Why is Obama Hiding 6,000-Page Report on Bush-Era Torture and Why is Torture Still Allowed?
President Barack Obama is currently blocking the release—or allowing the CIA to block the release—of a comprehensive Senate report on the use of torture by the George W. Bush administration CIA that is said to conclude that torture was not an effective or reliable method of interrogation and that the agency repeatedly misled the White [...]
Genocide in Guatemala: The Conviction of Efrain Rios Montt
It has been hailed as the first conviction for genocide of a former head of state in his own country, and certainly the first of a former Latin American strongman. Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt was convicted by a Guatemalan court on Friday for his participation in crimes against the Mayans during his rule [...]
The EU: Israel’s Faithful Brother in Arms
During Israel’s latest onslaught against the Gaza Strip in November 2012, a major conference was held in Tel Aviv: the 2nd Israel HLS International Conference. Among the most prominent sponsors of the homeland security event were two of Israel’s largest weapons companies, Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), both of which cooperate closely with [...]
Detroit is ‘insolvent,’ according to emergency manager
Kevyn Orr was hired by Michigan back in March to meet with leaders in Detroit to try and figure a way to save the once-thriving city from total bankruptcy. On Sunday he released the first report to show his findings over the past month and a half, and his assessment painted a picture of a [...]
Guns and terror making US an unsafe security state
On Sunday, during a Mother’s Day parade in New Orleans, at least two gunmen opened fire into the crowd, injuring 19 revelers. What is going on here? How can it be that America seems to be getting more dangerous despite the raft of over-the-top security measures that have been put in place since 9/11? Could [...]
Britain to double aid to Syrian opposition in 2014 – Cameron
Cameron has vowed an extra £10 million for non-lethal equipment and £30 million more for humanitarian assistance for Syrian people as the two politicians outlined further steps to “bring to an end the killing” of Syrian people. “We will double non-lethal support to the Syrian opposition in the coming year. Armored vehicles, body armor and [...]
Graduates to be taken to court if they do not repay the loans.
Officials warned they are ready to take the graduates to court if they do not repay the loans. “With British students paying more in tuition than ever before, many people will not understand how it is possible that foreign students from the EU are able to turn up to the UK, run up taxpayer-backed debts [...]
“This is s grave military provocation”:N.Korea
The nuclear-powered USS Nimitz has anchored off the South Korean’s port of Busan on Saturday. The ship will take part in search and rescue operations and sea maneuvers from Monday to Tuesday off the country’s eastern coast, the South Korean Defense Ministry announced. Pyongyang’s cross-border affairs ministry branded the deployment as a “grave military provocation” [...]
UK spyware used against Bahraini activists?
The evidence submitted contains a witness statement from Bahraini activist and writer Ala’a Shehabi, 30. She has both Bahraini and British citizenship, and is one of the founding members of Bahrain Watch, an independent research and advocacy organization set up following a security crackdown in the country in February 2011. Shebabi became one of the [...]
Israel sets up ‘secret’ diplomatic mission in Persian Gulf
The Finance Ministry’s budget for the next year, to be submitted for Cabinet approval this week, has revealed that Israel has created almost a dozen new missions around the world since 2010. The Financial Ministry’s website mentioned Embassies in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Wellington (New Zealand), Accra (Ghana), Tirana (Albania) and the Caribbean, as well as consulates [...]