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Venezuela expels more US diplomats over destabilization plot

President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela expelled the top American diplomat and two other embassy officials from the country on Monday, accusing them of supporting plots to sabotage the country’s electrical grid and the economy. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/world/americas/venezuela-expels-top-us-embassy-official-and-two-others.html?ref=world “We have detected a group of officials of the United States Embassy in Caracas, in Venezuela, and we have been […]

US nuclear command shake-up foreshadows possible event

Navy Vice Adm Timothy Giardina was removed from duty on 3 September, a US official said on Saturday. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24321395  Admiral Giardina was serving as the deputy in charge of the US Strategic Command, which oversees nuclear assets. He has not been arrested or charged as part of the inquiry, into possible use of counterfeit casino […]

Military Industrial Complex unveils pilotless warplanes

Boeing has revealed that it has retrofitted retired fighter jets to turn them into drones. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24231077   It said that one of the Lockheed Martin F-16 made a first flight with an empty cockpit last week.  It carried out a series of manoeuvres including a barrel roll and a “split S” – a move in which […]

FBI leak shows US complicit in terrorism threat

A former F.B.I. agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year. In the leak, the government was able to obtain a special underwear bomb apparently designed by a terrorist group’s master bomb maker, Ibrahim al-Asiri, to evade detection in airport […]

Despite problems The Experts allowed Alexis to continue

Aaron Alexis called the police in Newport, R.I., to complain that he was hearing voices sent by a “microwave machine,”  “Brenda from The Experts Inc. called re: Mr. Alexis in 407,” a Residence Inn employee noted in a log dated Aug. 7.  “She explained that he is unstable and the company is bringing him home,” […]

Halliburton admits to destroying evidence in Gulf spill case

A US court has accepted a guilty plea from Halliburton for destroying evidence connected with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-24168384   In a statement, the company said it had agreed to a fine of $200,000 for the unauthorised deletion of a computer record. One of the firm’s employees was also charged on […]

Mysterious circumstances surround Navy Yard shooting

Aaron Alexis, 34, is the alleged lone shooter in the Washington navy yard shooting which happened just after 8am on Monday as many of the 3,000 employees were arriving for work on the base.  http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/17/washington-naval-yard-shooting-suspect-arrested-guns However, The Washington Post, citing police sources, reported that three shooters, including one in military fatigues, were involved. The attackers […]

Saudi Arabia supports Al Qaeda in Syrian destabilization

Saudi Arabia, cooperating with American and British intelligence and other Arab governments, has increased deliveries of weapons to rebels fighting in southern Syria.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/13/world/middleeast/syrian-rebels-say-saudi-arabia-is-stepping-up-weapons-deliveries.html?ref=world   Leaders in Saudi Arabia and allies like Qatar chafed as rebel leaders fumed that their larger need — a way to shift the balance in the two-year-old civil war and […]

Within the decade smart cars will fill driverless roads

Germany’s Daimler AG plans to start selling a self-driving car by 2020 as part of its campaign to regain the top spot among premium carmakers.  http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/09/08/business/08reuters-autoshow-frankfurt-daimler.html?hp&_r=0  “We want to be the first to launch autonomous functions in production vehicles. You can be sure: we will accomplish that in this decade,” Daimler head of development Thomas […]

EU court confounds US and limits sanctions on Iran

In a setback for the United States’ attempts to isolate Iran, a European Union court threw out sanctions Friday on seven Iranian companies, including four banks, rejecting arguments that they were acting as front companies to bypass the punitive measures. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/world/europe/european-union-wrongly-imposed-sanctions-on-iranian-companies-court-rules.html?ref=world  The General Court in Brussels, the union’s second-highest tribunal, ruled that the bloc wrongly […]

Chobani issues recall after greek yogurt sickens thousands

Chobani says it’s issuing a recall of some of its Greek yogurt cups that were affected by mold. The recall comes after some customers reported claims of illnesses.  http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2013/09/05/us/ap-us-yogurt-recall.html?ref=us  The move comes about a week after the company first started asking retailers to pull the products from shelves, saying some cups were “swelling and bloating.” […]

Parks Police arrest another activist without charge in Phili

Iraq war veteran Emily Yates was arrested on Friday after a dispute with police about where she could stand while playing her banjo during a protest against U.S. military action in Syria. Yates asks Federal Parks Police why she could not stand in a shaded area of Independence Mall in Philadelphia. http://youtu.be/yE_efOGFlho  After several minutes […]

Indian police officer names superiors in illegal killing case

A high-ranking Indian police officer awaiting trial on suspicion of staging extrajudicial killings and passing them off as shootings committed during major terrorism arrests accused political leaders in the state of Gujarat on Tuesday of approving the executions. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/04/world/asia/indian-police-officer-says-leaders-approved-executions.html?ref=world  The officer, D. G. Vanzara, said that two leaders of India’s opposition Bharatiya Janata Party — […]

Russia joins chorus doubting chemical weapons evidence

In an interview published on Wednesday, President Vladimir V. Putin said it seemed “completely ridiculous” for the government of President Bashar al-Assad to have used chemical weapons and that there was still not sufficient proof to justify the military strike that President Obama has asked Congress to authorize.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/world/europe/putin-says-proof-of-chemical-arms-attack-not-enough-to-justify-us-attack.html?ref=world   Mr. Putin, speaking to The […]

FBI increases domestic surveillance while war with Syria looms

The F.B.I. has increased its surveillance inside the United States in response to concerns that a military strike against the government of President Bashar al-Assad could lead to terrorist attacks here or against American allies and interests abroad. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/us/fbi-sharpens-scrutiny-of-syrians-in-us-for-signs-of-retaliation.html?ref=us    The authorities are particularly concerned because Iran — one of Mr. Assad’s closest allies — […]

Snowden releases US intelligence budget, Post withholds info

The top secret budget request for the current fiscal year was obtained by The Washington Post from the former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden and published in part on its Web site on Thursday. The newspaper said it was withholding most of the 178-page document at the request of government officials because “sensitive […]

UN tries to forestall US aggression in Syria

Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations, cut short a European trip and rushed home on Thursday to prepare for a weekend briefing by his team of chemical weapons inspectors on the ground in Syria. He implored President Obama to refrain from a threatened military strike and to allow the procedures enshrined in […]

End to marijuana prohibition a historic day in Drug War

The Justice Department on Thursday said it would not sue to block laws legalizing marijuana in 20 states and the District of Columbia, a move that proponents hailed as an important step toward ending the prohibition of the drug.  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/30/us/politics/us-says-it-wont-sue-to-undo-state-marijuana-laws.html?ref=us    Marijuana advocates praised the decision as a potentially historic shift in the federal government’s attitude […]

China asks for evidence in West pretext for war with Syria

China, clinging to a longstanding policy of noninterference, said on Wednesday that it opposed military action against Syria and insisted that the truth about the chemical weapons attack against civilians last week remained unclear. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/29/world/asia/culprit-in-syrian-chemical-attack-is-unclear-china-insists.html?ref=world   As momentum built for Western military strikes against Syria, China was unmoved by the conclusions of Western governments that […]

Middle East questions validity of US pretext for war

Why would Syria’s Bashar Hafez al-Assad launch a deadly chemical attack on a scale not yet seen in his country’s civil war — as American and allied officials assert his loyalists did last week — when he seemed to be holding his own in the stalemated conflict, and just as international weapons inspectors arrived in the […]