DEA Scandal: Drugs, Prostitutes and ‘Grotesque’ Double Standards (La Jornada, Mexico)
Apr23

DEA Scandal: Drugs, Prostitutes and ‘Grotesque’ Double Standards (La Jornada, Mexico)

Given the corruption and duplicity with which U.S. government agencies like the DEA, ATF and Secret Service operate, to say nothing of the public lying and unconstitutional activity of the NSA, what right do U.S. officials have to complain about corruption in places like Colombia and Mexico? This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada takes on the most recent scandal, which involves DEA agents being entertained by prostitutes at...

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700 African Migrants Believed Dead after Boat Capsizes
Apr19

700 African Migrants Believed Dead after Boat Capsizes

Some 700 African migrants are feared dead on Sunday, after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya in the Mediterranean Sea. Declared an emergency at around midnight, the ship is believed to have started capsizing when migrants aboard all moved to one side of the ship, as a merchant vessel approached. Only twenty-eight people...

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Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Apr13

Hillary Run Reinforces ‘Quasi-Feudal System’ in America (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

Is it time for Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush to stand down and let people from other families run the country? For Gazeta Wyborcza, columnist Mariusz Zawadzki writes that Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch yesterday, contrary to America’s oft-repeated mythology, shows that the ‘everyday Americans’ Hillary Clinton says she wants to help have little or no hope of running for high office or even improving their lot...

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Tsarnaev Guilty – The ‘Real’ Trial Next
Apr08

Tsarnaev Guilty – The ‘Real’ Trial Next

Two years after the Boston Marathon tragedy, a jury in Boston — after deliberating for little more than a day — has found 21-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev guilty on all counts related to the worst act of terror in the United States since 9-11. NPR: The jury convicted Tsarnaev on all charges, ranging from carjacking to using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. Tsarnaev was found guilty in the deaths of Krystle...

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Obama’s statement on today’s nuclear deal with Iran
Apr02

Obama’s statement on today’s nuclear deal with Iran

Below is the full text of President Barack Obama’s statement on the nuclear agreement with Iran, as issued by US Public Affairs a few minutes ago. The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 02, 2015 Statement by the President on the Framework to Prevent Iran from Obtaining a Nuclear Weapon Rose Garden 2:25 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon, everybody. Today, the United States — together with...

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US Public Affairs note on deal with Iran
Apr02

US Public Affairs note on deal with Iran

Below is the full text of a media note from US Public Affairs, Washington. It was published a few minutes ago. Parameters for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Regarding the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Nuclear Program Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC April 2, 2015 http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/04/240170.htm Below are the key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) regarding the...

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Kerry reaches outline deal on Iran’s nuclear programs
Apr02

Kerry reaches outline deal on Iran’s nuclear programs

US Secretary of State John Kerry has reached an outline deal on Iran’s nuclear programs, scoring a distinctive achievement after very tough negotiations that seemed at breaking point several times in recent days. A statement on parameters of an agreement to be completed by July has been agreed but the contents are yet to be disclosed. That might happen later today although much of those contents will remain secret and be revealed only...

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Iran’s winning hand in talks with US
Mar31

Iran’s winning hand in talks with US

Iran is well on the path to winning on almost all fronts whichever way the ongoing talks on its nuclear programs pan out tomorrow in Lausanne, Switzerland, or in the near future. Iran is winning in Lausanne because its nuclear fuel enrichment programs will simply be delayed by a maximum of 15 years and will not be prohibited definitively, whatever the framework deal’s contents this week and subsequent conclusions in June. In return,...

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Obama’s new war by default
Mar30

Obama’s new war by default

Even as President Barack Obama struggles to get Iran to renounce, or at least substantially delay, acquisition of nuclear weapons, Tehran’s archenemy Saudi Arabia is nudging him into a war by default in Yemen, where tribal politics are far more convoluted than in Iraq and Syria. Although the Saudis have presented their aerial bombing of Yemen as valiant support for US efforts to weaken Iranian influence in the Gulf region, this is not...

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Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, “Deliberately” Crashed Germanwings Flight 4U9525
Mar26

Co-Pilot, Andreas Lubitz, “Deliberately” Crashed Germanwings Flight 4U9525

Andreas Lubitz, 28, has been identified as the co-pilot of doomed Germanwings Flight 4U9525 that crashed in the French Alps. Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said on Thursday that Lubitz made a “deliberate attempt” to crash the plane. Andreas Lubitz had 600 hours in flying time for the Airbus A320. The prosecutor said he had all the paperwork in place and was “fully qualified” to fly the plane. He is not on any...

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Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report
Mar26

Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report

Pilot Locked Out Of Cockpit: Report One of the two pilots of Germanwings Flight 9525 appeared to be locked outside of the cockpit Tuesday as the Airbus A320 steadily descended from cruising altitude and eventually crashed into a mountainside in the French Alps, according to the New York Times, which cites a senior military official involved in the investigation into the...

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(Updates) Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Rebels in Yemen
Mar25

(Updates) Saudi Arabia Launches Airstrikes Against Rebels in Yemen

Update (Tikrit) The New York Times is reporting that three major Shiite militia groups who were participating in the fight for Tikrit have “pulled out” of the fight “immediately depriving the Iraqi government of thousands of their fighters on the ground even as American warplanes readied for an expected second day of airstrikes against the Islamic State there.” Apparently the pull-out is in protest of U.S. airstrikes against ISIL...

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Obama Mideast efforts hard hit as Yemen ally flees
Mar25

Obama Mideast efforts hard hit as Yemen ally flees

President Barack Obama’s main ally in Yemen, the country that hosts al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), fled in a boat today to avoid capture by forces controlled by the strongman Washington helped to dislodge in 2012. President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who is also backed by the Saudi and Gulf regimes, was holed up in Yemen’s strategic southern port city of Aden, his hometown. He fled after Yemeni military units loyal to former...

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Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)
Mar23

Berlin Must Reveal U.S. ‘Blackmail’ Over Snowden Asylum (La Jornada, Mexico)

Over the weekend it was reported that German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel, when pressed by journalist Glenn Greenwald as to why Germany didn’t offer Edward Snowden political asylum, replied that Washington, ‘told us they would stop notifying us of plots and other intelligence matters.’ This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada implores Germany to live up to its image as a ‘global benchmark of...

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Teheran, Washington, ISIL and the nuclear deal
Mar21

Teheran, Washington, ISIL and the nuclear deal

Despite remaining gaps, the momentum for a nuclear deal with Iran is becoming irresistible and next week could see start of a new page in Middle East politics. The reasons for momentum in favor of a deal go far beyond the arm wrestling among negotiators on nuclear issues. Above all, they concern steadily rising Sunni Islamic terrorism across the Middle East and along a large crescent stretching from China to North Africa’s Atlantic...

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Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility
Mar20

Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility

Death toll in Yemen mosque bombings rises to 126. Islamic State claims responsibility SANAA, Yemen — Suicide bombers in the Yemeni capital Sanaa blew themselves up during noon prayers at two mosques on Friday, killing at least 126 people and wounding scores, medical sources said, in a major escalation of the worst wave of violence in the country in years. The attacks, in which bombers wearing explosive belts targeted… graphic via...

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4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Terrorist Attack
Mar19

4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Terrorist Attack

4 Arrested In Tunis Museum Attack Four people have been arrested by the Tunisian army in connection with Wednesday’s attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis that killed 21 people, British news outlet ITV reported Thursday, citing the office of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi. So far, no terrorist groups have claimed responsibility for the incident, the deadliest attack on...

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Dead heat in Israel as Netanyahu, Herzog both declare victory; Arabs will be 3rd largest bloc
Mar17

Dead heat in Israel as Netanyahu, Herzog both declare victory; Arabs will be 3rd largest bloc

Dead heat in Israel as Netanyahu, Herzog both declare victory; Arabs will be 3rd largest bloc JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party emerged from Tuesday’s Israeli election in a virtual tie with the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog, according to exit polls, with prospects unclear whether either leader would be able to form a governing coalition. Netanyahu, who pre-election polls suggested he was...

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Women’s Rights and Roles
Mar17

Women’s Rights and Roles

2015 is the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action regarding the status of women. Though 189 governments signed the document, much remains to be done in democratic and non-democratic states to improve women’s lives. Democracy in any nation is a mirage unless all citizens have equal rights and equality of opportunity. This includes both genders as well as LGBT, racial, ethnic, and religious groups. However,...

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BREAKING: Iran Foreign Minister Dismisses GOP Senators’ Unprecedented Letter as a “Propaganda Ploy”
Mar09

BREAKING: Iran Foreign Minister Dismisses GOP Senators’ Unprecedented Letter as a “Propaganda Ploy”

Iran’s foreign Minister has responded to the letter written by a huge chunk of Republican Senators that’s seen by many as a transparent attempt to sandbag the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran. The letter in essence says that even if an agreement is reached Barack Obama won’t be President forever so any agreement may prove to be in the longterm meaningless. The full text of the letter is HERE. The...

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