Archive for October, 2012

Extrajudicial Assassinations are “Legal”: American Democracy and the “Disposition Matrix”

The media and political establishment have responded with near total silence to the Washington Post’s revelation last week that the Obama administration has transformed extra-judicial assassination into a permanent practice of the US government. What should be immediate grounds for the impeachment of the president has been met with indifference, most notably from liberal and […]

Hurricane Sandy leaves 8 million without power in US

Hurricane Sandy came ashore in New Jersey Monday evening and steamed inland on Tuesday, delivering punishing winds, rain and snow. The US death toll rose to 40, with many of the victims killed by falling trees. More than 8 million people were left without power. Before making its way up the Eastern Seaboard, Sandy killed […]

Destroying Iran’s Economy. Fighting dollarization

The West’s attempts to destroy the Iranian economy through heightened sanctions—including most imports, oil exports and use of banks for trade operations—is having its affect. According to Johns Hopkins University Professor Steve Hanke, Iran is facing hyperinflation, with a monthly inflation rate of nearly 70% per month and its national currency, the rial, plummeting in […]

Assange went a bit too far – Richard Branson to RT

The whistleblower Julian Assange could have made “a thousand better stories” if he had edited his sources and declined to include the personal lives of people around the world, Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson told RT. Branson believes journalism and the modern blogosphere, is a significant force which can change the world […]

Crisis cash in: Hungary offers citizenship for investment

Hungary may offer wealthy foreigners the chance to purchase citizenship – if they agree to invest at least €250,000 in the indebted country’s economy. The potential investors – and future “citizens” – will have to buy special government bonds, leading to preferential immigration treatment for them. Once acquiring the Hungarian passport, the […]

Waves of anger: Japan tsunami victim aid spent on whalers, officials and fighter pilots

A quarter of Japan’s tsunami relief fund has been spent on unrelated projects, including renovating a government office and subsiding whaling. The revelations have ignited outcry as more than 320,000 tsunami victims remain displaced. The expenditure was identified after the publication of an independent government-backed audit into the allocation of the $150 […]

1000s stage anti-austerity demo in Portugal

Thousands of people hold a demonstration outside the Portuguese parliament in the capital Lisbon on October 31, 2012. Thousands of people have gathered outside the Portuguese parliament in Lisbon to protest against the assembly’s approval of the government’s 2013 draft austerity budget. The demonstration was staged on Wednesday after the parliament approved the draft bill, […]

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein arrested in Texas

“Jill Stein has been released from jail,” says Tar Sands Blockade say in their Twitter Jill Stein, a presidential candidate from the Green Party, has been arrested in Texas while attempting to resupply protesters camping out in trees to oppose the Keystone XL pipeline, according to anti-pipeline activists. The Tar Sands Blockade activists said she […]

US presses Algeria to lend support to military intervention in Mali

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika (R) and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brief the press following a meeting at the Mouradia Palace, Algiers, October 29, 2012. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has met with Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to pressure his country to lend support to a potential military intervention in northern Mali. […]

How Many People Have Ever Been Born?

How many people have ever been born? You’ve wondered this. You may have heard it said that there are more people alive today than have died in all of human history, but this is not true. According to calculations by demographer Carl Haub, about 107 billion people have been born up until now, and 100 […]

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