Review by Organisation of American States on illicit drugs ‘could mark beginning of the end’ of prohibition
The Observer, By Jamie Doward, May 18
European governments and the Obama administration are this weekend studying a “gamechanging” report on global drugs policy that is being seen in some quarters as the beginning of the end for [...]
(The Guardian) – The US has not reacted to the expulsion of Ryan Fogle, who was caught in a sting operation while allegedly attempting to recruit an FSB agent.
The Federal Security Service in Russia has revealed the identity of the CIA’s station chief in Moscow in a breach of protocol.
The revelation, made [...]
In case you have not heard (and I hadn’t until yesterday), there are calls for the impeachment of President Barack Obama over military actions in Syria. Congressman Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, and just a few activist groups are raising the issue as the false flags of war are unfurled over the Syrian [...]
I realize conservatives have to strike while the iron is hot, but this is pure stupidity:
And they’re off: With no defined field of candidates and the last election just six months in the rearview mirror, American Crossroads on Sunday aired the first attack ad of the 2016 presidential campaign, panning Hillary Clinton for her [...]
It may, in fact, not be the Assad government using chemical weapons. It may actually be the rebels:
Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof”.
However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons.
This all sounds suspiciously, or [...]
(Foreign Policy Magazine) – The foiled arrest that explains America’s failure in Afghanistan.
Buried in the recent New York Times revelation that the CIA has been delivering bags of cash to Afghan President Hamid Karzai is a nugget of information that tells the whole story about just how self-defeating U.S. Afghanistan policy has been. [...]
U.S. policy seen as factor in Somalia famine deaths
U.S. counter-terrorism measures and Islamist militants contributed to the nearly 260,000 deaths in Somalia’s 2010-12 food crisis, analysts say.
Intriguing little item in the news today: Bolivian President Evo Morales expels USAID
Bolivian President Evo Morales has said he will expel the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Mr Morales accused the agency of seeking to “conspire against” the Bolivian people and his government.
US state department spokesman Patrick Ventrell rejected the allegations as [...]
The citizens of this country are in no mood to see U.S. military involvement in Syria. Of course, it has already begun. Consultation, secret assistance, and money given for “communications” (which allows other money for weapons) all contribute to the military effort. For months, Hillary Clinton demanded that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad leave the country. [...]
(AFP) – President Evo Morales announced the expulsion of USAID from Bolivia, accusing the US development agency of meddling in the country’s internal affairs.
(smh.com.au) – President Barack Obama has recommitted to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison following the arrival of “medical reinforcements” to deal with a mass hunger strike.
Nearly 40 Navy nurses, corpsmen and specialists have gone to the detention centre, as 100 inmates who have been held for more than a decade without trial refuse food.
McClatchy/Miami Herald, By Carol Rosenberg, April 27
International Red Cross delegates began inspecting conditions at the Guantánamo prison camps on Saturday, as the U.S. military said the number of hunger strikers had reached 100.
One-fifth of the hunger strikers were being force fed nutritional supplements through feeding tubes, said Army Lt. Col. Samuel House, a [...]
Washington Post, By Dana Priest, April 27
Mexico City — For the past seven years, Mexico and the United States have put aside their tension-filled history on security matters to forge an unparalleled alliance against Mexico’s drug cartels, one based on sharing sensitive intelligence, U.S. training and joint operational planning.
But now, much of that [...]
(AFP) – Top US diplomat John Kerry said Thursday he would mull ways to deepen US engagement in the Arctic amid pleas from lawmakers to name America’s first ambassador to the resource-rich region.
(AFP) – North Korea offered talks Thursday with South Korea and the United States, but laid out pre-conditions that Seoul and Washington dismissed and analysts said would do little to reduce soaring tensions.