Monthly Archives: May 2015

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. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/world/europe/france-opens-criminal-inquiry-into-charges-of-abuse-by-peacekeepers-in-africa.html?ref=world 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/09/business/international/greece-us-russia-energy-pipeline.html?ref=world 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. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/08/us/nsa-phone-records-collection-ruled-illegal-by-appeals-court.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news 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. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/a7314ebbacd1441785c9b22c9be4d1ac/us-gives-farmers-approval-spray-crops-drones 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. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/6048120ec4514df19a21641c64fe506a/gunmans-hashtag-hinted-texas-plot Social media accounts linked to “violent […]

GMO poppy to help Afghanistan’s opium crop

It’s the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country’s intractable opium cultivation. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/629f0d31245c4533a3678b8c7176ca9d/afghan-poppy-farmers-say-new-seeds-will-boost-opium-output  This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin. The plants […]