TechDirt, By Tim Cushing, July 23
Human Rights Watch has just published a report containing the facts needed to back up everyone’s suspicions that the FBI counterterrorism efforts are almost solely composed of breaking up “plots” of its own design. And the bigger and more high-profile the “bust” was, the better the chance that FBI [...]
Despite Israeli lobbying, Palestinians have managed to call for a vote on Wednesday on severe condemnation of IDF operation in Gaza.
Ha’aretz, By Barak Ravid, July 23
The UN human rights chief said Wednesday during an emergency meeting that Israel may be committing war crimes in Gaza.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [...]
NBC, By Maggie Fox, July 22
In a potentially lethal blow to Obamacare, a federal appeals court has ruled that the federal government may not subsidize health insurance plans bought by people in states that decided not to set up their own marketplaces under Obamacare.
The law clearly says that states are to set up [...]
Bloomberg, By Michael Olukayode, July 21
More than 15,000 people have fled their homes in northeastern Nigeria since an attack last week by suspected Islamist militants that left at least 21 people dead, said an emergency official.
Residents are fleeing from Damboa and areas surrounding the town in fear for their lives, spokesman for the [...]
BBC, July 20
Israel and Gaza have both suffered their bloodiest day since the beginning of the current offensive.
Israel says that 13 of its soldiers died since Saturday night, the biggest one-day loss for its army in years.
At least 87 Gazans were reported killed on Sunday – 60 of them in the district [...]
ProPublica, By Abrahm Lustgarten, July 18
California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state’s drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
Democracy Now, July 18
A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 298 people has exploded and crashed in eastern Ukraine, killing everyone on board. U.S. and Ukrainian officials say the Boeing 777 was shot down by a Russian-made surface-to-air missile, but it is unclear who fired the missile. The plane was traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur [...]
Associated Press, By Jason Dearen, July 19
St. Augustine Beach, FL – The Obama administration has sided with energy developers over environmentalists, approving the use of underwater blasts of sound to pinpoint oil and gas deposits in federal Atlantic Ocean waters.
The regulatory decision is the first real step toward what could be an economic [...]
Vice.com, By Kayla Ruble, July 16
California, where a sizable percentage of the food Americans eat is grown, is in the middle of a historic three-year drought. And yesterday, the state issued its first mandatory water restrictions just in time for the height of the state’s wildfire season and hot-weather energy demands.
The State Water [...]
Politico, By Brooks Boliek & Katy Bachman, July 15
The Federal Communications Commission could have used an Internet “fast lane” on Tuesday as a flood of net neutrality comments caused its website to sputter and forced the agency to extend its deadline for accepting public input on its controversial plan.
FCC officials hope the additional [...]
Al Arabiya, July 13
Israeli navy commandos launched a ground operation overnight in the north of the Gaza Strip, the first since the offensive against Hamas began, Israeli public radio said early Sunday.
The brief incursion targeted a rocket launcher site, it said in statements quoted by Agence France-Presse.
The armed branch of Hamas confirmed [...]
State Department calls for draft of new constitution to take place unhindered amid increasing volatility.
Al Jazeera, July 13
The United States has warned that the conflict in Libya could become “widespread,” urging that a new parliament be quickly seated after contested elections.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also called for work on drafting Libya’s [...]
The Guardian, By Jessica Glenza, July 9
New York – A definitive ruling on the constitutionality of gay marriage in the United States could come within a year, after the state of Utah decided to petition the supreme court over a lower court ruling that permitted same-sex marriage in the state.
The attorney general of [...]
FBI and NSA to review policy after leaked documents suggest training materials referred to targets using offensive language.
The Guardian, By Spencer Ackerman, July 9
The White House has instructed US security agencies to review their training and policy materials for racial or religious bias after documents leaked by Edward Snowden showed training material for [...]
RT, July 8
New cybersecurity legislation cleared the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday during a closed session. Critics fear it may broaden the NSA’s already formidable access to Americans’ data.
Written by Senate Intelligence Chair Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), CISA – or Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act – is widely seen as [...]