For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe

Washington Post, By Craig Timberg, August 24

Makers of surveillance systems are offering governments across the world the ability to track the movements of almost anybody who carries a cellphone, whether they are blocks away or on another continent.

The technology works by exploiting an essential fact of all cellular networks: They must keep detailed, [...]

For Nuncio Accused of Abuse, Dominicans Want Justice at Home, Not Abroad

New York Times, By Laurie Goodstein, August 23

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — He was a familiar figure to the skinny shoeshine boys who work along the oceanfront promenade here. Wearing black track pants and a baseball cap pulled low over his balding head, they say, he would stroll along in the late afternoon and [...]

Puerto Ricans flock to U.S. mainland as island’s political and economic crisis worsens

AFP, August 23

The island of Puerto Rico is depopulating, as residents stream to the US mainland fleeing the island’s economic crisis and political gridlock in search of jobs.

Since 2009, more Puerto Ricans have been living pn the American mainland than on the northeastern Caribbean US-territory, a trend that has accelerated in the years [...]

Iceland volcano: Bardarbunga eruption sparks red alert

BBC, August 23

Iceland has issued a red alert to the aviation industry for the Bardarbunga volcano, meaning significant ash emissions are likely.

The Icelandic Met Office has warned that a small eruption under an ice cap has begun at Bardarbunga.

Global warming slowdown ‘could last another decade’

BBC, By Matt McGrath, August 21

The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research.

Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle [...]

Don’t Look Now But Libya Is Falling Apart

Foreign Policy, By Siddhartha Mahanta, August 21

Amid renewed fighting in Gaza, a militant land grab in Iraq, a pseudo-war between Russia and Ukraine, an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, Libya is coming apart at the seams too. Not that many seem to notice.

The militias who deposed Muammar al-Qaddafi [...]

Epic Drought in West is Literally Moving Mountains

Bloomberg, By Bobby Magill, August 21

Climate Central — Climate change is driving the Greenland Ice Sheet to melt, which is contributing to sea level rise. But imagine that the same amount of water melting from Greenland each year is being lost in California and the rest of the West because of the epic drought [...]

The simple policy that led America’s biggest drop in teen birth rates

The lessons and stories from Colorado’s surprisingly effective approach.

Washington Post, By Tina Griego, August 20

She was 15 and adrift. Her mother long dead. Her father otherwise occupied — he did not seem to notice when one of the young men who hung out in his corner market playing Street Fighter took an interest [...]

Oakland: Protesters march against police brutality Friday evening

Inside Bay Area, August 15

Oakland, CA – A group of about 200 protesters marched from downtown into West Oakland on Friday evening, denouncing police violence in the wake of the shooting of an unarmed man in the Midwest that has set off protests nationwide.

The marchers met up around 6 p.m. near Frank Ogawa [...]

U.S. firm helped the spyware industry build a potent digital weapon for sale overseas

Washington Post, By Barton Gellman, August 15

CloudShield Technologies, a California defense contractor, dispatched a senior engineer to Munich in the early fall of 2009. His instructions were unusually opaque.

As he boarded the flight, the engineer told confidants later, he knew only that he should visit a German national who awaited him with an [...]

Protesters clash with police in Ferguson, Missouri

AP, By Jim Suhr & Jim Salterillam, August 14

Ferguson, MO — Protests in the St. Louis suburb rocked by racial unrest since a white police officer fatally shot a young, unarmed black man turned violent last night, with people lobbing Molotov cocktails and other objects at police, who responded with smoke bombs and tear [...]

Turkey’s Premier Is Proclaimed Winner of Presidential Election

New York Times, By Ceylan Yeginsu & Sebnem Arsu, August 10

Istanbul – Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has led Turkey for more than a decade, is set to become the country’s first popularly elected president, apparently cruising to a victory on Sunday that positioned him to be the dominant political figure here for [...]

Deep emissions cuts needed by 2050 to limit warming-UN draft

Reuters, By Alister Doyle, August 7

Oslo – Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 to 70 percent by mid-century will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents, a draft U.N. report showed.

The 26-page draft, obtained by Reuters on Thursday, sums up three U.N. scientific [...]

US launches airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Iraq’s Kurdistan

Pentagon says strikes on Islamic State artillery positions came after group shelled Kurdish forces near US personnel

Al Jazeera, August 8

American warplanes carried out two separate airstrikes against advancing Islamic State (IS) positions in northern Iraq after artillery fire from the group fell near U.S. personnel, the Pentagon said Friday.

In the first strike, [...]

Fukushima nuclear meltdown worse than initially reported – TEPCO

Russia Today, August 7

The meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s third reactor building was even worse than initially believed, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has announced.

In fact, the power company’s new appraisal of the Fukushima No. 3 reactor building shows that all – or nearly all – of the fuel rods [...]

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