No more drug war in Latin America?
Report explores new ways to fight drugs
A new OAS report looks at alternatives to prohibiting the drug trade, including legal market regulation, reform of the UN drug convention, and smarter policing.
Washington gets explicit: its ‘war on terror’ is permanent
Senior Obama officials tell the US Senate: the ‘war’, in limitless form, will continue for ‘at least’ another decade – or two
Japan’s ‘secret’ trip to North Korea disrupts united stance against Pyongyang
Japan’s visit to North Korea comes after broad regional agreement that Pyongyang should not be offered talks unless it displays a genuine commitment to denuclearization.
100 Days of Guantanamo Hunger Strike: Special Coverage
Cannibalizing Syria: The West to blame
The latest shocking video to emerge from Syria – showing a militant commander carving out the internal organs of a dead regime soldier and proceeding to eat them in front of the camera – has prompted a telling reaction from the Western corporate-controlled news media.
Mystery Sponsor Of Weapons And Money To Syrian Mercenary “Rebels” Revealed
Previously, when looking at the real underlying national interests responsible for the deteriorating situation in Syria, which eventually may and/or will devolve into all out war with hundreds of thousands killed, we made it very clear that it was always and only about the gas, or gas pipelines to be exact, and specifically those involving the tiny but uber-wealthy state of Qatar.
Lavrov says Russia, U.N. agree on Syria
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Lavrov said Friday he and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are in agreement on the future of Syria.
3 Glaring Hypocrisies in Obama’s Iran Policy
In testimony to Congress on Wednesday, Obama’s State Department official Wendy Sherman reiterated the administration’s policy on Iran. Since the intelligence community has concluded for some time now that Iran has not yet decided to pursue nuclear weapons, Sherman felt compelled to recite a litany of supposed Iranian transgressions to justify America’s harsh economic sanctions and overall belligerence toward the country.
Report: IRS Deliberately Chose Not to Fess Up to Scandal Before Election
The IRS commissioner “has known for at least a year that this was going on,” said Myers, “and that this had happened. And did he share any of that information with the White House? But even more importantly, Congress is going to ask him, why did you mislead us for an entire year?
Rangel: ‘This Is Wrong to Abuse the Tax System’
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D., N.Y.), who was notably censured for not paying 17 years worth of taxes on rental income from a Dominican Republic villa he owned, said Friday morning, “This is wrong to abuse the tax system.”
Cemetery Reveals Baby-Making Season in Ancient Egypt
The peak period for baby-making sex in ancient Egypt was in July and August, when the weather was at its hottest.
Jimmy Carter: ‘I do not favor’ legalizing marijuana
Six months after the former president told a Georgia crowd he supported state efforts to legalize marijuana use, Carter told gathering in Atlanta on Friday he supported keeping weed illegal.
Cornel West: Obama “Is a War Criminal”
Michelle Obama speaks of ‘hunger’ for education
First lady Michelle Obama spoke passionately about the importance of education to the African-American community in a commencement address Friday, urging more than 600 graduates of Bowie State University to honor the school’s history and to pass their commitment to education on to future generations.
Heading for the States? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
Welcome to America: now stand in line for three hours. Millions of British holidaymakers and business travellers heading for the US this summer face longer waits than ever to be processed by immigration.
‘Massive’ troop deployment in Nigeria
Forces being sent to states of Borno, Yoba and Adamawa after emergency imposed in wake of violent attacks by Boko Haram.
DR Congo clashes kill at least 21
Violent clashes between rebels and government troops in the restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have left at least 21 people dead, a military official said Thursday.
IRS targeting: Obama fires commissioner over ‘inexcusable’ tax scandal
President moves to quell furore over IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups by firing acting commissioner Steven Miller
The major sea change in media discussions of Obama and civil liberties
The controversies over the IRS and especially the AP phone records appear to have long-lasting effects
Obama calls for extra funds to beef up US embassy security abroad
President tries to draw a line under recent scandals and says he is determined to improve security in wake of Benghazi attack
Note From Boston Bombing Suspect: Attack Was Retribution for Iraq, Afghanistan Wars
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev note calls marathon bombing victims ‘collateral damage’ like the Muslims who’ve died in US-waged
Karzai says U.S. wants to keep 9 bases in Afghanistan
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a speech Thursday that the United States wants to retain nine bases in Afghanistan after NATO’s formal withdrawal in 2014, his first concrete statement on American plans to stay in the country beyond 2014.
Israel Hints at New Strikes, Warning Syria Not to Hit Back
In a clear warning to Syria, Israel was considering additional military strikes and that the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, would face crippling consequences if he retaliated.
Iraq Then, Syria Now?
New York Times, sarin and skepticism
Jabhat al-Nusra faces al-Qaeda sanctions at UN under Anglo-French proposal
Britain and France are leading a push to designate the leading Syrian rebel force Jabhat al-Nusra as al-Qaeda controlled in an effort to strengthen the moderate opposition.
Terrorists kill Syrian troops summary-style, video shows
A new video clip shows the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front terrorists in Syria executing a group of eleven Syrian soldiers summary-style.
Feds crack down on bitcoin exchange
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) executed a seizure warrant to shut down the world’s largest bitcoin exchange for operating an unlicensed money transmitting service, according to documents filed in a Maryland court on Tuesday.
London police launch probe against Altaf Hussain
The London Metropolitan police Wednesday launched an investigation against Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain following complaints by hundreds of British and Pakistani citizens.
The Left vs. the Liberal Media
Media Lens debunks the BBC’s humanitarian interventionists
Revealed: How US State Department ‘Twists Arms’ on Monsanto’s Behalf
Selling seeds, selling out democracy: US State Department does biotech industry’s bidding
Organic Farmers on Alert Following Monsanto Ruling
Farmers “concerned” for ruling’s implication on upcoming suits against the biotech giant
Japanese politicians scramble to distance themselves from ‘comfort women’ comments
The influential mayor of Osaka outraged China and South Korea by saying World War II sex slaves were necessary, prompting fresh doubts about Japan’s willingness to acknowledge wartime aggression.
IRS Abuses Power in Targeting Tea Party
The extraordinary revelation this week that the Internal Revenue Service targeted Tea Party groups for more aggressive enforcement highlights exactly why caution is needed in any response to the much-vilified Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC.
The IRS wants YOU — to share everything
A POLITICO review of documents from 11 tea party and conservative groups that the IRS scrutinized in 2012 shows the agency wanted to know everything — in some cases, it even seemed curious what members were thinking.
DOJ Snooping on Journalists
A Witch Hunt to Enforce Obama Demand for Total Secrecy
Obama, the uninterested president
Late Monday came the breathtaking news of a full-frontal assault on the First Amendment by his administration: word that the Justice Department had gone on a fishing expedition through months of phone records of Associated Press reporters.
IRS official Lerner speedily approved exemption for Obama brother’s ‘charity’
Lois Lerner, the senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea party groups for burdensome tax scrutiny, signed paperwork granting tax-exempt status to the Barack H. Obama Foundation, a shady charity headed by the president’s half-brother that operated illegally for years.
Eric Holder defends AP seizure citing major security threat to public
The US attorney general, Eric Holder, has defended the Obama administration’s controversial seizure of phone records from the Associated Press, saying that a story run by the news organisation had posed a major security threat to the American public.
Justice Department’s pursuit of AP’s phone records is both extreme and dangerous
The claimed legal basis for these actions is unknown, but the threats they pose to a free press and the newsgathering process are clear
BP and Shell raided over allegations they colluded to fix petrol prices
Oil giants targeted by European Commission in probe into suspected market manipulation
Oxford child paedophile ring case: County Council boss Joanna Simons insists shes will not resign as seven men are found guilty of child rape, trafficking and organising prostitution
The belated conviction of seven men who groomed and sexually abused children in Oxford reveals an appalling failure of care, as council boss vows to stay on
In talks with Netanyahu, Putin urges restraint on Syria
After emergency meeting at Black Sea resort, no word from either head of state about Russia’s sale of S-300 missiles to Assad
Syrian Rebel Defends Eating Soldier’s Heart as ‘Legitimate’
Sociopathic Commander’s Video Raises Ire Among Rights Groups
International Criminal Court examines Israeli raid on Gaza flotilla
Hague prosecutor will open preliminary examination into 2010 incident, following appeal referred through Comoros by casualties’ families
Deadly Benghazi blast caused by fisherman’s explosives
A blast that killed three people in Libya’s second city Benghazi was caused by fishing explosives that detonated accidentally, not a car bomb as originally thought, a local government official said on Tuesday.
Venezuela’s president sends in troops to tackle street crime
Nicolás Maduro orders 3,000 troops to patrol Caracas in an effort to lower violent crime rate