US Senate panel has approved the imposition of sanctions on Venezuela over its handling of the ongoing anti-government protests. Asks the Obama administration to ban visas and freeze the assets of Venezuelan officials for their alleged human rights violations during anti-government demonstrations.
Microsoft said Tuesday it would maintain efforts to gain approval in China for its Windows 8 operating system after a ban announced by China. Suspended cooperation with the U.S. on cyber security issues and banned the use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system on all new government computers
A hung jury forced judge to declare a mistrial in case of California police officer who permanently blinded woman with pepper spray while arresting her for traffic violation. The former cop was charged with excessive force. After four days of deliberation, the jury deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of conviction.
White House announced CIA will never again set up fake vaccination program as part of its espionage efforts. Promise was made in a letter to the deans of 12 public health schools – who have criticized the Obama administration for using a vaccination effort as a cover for reconnaissance.
China dismissed US accusations of industrial cyber-espionage against five of its military officials, published proof Washington is actually stealing data from China. Beijing also summoned US ambassador for an explanation, publishing its latest data on US cyber-attacks against China.
Thailand’s army on Tuesday declared martial law across the crisis-gripped kingdom “to restore peace and order for people from all sides”, following months of anti-government protests that left 28 dead, hundreds wounded. Move “is not a coup. Public need not panic, can still live their lives as normal.
Press TV: Unionists have held a massive demonstration in Argentina’s capital, Buenos Aires, demanding that the government address economic and social problems. 50,000 people participated in marches leading to Argentina’s Presidential Palace.
Professor James Petras: very clear in the U. S. vast majority of people opposed to US engaging in overseas wars which have no benefits to the US population nor to the US economy; nor do these interventions further democracy. Public wants to concentrate on economy and unemployment.
“According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden,United States National Security Agency is reportedly collecting the contents of effectively every phone call dialed or received within the Bahamas, putting conversations of residents and tourists into hands of the NSA.
North Carolina legislators considering bill would make it a crime to publicly disclose toxic chemicals energy companies use in hydraulic fracturing, offenders on the hook for fines or jail time. Unauthorized disclosure of fracking trade secrets including chemicals used a Class I Felony,
All cops and elected officials in city of Hampton, Florida ‘let go’ due to exposed unlawful actions. Residents became privy to 31 federal, state, and local codes being broken by city officials. Government employees were double dipping, using city property for personal reasons.
In a unanimous decision earlier this month the Court determined that law enforcement officers are not required to present a warrant or charges before forcibly entering a person’s home, searching it, and confiscating their firearms if they believe it is in the individual’s best interests.
A mother in Florida is fighting a court order to have her 3-year old son circumcised. Heather Hironimus entered a parenting agreement with Dennis Nebus in 2010 when their son Chase was born that included a clause stating the father would be responsible for planning and paying the circumcision.
Television debates with three nationalist presidential candidates ended up in calls to pursue a guerilla war against pro-federalist Ukrainian citizens and conduct targeted assassinations of their leaders.
Local officials in Ukrainian city of Kharkiv said they will hold referendum on independence from Kiev government. No date set for vote yet. Earlier in the day, clashes between Ukraine National Guard forces, pro-Russian protesters in city of Kramatorsk in Ukraine's region of Donetsk.
Bahraini regime intensified crackdown on protests, clashing with mourners after funeral of an anti-government protester on the island of Sitra. Doctors, nurses detained, tortured, or disappeared because they have "evidence of atrocities committed by the authorities. Appalling human rights record.
Bill Gates: The world today has 6.9 billion people and that’s headed up to about 9 billion. If we do a really great job, we could lower that by perhaps 10 or 15 percent.” Bill Gates believes the density of the population in poor areas is too big, and with his depopulation plans he can ‘solve’ that problem.
Judith McGeary, executive director of the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance: organic farms that sell produce would be impacted by U.S. Food and Drug Administration new rules, would place restrictions on everything from compost to livestock to water. Many organic farmers will be forced out of business.
Albuquerque Police Department is promoting an officer found guilty of excessive use of force to a new position meant to address allegations that the department frequently demonstrates excessive use of force. After a video of a homeless man being shot and killed by officers in March sparked protests.
New revelations that the N. S.A. bugged Cisco Systems’ networking equipment so agency could spy on adversaries triggered biting response from the San Jose company. Shows images of the agency intercepting Cisco servers, routers computer networking equipment to install surveillance bugs.
Brothers, Robert ,William Isaias, sentenced 8 years prison for embezzlement, defrauded bank they owned. It collapsed; loss of $400 million, fled to Florida. Life of lavish luxury. Avoid jail by campaign donations to American politicians for"safety" from law. Ecuador President Correa calls for extradition.
Peruvian police have clashed with students staging a demonstration to protest against a federal legislation that would shake up the country’s universities as well as the public sector. Riot police used tear gas in an attempt to put an end to the protest in the city of Cusco.
Military action reportedly resumed in the town of Slavyansk in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region, with local residents reporting on social media loud explosions and a large number of signal bombs in the sky. Junta artillery is shelling from its positions on Mount Karachun.
New authorities in post-coup Kiev have listed the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as terrorist organizations, channels of weapons supplies; Ukraine’s deputy prosecutor general, Nikolay Golomsha. The two regions proclaimed themselves sovereign states after May 11 referendums.
Outrage growing in Turkey over photo that shows aide to prime minister kicking man protesting deadly mine disaster in Soma. during Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to city day after disaster Tuesday. Erdogan's deputy chief of staff, Yusuf Yerkel, aims a kick at him.
The Federal Communications Commission voted today to allow Internet service providers to bill websites for faster access to their pages.
Typically, April showers bring May flowers. This year, however, April also delivered a torrent of racially charged issues to the national stage. In Michigan, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ban on university-admissions programs that use race as a criterion in college admissions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Moscow believes information that Western, and foremost American, mercenaries are operating in Ukraine to be true, “We are waiting for answers, because we have very strong suspicions that this might be true. The questions that we asked remain unanswered.
A leaked slide from Edward Snowden was released this week by Glenn Greenwald in his new book, No Place to Hide. The slide shows that AT&T, Verizon, Microsoft, Cisco, IBM, Oracle, Intel, Qualcomm, Qwest and EDS acted in direct “alliance” with the NSA in its spying missions:
Albuquerque Police Department (APD) known for inappropriate use of violence, excessive force, under investigation by Department of Justice, which wrote a letter to the Mayor of Albuquerque on April 10, 2014 condemning the police force. Civil disobedience will grow greater in months and years ahead.
Five giant corporations control 90 percent of US mass media: Time Warner, Disney, Murdochs' News Corporation, Bertelsmann of Germany, and Viacom. They control most of the newspapers, magazines, books, radio, TV stations, movie studios, much of the web news content of the United States.
Corporations push to microchip human race, size of a grain of rice, approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Microchips implanted under skin, allow movements to be tracked, store personal information. What if this becomes requirement to shop at the grocery store?
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov: Ukraine is on the brink of a civil war, Moscow has no intention to deploy forces in Ukraine. Kiev’s interim government has been staging military operations against pro-Russia protesters. Kiev is set to hold talks over the country’s crisis.
The challenges to our privacy do not come from government alone. Corporations of all shapes and sizes track what you buy, store and analyze our data and use it for commercial purposes. Private companies are gathering massive amounts of data on individuals.
Duma MPs outraged by current Kiev authorities escalation of civil war, murders of civilians by nationalist radicals. Millions of Ukrainian citizens hostages of Kiev junta, victims of mass Human Rights violations. Ukraine situation should be blamed on radical opposition and foreign political circles.
According to Treasury Department statistics published in the Federal Register, 1001 United States taxpayers gave up their passports or their green cards in the first quarter of 2014, an increase of 47.4 percent over the 679 individuals that did so in the first quarter of last year.
When the air conditioning went down at LaGuardia Airport on Monday, several Transportation Security Administration agents were sent home due to illness, causing massive lines and overheating in the sauna-like conditions.
A record number of Americans are renouncing their citizenship as they seek to remove the burden of filing complicated and costly tax returns simply for living in another country. Last year,3,000 Americans gave up their passports tripled the average of previous five years.
Spanish Government plans to collect data on all of the country’s 34 million bank accounts in what it calls a bid to crack down on money laundering and terrorist activity. Move has drawn plenty of fire. Tax Office, military, General Council of the Judiciary, secret services able to access information.
Obama administration appears to have a terrorist “hands off” list that permits individuals with extremist ties to enter the country, according to internal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documents obtained by a United States Senator.
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