyphosate and cancer

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. The decision ends a program that has continued for […]

How the truth brings down a corrupt system

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. 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 […]

Driverless automobiles on the road this summer

The latest version of Google’s self-driving car — a pod-like two-seater that needs no gas pedal or steering wheel — will make its debut on public roads this summer, a significant step in the technology giant’s mission to have driverless cars available to consumers in the next five years. This prototype is the first […]

Western Europe faces down Facebook on privacy

Facebook (FB.O) tramples on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodges questions from national regulators, Belgium’s privacy watchdog said on Friday. Belgium’s Privacy Protection Commission (CPVP/CBPL), which is working with German, Dutch, French and Spanish counterparts, launched the blistering attack after trying to find out more about the U.S. […]

US honey bee die-off continues at alarming pace

A prolonged die-off of the nation’s honeybees, a trend worrisome both to beekeepers and to farmers who depend on the insects to pollinate their crops, apparently worsened last year. In an annual survey released on Wednesday by the Bee Informed Partnership, a consortium of universities and research laboratories, about 5,000 beekeepers reported losing 42.1 […]

New law said to reign in NSA domestic spying a bit

The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to end the federal government’s bulk collection of phone records, exerting enormous pressure on Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, who insists that dragnet sweeps continue in defiance of many of those in his Republican Party. Under the bipartisan bill, which passed 338 to […]

TPP Fast Track stalls but approval moves ahead

The U.S. Senate is set to hold an important test vote on legislation to help him complete a Pacific Rim deal. Just two days earlier, Obama’s own Democrats defied him and blocked consideration of the “fast-track” trade negotiating authority he needs to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal with 11 other Pacific Rim countries […]

In Colombia Glysophate is a danger to humans

Manuel de Jesus Sanchez holds up a green poncho to protect his skin from the midday sun. The farmer says he was working in a rice paddy four years ago when a crop duster buzzed by, dumping large quantities of what everyone here refers to as “the poison.” From that moment Sanchez was exposed […]

USDA develops GMO label yet use is voluntary

The Agriculture Department has developed the first government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. USDA’s move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Certification would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods […]

United Nations peackeepers rape african children

French troops are said to have sexually abused children during their UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, the Paris prosecutor’s office said on Thursday. In a statement, the prosecutor’s office said it had opened a formal judicial investigation against unidentified persons on charges of rape and complicity of rape against minors younger […]

US enforces economic blockade of russian oil

The United States, wading into the international efforts to shape Greece’s economic and geopolitical orientation, is pushing the leftist government in Athens to resist Russia’s energy overtures. A State Department envoy in Athens on Friday planned to urge Greece to embrace a Western-backed project that would link Europe to natural gas supplies in Azerbaijan, […]

NY fed court rules NSA data collection illegal

A federal appeals court in New York ruled on Thursday that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal. The decision comes as a fight in Congress is intensifying over whether to end and replace the program, or to extend it without changes. In a […]

Chicago settles with victims of police torture

For decades, they had waited for an apology. This group of black men, some now graying and bent by age, had complained of violent abuse at the hands of the police in the 1970s and ’80s on this city’s South Side. They said they had been suffocated with plastic bags, beaten with phone books, shocked […]

Giant drones win FAA approval to spray poison

A drone large enough to carry tanks of pesticides has won rare approval from federal authorities to spray crops in the United States, officials said Tuesday. The drone, called the RMAX, is a remotely piloted helicopter that weighs 207 pounds (94 kilograms), said Steve Markofski, a spokesman for Yamaha Corp. U.S.A., which developed the […]

Garland shooters allowed to carry out attack

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint intelligence bulletin to local law enforcement on April 20 warning that the Garland event was a possible target for a terrorist attack, according to a DHS official who was not authorized to be quoted discussing the document. Social media accounts linked to “violent […]