BBC, December 3
Icelandic police have shot dead a man who was firing a shotgun in his apartment in the early hours of Monday.
It is the first time someone has been killed in an armed police operation in Iceland, officials say.
Tear gas canisters were fired through the windows in an attempt to subdue [...]
The Christian Post, By Anugrah Kumar, November 30
An influential aboriginal tribal group in southern India has lodged a formal police complaint seeking penal action against missionaries for allegedly converting more than 1,000 original indigenous families to Christianity by “allurement” and “brainwashing.”
The Girijana Kriya Koota, a tribal welfare group in Karnataka state, has filed [...]
AP, November 11
WARSAW, Poland — Thousands of delegates from nations and environment organizations from around the world have opened two weeks of United Nations climate talks meant to lay the groundwork for a new pact to fight global warming.
U.N. climate chief Christiana Figueres told the opening session on Monday that “it is time [...]
You may or may not be aware, but World War III has already started. We just haven’t gotten caught up in it. Yet.
2013 is proving to be a hectic year for corporate lobbyists and free trade advocates, as they frantically flit, like busy bees pollinating succulent orchids, from one global free trade conference to another. And at long last, it seems that their hard work appears to be paying off.
In the last month alone world leaders [...]
With General Alexander calling for NSA reporting to be halted, US and UK credibility as guardians of press freedom is crushed.
The Independent, By Glenn Greenwald, October 25
The most under-discussed aspect of the NSA story has long been its international scope. That all changed this week as both Germany and France exploded with anger [...]
Mike Rogers (R-House Intelligence Committee Chair): “Sometimes our friends have relationships with our enemies.”
Guardian Online – The Obama administration appeared in disarray as it struggled with the fallout over the disclosure that the National Security Agency monitored the phone conversations of at least 35 world leaders, and that the phone of the [...]
Today’s column by Chris Hedges is the latest in a set of recent dissenting opinions. Here’s a small linkfest:
Chris Hedges: Our Invisible Revolution
Russell Brand on revolution: “We no longer have the luxury of tradition” Related video: Newsnight Interview with Jeremy Paxman.
Ian Welsh: A New Ideology Ian Welsh: How to Create a Viable [...]
NYT -. “These kids, they don’t go out on the streets in Iraq,” said Mounir Sahli, the Tunisian head coach of the Iraqi national swimming team, gesturing to the Iraqi athletes who were practicing their freestyle at a training pool in southern Beijing.
These young athletes — most are in their teens — were among [...]
ABC.net.au – The Rural Fire Service says the Defence Department has been fully cooperative amid claims an Army training exercise caused the state’s largest blaze.
An RFS investigation has found that live ordnance training last week at Marangaroo caused the State Mine Fire near Lithgow, which has now burnt almost 50,000 hectares and destroyed at [...]
BBC – …As the new chief executive of NHS England,Mr. Simon Stevens will have control over the day-to-day running of the health service. Mr Stevens had offered to take a 10% pay cut in the first year due to “NHS spending pressures”, NHS England said.
From 2001 to 2004 he worked directly with Tony Blair [...]
Spiegel Online – Hundreds of poverty-stricken refugees are drowning in the Mediterranean, while at the same time, many European Union member states issue residence permits to wealthy Chinese, Arabs and Russians. Anyone is welcome who can pay the asking price.
When the shutters come up inside Latvia’s immigration office at 8 a.m., they are waiting: [...]
NYT – AMIRAS, Greece — As they moved through the isolated villages in this region in 1943, systematically killing men in a reprisal for an attack on a small outpost, German soldiers dragged Giannis Syngelakis’s father from his home here and shot him in the head. Within two days, more than 400 men were dead [...]
The Public Record, By Jeffrey Kaye, September 10
There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to [...]
New York Times, By Justin Gillis, September 27
Stockholm — For the first time, the world’s top climate scientists on Friday formally embraced an upper limit on greenhouse gases while warning that it is likely to be exceeded within decades if emissions continue at a brisk pace, underscoring the profound challenge humanity faces in bringing [...]