At least three residents from the mainly Alawite neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen were beaten and wounded by gunfire Saturday after they were forced out of a bus in a predominantly Sunni area of Tripoli, in the latest sectarian attack in the northern Lebanese city.
Israeli officials mad after Obama administration confirmed IDF struck a Syrian military base this week. Israel, which refused to comment on the strike, is fuming behind the scenes and accusing the U.S. which gives Israel $3 billion in funding annually of not behaving like a proper ally:
The new law would expand definition of official secrets, journalists convicted under it could be jailed for up to five years. Law too broad and vague, impossible to predict what would come under its umbrella. Lack of independent review process leaves wide latitude for abuse.
Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast, and along the west coast. More may be heading toward coastal communities. Concern over contamination of fish and wildlife. Health problems in Alaskan wildlife, including seals, polar bears, walruses, whales, and sea stars.
A leaked UN document says that climate change will threaten the world’s food supply in coming years. The document comes from the assessments of a scientific panel the UN appointed to research the impacts of climate change.
Thousands of demonstrators protested in Portuguese capital Lisbon against new austerity cuts in public sector, call on Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho's government to resign. Portugal’s main union (CGPT): budget destroys jobs, steals salaries, pensions, cuts health, welfare, education.
7,000 troops, other personnel from all North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member states, partner countries participating in massive military exercise near Russia’s western borders in Poland and in the Baltic Sea. Putin has long complained about NATO’s eastward expansion.
To fund Israel’s development of two missile systems and to finance the purchase of extra batteries for 2014. Aid is in addition to the $3.1 billion in military assistance that Washington provides to the Zionist regime annually. US government serve Israel interests due to influence of the powerful Zionist lobby
Program to plant unmanned vehicles on the ocean floor ready to speed to the surface and fly into the air for surveillance and operational purposes. Drones will be placed in deep-sea capsules that would lay dormant for years, wait for signal to send them into action. Considering drones that travel on water.
German, French, Spanish and Swedish intelligence services developed mass surveillance of internet, phone traffic past five years, partner with Britain’s GCHQ spy agency. German, French and Spanish governments angry over (NSA) spying on communications of millions of their citizens.
Russian officials defended the weapons shipments. Fulfilling previously signed contracts, not violating international law with the deliveries. More deliveries, militarily significant. Air force jets refurbished by Russia and delivered to Assad’s forces.
LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon: his officers prepared for an event identical to the shooting weeks in advance. Officers at the Ontario, California airport conducted similar active shooter drills earlier in the month. Not first time gunman has opened fire inside an LAX terminal. July 2002: two shot, killed.
Pakistani government accused US of "scuttling" efforts towards peace talks with Taliban after their leader killed in drone strike on Friday.US ambassador summoned over the issue.Pakistan does not see this drone attack as an attack on an individual but as an attack on the peace process.
Successor to the SR-71 Blackbird, potentially the first hypersonic craft to enter service. could fly as fast as Mach 6 - twice the speed of the Blackbird. The SR-72 would have the ability to gather intelligence, conduct surveillance and reconnaissance, and launch combat strikes at an unprecedented speed.
Land on the island of Kauai leased out to Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta, BASF, Pioneer, and Bayer. Open air testing of herbicides, experimental pesticides and GMOs. Bill “113’ would ban open-air growing of experimental GMO crops known to cross-pollinate, contaminate organic crops nearby.
The all-out attack on Americans’ gun rights is now being taken to the next level. The goal is to regulate all forms of ammunition out of existence, and they’re starting with Doe Run, which is the last of America’s domestic lead processing and manufacturing facilities.
Federal agencies to work with states to build “resilience” against major storms, other weather extremes: excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification and sea-level rise already affecting communities.
Ongoing fight over whether Arizona will continue its remarkable expansion of solar energy, a ThinkProgress analysis reveals four of five members of the state’s energy regulator are tied to the conservative anti-clean energy group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
Syrian state TV: The army has captured a strategic town in northern Syria believed to be home of a chemical weapons production facility, storage sites. The town of Safira scene of three weeks of intense fighting as army kept trying to retake it from rebels who have been in control there for more than a year.
Belgium, where euthanasia is already legal for adults over 18 years of age, wants to extend the option to children. If controversial bill is passed, will be first country to grant minors the right to die. Decision only legal with parental consent. Domestic opposition from the Christian Democratic and Flemish party.
On Tuesday, November 4, voters will choose whether or not to adopt a 15 percent excise tax on marijuana, in addition to an extra 10 percent sales tax to fund pot enforcement.opponents argue that marijuana should not be taxed any more than beer, which has a tax of eight cents for every gallon.
Five-star Gen. Juan Carlos Bonilla was accused a decade ago of running death squads and today oversees a department suspected of beating, killing and "disappearing" its detainees. He is the top cop in the country that serves as a way station for most South American cocaine bound for the U. S.
Food stamps are being cut by $5 billion. Individual receiving the benefits of $189 per month under the SNAP will see an $11 cut while a family of four will see $36 taken out of their monthly benefits.
248 enrollments nationwide taken place by end of Wednesday. technical issues impeded completed applications. Health and Human Services (HHS) spokesperson Joanne Peters: focused on providing reliable, accurate information, do not have at this time due to issues with 834 forms.
Israeli warplanes have attacked a shipment of Russian missiles inside a Syrian government stronghold, according to US officials. The disclosure could further strain US-Israel relations, which are already under pressure over differences regarding the Iranian nuclear programme.
Online surveillance leading to breakup of the internet. Countries scramble to protect sensitive emails, phone records. Brazil, Germany, encourage regional online traffic routed locally rather than through the US. India: Diplomatic staff in London use typewriters instead of computers writing sensitive documents.
Osborne reported the rape to a jail lieutenant and to warden Smith, but "defendant Smith told plaintiff that nothing could be done," according to the complaint. Cheatham continued to assault and harass her until July 2012, and raped her again in that span, she says in the lawsuit.
NSA spied on headquarters of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, Vatican and the Pope. High-level NSA whistleblower: NSA spying on, blackmailing top government officials, military officers, Supreme Court Justices, generals, Colin Powell, other State Department personnel.
South Carolina police chief threatened resident with possible arrest for making pro-legalization comments about marijuana in a Facebook post about a drug suspect’s arrest. If you advocate use of illegal substances it’s reasonable to believe that you MIGHT also be involved in that particular activity.
Accuses Brand of engaging in “lazy sexism” and “alienating” his feminist allies by means of his “flippant objectification” of women. Apparently, feminists now think that even referring to a woman’s good looks is a hateful dismissal of the entire female species.
Latest revelations NSA, working with Australia, intercepted phone calls, data from embassies throughout region. Indonesia Foreign Minister: a breach of security, diplomatic norms, ethics, ”China, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea expressed serious concerns.
National Director pro-Israeli Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Abraham Foxman: Tel Aviv regime cannot bank on the US over Iran any more, Washington seems to be avoiding confrontation with Tehran. Increasingly sees a “weak and retreating” US that “cannot be counted on. Jeopardize Israel’s security
Pakistan Movement for Justice:“If drone attacks are carried out during peace talks with Taliban, NATO supplies for Afghanistan will be stopped. Routes are vulnerable for NATO convoys, pass through tribal zones, must be guarded by Pakistani troops. Some convoys attacked, destroyed.
town council in Ukraine had local cell sites removed, leaving the place with almost no mobile communications. The decision was made, following residents’ complaints over health problems and increased number of cancer diagnoses blamed on the equipment. Radiation was above normal.
Edward Snowden: my government continues to treat dissent as defection, seeks to criminalize political speech with felony charges that provide no defense, ready to go to Germany, testify on US wiretapping of Angela Merkel’s phone, clarification of [US] spying activities, on condition of granting political asylum.
NSA spy chief Keith Alexander blamed US diplomats for ordering surveillance on EU politicians. State Secretary John Kerry has admitted espionage “reached too far,” alleging it was on “automatic pilot.”accused “policy makers” and “diplomats” for dictating the targets for surveillance.
Federal whistleblower: waste of government funds” by Department of Homeland Security agents, cost United States $8.7 million a year .Alleged overtime abuse committed by federal workers working hours on the clock while earning pay through federal Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime program.
There are no solutions at hand. Bernanke is totally discredited and his continued tenure as Chair of the FED would only accelerate the realisation that the FED and all central banks have failed.
Monsanto's clientele grow pesticide-drenched GMO crops. While most worry about GMO itself, "crop dusting" has become poison you eat, drink, wear, sleep under (cotton, linen). You wear, eat and breath pesticide residues, then bath in and drink pesticide residues. Pesticides in baby food, fast food...
Readers ask me if Paul Krugman could be correct that deficits don’t matter and that neither does printing endless reams of money with which to purchase the Treasury’s debt instruments that finance the deficits.
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