The Guardian, By Jason Leopold, April 18
James Mitchell ‘highly skeptical’ of Senate report on CIA torture – ‘It was not illegal based on the law at the time’ – Mitchell said to have waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed – Interview: ‘I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country’
The psychologist [...]
Al Jazeera, April 18
Washington – President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill barring entrance to the U.S. for any foreign diplomat seen as a threat to American security or who has engaged in “terrorist activity” — a measure that effectively bans Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Washington said earlier this [...]
AP, By Josh Lederman & Dina Cappiello, April 18
Washington – The Obama administration is extending indefinitely its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline past the midterm elections.
In a surprise announcement as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State [...]
It seems I was wrong: Obama (and Putin) apparently do want a deal:
Top diplomats meeting here on the Ukraine crisis Thursday agreed that all parties, including separatists and their Russian backers, would stop violent and provocative acts, and that all illegal groups would be disarmed.
Secretary of State John [...]
McClatchy, By Sean Cockerham, April 17
Washington — Coal, the former king of American energy, is making a comeback after being left for dead in favor of cleaner-burning natural gas.
For years coal has been losing market share as the American fracking boom created a flood of cheap and abundant natural gas. But natural gas [...]
Exuberant Master of Magic Realism
NYT -Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist, whose “One Hundred Years of Solitude” established him as a giant of 20th-century literature, died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City.
Oops- Another obit posted previously by Raja in Newswire.
BBC, April 17
Toronto’s embattled mayor is set to kick off his re-election campaign at an event his brother and campaign aide has called “history in the making”.
Rob Ford is expected to deliver a 20-minute speech at the Toronto Congress Centre, where he celebrated his mayoral win in 2010.
Mr Ford has been stripped [...]
USA TODAY, By Bob Minzesheimer, April 17
Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was praised as the most popular Spanish writer since Cervantes, died today in Mexico City at the age of 87.
Garcia Marquez, a former journalist who was born in Colombia but lived in Mexico for more than 30 years, is best [...]
Jordan took the rare step of using airstrikes to stop a convoy of vehicles entering Jordan from Syria.
UPI, By Ed Adamczyk, April 17
Amman – In defending its border with Syria, Jordan took the unusual move of firing upon vehicles from the air that were crossing the border, destroying a convoy of three trucks.
The Guardian has a city by city guide of pro-Russian takeovers in the Ukraine, here.
Meanwhile, the Ukrainians “have a good message” for the diplomatic talks in Geneva. Yay! They have a good PR team. Such awesome:
“We are going to talk, and we probably will have a good message,” Mr. Deshchytsia said about consultations [...]
Air patrols and warships in Baltic and eastern Mediterranean will be increased to reassure Nato members in eastern Europe.
The Guardian, By Julian Borger, & Paul Lewis, April 16
Washington – Nato has announced it is stepping up its presence around Russian borders to reassure eastern European member states, in an effort also aimed at [...]
From the wishful thinking department:
In light of a study which indicated congress is not responsive to the people of the United States, but is only responsible to the Wealth and Corporations, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit today in Federal court. Their legal theory will be “If you are not represented in government [...]
According to the 1%, civilization in 2025 will be cleaner, richer and decentralized.
So predict CEOs and world leaders at Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s invite-only summit.
The future is oh-so-very-elusive for those tasked with predicting it. Assemble your best team of analysts, collect the latest data, run the most sophisticated algorithms, extrapolate endlessly from the [...]
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Whether it’s a real crisis doesn’t matter as long as you’re afraid
Just when the U.S. Defense Secretary was in Japan giving indications that the Ukraine “crisis” was over as far as the U.S. was concerned, Ukrainians of all sorts, other Washington officials, and even the Japanese government all pitch in [...]
. . . especially about matters of high finance we are obligated to read. All of it.