U.S. troops in Afghanistan, including elite killer teams, are to be redefined as mere “advisors” to Afghan forces so that America‘s “combat” role can be declared ended – to be followed by ten more years of mass killing and occupation.
Anti-government protesters cut power to Royal Thai Police Force headquarters, police hospital. Thai PM called on the opposition to enter talks after surviving a no confidence vote in parliament. Protesters nationwide attempt to paralyze the government. PM said the rallies were hurting the economy,
China confirmed that it had flown warplanes over the country’s newly established East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) on Thursday. China: all planes flying through the zone should submit flight plans, identify themselves, or face "defensive emergency measures.
Northern Texas towns are experiencing an intense string of earthquakes – the last of which was one of the most powerful in 5 years. As unusual tremors have been going on for over 3 weeks now, many suspect fracking might be to blame. In the last four days, there have been six recorded quakes.
18 people in Bangladesh have suffered burn injuries after a petrol bomb hit a bus amid protests against upcoming parliamentary elections. Over past few days, 15 killed, hundreds injured in violent protests against government’s planned parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5 next year.
Syrian President Bashar Assad will not attend a peace conference in Geneva in January dedicated to ending the nearly three-year-long Syrian crisis, a senior Russian diplomat says. Talks repeatedly postponed because warring sides unable to agree on preconditions and list of participants.
Problems global in scale. toxins will remain dangerous for hundreds of generations, disperse throughout planet sickness, they knew there had been a full meltdown first day of disaster, denied this three months. Experts at loss to solve the problems. Nobody has solutions. Tepco catastrophe.
Justice Department: Obama administration should be permitted to keep their secret surveillance law secret. Public has a fundamental right to know how the federal government is interpreting federal surveillance and privacy laws. Secret surveillance law has no place in a democratic society.”
Western countries which demand that President Bashar al-Assad step down should either stop dreaming or forget attending peace talks in January, Syria said on Wednesday. Assad's government would take part in the meeting but reiterated that it had no plans to surrender power.
Companies cut employee hours below 30-hour minimum to avoid paying for insurance, raising costs for coverage, adopt high-deductible plans, discourage seeking medical treatment due to cost thereby rationing. Businesses will pay fine, drop employee coverage, less expensive, raise copayments.
Said he can no longer lead country after supermarket roof collapse killed 54 sparked public outrage. Abolition of state construction authority by his budget-slashing weakened oversight. enacted budget cuts, tax increases. Possible reasons for disaster:flawed design, substandard materials, corruption.
Honduras police have used tear gas to disperse hundreds of people protesting against the results of the country’s recent presidential election. Serious inconsistencies in polling stations, massive fraud. Claimes the election was stolen. Seventy percent of people of Honduras living in poverty.
Pakistan's main opposition party has sought legal action against the CIA and its station chief in Islamabad over “murder”,“waging war” against the nation. Drone strikes strained relations between Islamabad, Washington. Pakistani officials complained to US numerous times.
Cairo sentences 21 girls to 11 years in jail each, while arresting 17 mosque imams in Gharbeyah over what they call incitement against the military. The demonstrators denounced a proposed constitutional amendment allowing military courts to try civilians. Crackdown on protesters drawn criticism from UN.
Obama administration is once again delaying the launch of an online small-business health care exchange, pushing the deadline back a full year to November 2014. Small employers will have to apply through an agent, broker or an insurer to enroll in plans. Law is unworkable, bad for small businesses.
Raise acceptable radiation levels. Pretend radiation is good for us. Reporters covering Fukushima harassed, censored. Secrecy law allows crack down on anyone criticising, jail up to five years. Designates prime minister as third-party overseer. Threat to freedom. Fascist state. Repression.
Wandering the streets, some in wheelchairs homeless people line up in Hollywood for food, their only way to eat. Los Angeles City Council: ban feeding homeless people in public spaces. 53,800 homeless people in Los Angeles. Embarrassment among civic leaders.
Obama administration to pay Apptricity US $50 million for pirating the company’s logistics software the US Army used beyond contracted parameters, While the Obama administration’s has launched efforts against intellectual property theft.
Health care law could bailout insurers who sell policies through Obamacare. Will transfer billions to insurance companies, automatic, entitlement, mandatory spending, not discretionary. Congress no power to stop it. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)introduced legislation to repeal insurance company bailout.
Private consultants found guilty of siphoning tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks from $700 million CityTime payroll project. Main contractor, SAIC, forced to repay the city $500 million. A top SAIC official to become the next Secretary of the Air Force.
Wal-Mart workers and activists are planning another round of protests and strikes at the nation’s largest employer on the biggest shopping day of the year, Black Friday. Time of heightened scrutiny for the company. National Labor Relations Board ruled last week Wal-Mart violated rights of striking workers.
Lebanese marijuana underground market is enjoying the fact war in Syria made authorities leave the drug unattended. Syrian conflict has paralyzed authorities at home left border virtually uncontrolled. “This year, the harvest was abundant, authorities left us alone because they are otherwise occupied
New York federal court: US Justice Department defended (NSA) program that compiles telecommunications “metadata” on every call made to, from or within the U S. A C L U v James Clapper director national intelligence, Obama request dismissal motion for injunction to suspend data collection pending trial on legality.
UN human rights committee unanimously passed a “right to privacy” resolution sponsored by Germany and Brazil that protects the right to privacy against illegal surveillance, following revelations about NSA spying. First document that establishes protection of human rights in the digital sphere.
American bombers entered new Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone in East China Sea without telling China. no flight plans, registering frequencies. Chinese government: will take “defensive emergency measures, respond to aircraft that won't cooperate in identification, follow instructions.
Israel not pleased. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu: historic mistake, do everything in his power to derail deal. Israeli Labor party chairman MK Yitzchak Herzog: Netanyahu creating unnecessary panic about deal with Iran about its nuclear program. This is not doomsday.
China announced an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in East China Sea. China’s defense ministry: aircraft that don't comply with its rules could be shot down. Issued map showing new zone, overlaps Japan’s defense zone over uninhabited islands that have significant oil deposits.
[Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Senior Scientist Ken] Buesseler: first plume of water carrying radionuclides from Fukushima due to hit the U.S. West Coast any day now. U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass: increased federal role not likely cites budget brakes applied by Republicans in Congress.
US banks have warned the Fed that should it lower IOER, Interest on Excess Reserves they would be forced to start charging depositors already have to cope with near-zero interest rates. Paying just to leave money in the bank would be highly unusual and unwelcome for companies and households."
Corporations spy on nonprofits: environmental, antiwar, public interest, consumer safety, pesticide reform, social justice. The corporations: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Wal-Mart, Monsanto, Bank of America, Dow Chemical, Kraft, Coca-Cola, Chevron, Burger King, McDonald's, Shell, BP, and others.
Facial recognition is a computer-based system that automatically identifies a person based on a digital image or video source which is then matched to information stored in a database. FBI will start using technology across the U.S. after testing is completed.
Ukraine to opt for Putin’s Russia, pull out of EU talks dramatic upset to Europe. Major defeat for EU. Forced to cancel trade deal with EU because Russian sanctions strangling economy, pushing Ukraine to huge social crisis. Freeze on imports pushed Ukraine to brink of financial collapse.
Biel Crystal Manufactory Limited, produces glass coverings on mobile phones. Company's factory in Huizhou, China, site of "numerous labor abuses. Denies injured workers proper compensation, strict punitive system to keep employees in line. Employees fined for not reaching production targets,
Walmart workers went on strike on in Miami on Monday morning, following strikes in Tampa on Saturday and in Sacramento, CA on Friday. Going on strike for better benefits, for better pay for associates, and for respect. Demands: pay $25,000 a year, add full-time positions, end retaliation.
16-year-old arrested on tip he robbed someone weeks earlier. Sent to Rikers Island prison, deprived food beaten by officers, inmates. Judge offered freedom in exchange for guilty plea, threatened 15 years in jail if convicted. He refused. Case dismissed. Lawsuit Filed.
Large protests against security deal on future of prolonged US military presence in the country. Most Afghans angered by crimes, casualties by American troops. Demand Afghan government reject any agreement. Large numbers killed in raids by foreign forces, CIA-run assassination drone strikes.
Agreement between Iran and six major world powers over the country’s nuclear energy program has made Israel “more isolated. Israel is standing against the will of the international community. Whole world wanted an agreement with Iran, propaganda machine not working.
Clashes between the Libyan army and Islamist militia have killed up to fourteen people and injured dozens in Benghazi, said the Libyan Ministry of Health. A state of alert has been declared in the city and people have been advised to stay in their homes.
Beijing tells Washington not to “meddle” in territorial dispute between China and Japan. US has thousands of troops stationed in Japan. Washington upset over China's plans to put East China Sea under control of its air forces. Beijing demands explanation from American ambassador.
1,000s of anti-government protesters occupied Thailand’s Foreign Ministry, Finance Ministry building. Prime Minister invoked Internal Security Act, gives Thai security forces power to impose curfews, block roads, stop vehicles, restrict movements of protesters, ban large gatherings, detain people without trial.
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