They are expensive, lethal, and precise in their killing; at least they are designed to be. A creation of the nation's intelligence apparatus, they act as the new soldiers abroad, innately non-emotive machines asked to perform the previous duties of an army combatant more efficiently and free of the inhibitive emotional affects on human cognizance. They kill their enemies but also can miss their targets and a study released last month shows that they miss a lot.... (more)
Honduras: Free Cities Ruled Unconstitutional
posted 10/24/2012, 12:41 PM (UpsideDownWorld) [Category: Geopolitics] The Supreme Court of Honduras ruled today that the Honduras legislation establishing charter or model cities was unconstitutional. A ruling two weeks ago from the constitutional branch of the court established by a 4-1 vote that the law was unconstitutional. Because that decision was not unanimous, the entire Supreme Court had to consider and vote on the issue.... (more)
Monday October 15th, 2012
Amnesty Raps Mexico on Human Rights Abuses in Drug War
posted 10/15/2012, 2:01 AM (StoptheDrugWar.org) [Category: Geopolitics] Mexico must take decisive action to rein in systematic and widespread use of torture, ill-treatment, and other human rights abuses, which have increased dramatically since outgoing President Felipe Calderon unleashed the military to fight the country's so-called cartels nearly six years ago, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday.
The report, Known Abusers, But Victims Ignored: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Mexico, documents the increase of cases of torture an... (more)
Iranians Offer 9-Step Plan to End Nuclear Crisis
posted 10/15/2012, 1:59 AM (New York Times) [Category: Geopolitics] WASHINGTON — With harsh economic sanctions contributing to the first major protests in Iran in three years, Iranian officials have begun to describe what they call a “nine-step plan” to defuse the nuclear crisis with the West by gradually suspending the production of the uranium that would be easiest for them to convert into a nuclear weapon.... (more)
Justice Department Educates Foreign Judges on Piracy Issues
posted 10/05/2012, 8:57 PM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Geopolitics] The U.S. Department of Justice is ramping up its battle against online piracy. Yesterday another $2.4 million was dedicated to the ever-increasing threat, and Attorney General Eric Holder seized the opportunity to gloat about some recent anti-piracy successes. Besides claiming the Megaupload takedown as a clear victory, Holder also noted that the DoJ has trained, educated and met with thousands of foreign judges, prosecutors, investigators, and policymakers on piracy issues.... (more)
Since 2004, up to 884 innocent civilians, including at least 176 children, have died from US drone strikes in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.
A new report from the Stanford and New York University law schools finds drone use has caused widespread post-tramatic stress disorder and an overall breakdown of functional society in North Waziristan. In addition, the report finds the u... (more)
New Zealand Prime Minister Apologizes To Kim Dotcom
posted 09/27/2012, 8:36 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Geopolitics] New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has apologized to Kim Dotcom after a report from the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security found that the government illegally monitored the Megaupload founder. The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) carried out surveillance on Dotcom, but did not check out his residency status, instead relying on incorrect information supplied by the police.... (more)
"If a group comes and occupies the United States of America, destroys homes while women and children are in those homes, incarcerate the youth of America, impose five different wars on many neighbors, and always threaten others, what would you do? What would you say? Would you help it? ... Or would you help the people of the United States?"... (more)
First Elected Pirate Party Mayor to Rule Swiss Town
posted 09/25/2012, 5:22 AM (TorrentFreak) [Category: Geopolitics] The Pirate Party movement reached a new milestone yesterday with the world’s first elected Pirate Mayor being voted into office in the Swiss town of Eichberg. With an overwhelming 63 percent of the total vote, Alex Arnold defeated two candidates from the political establishment. The 31-year old software programmer is eager to steer the small Swiss town towards a prosperous future.... (more)
The Project for the New American Century (PNAC), unleashed in June 1997, has largely disappeared from the political radar, yet the mire, murder and general mayhem the US, UK and dwindling “boots on the ground” allies find themselves in, are s... (more)
The US suspects al-Qaeda affiliates were involved in starting the attack on the US consulate in Libya, which killed the American ambassador and three others, and has not only started an FBI inves... (more)
Tutu, the retired Anglican Church's archbishop of South Africa, wrote in an op-ed piece for The Observer newspaper that the ex-leaders of Britain and the United States should be made to "answer for their actions."
The Iraq war "has destabilized and polarized th... (more)
Khamenei: Iran will not develop nuclear weapons
posted 09/03/2012, 12:27 AM (Digital Journal) [Category: Geopolitics] “The Islamic Republic of Iran insists on (its) stance (regarding the establishment of) a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, and the United Nations should make serious efforts to allay the current concerns about nuclear weapons,” he added. Khamenei further said, “Unfortunately, the (structure) of the United Nations is flawed, and the most tyrannical powers in the world, which possess nuclear weapons and have a record of using them, have dominated the United Nations.”... (more)
"The attack took place on a Thursday, when residents of the area had gone to a local market," explains filmmaker Shuchen Tan. "When they saw helicopters hovering over, they ran to their houses, thinking they'd be safe in there but it was those very houses that were blown up."
“United States trade restrictions and economic sanction laws prohibit Blizzard from doing business with residents of certain nations, including Iran,” reads the post. “Several of you have seen and cited the text... (more)
I don't know about you, but I'd much prefer to be spied on by the Russian government than the U.S., the Russian government poses me absolutely no threat, I can't say the same for the U.S. Of course, this article is likely an attack on him from the U.S. angry at him for exposing their Stuxnet cyber terrorism. Funny isn't it, how the U.S. claims there are "cyber terror threats" everywhere yet the U.S. is the only government to ever use it in practice? Same goes for the "nuclear threat." - Chris
Brazil: Drug dealers say no to crack in Rio
posted 08/19/2012, 12:19 AM (Associated Press) [Category: Geopolitics] RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Business was brisk in the Mandela shantytown on a recent night. In the glow of a weak light bulb, customers pawed through packets of powdered cocaine and marijuana priced at $5, $10, $25. Teenage boys with semiautomatic weapons took in money and made change while flirting with girls in belly-baring tops lounging nearby.... (more)
Unfortunately, the CIA doesn't have as high standards. - Chris
"The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia" is a pretty insane film by VICE. It's a journey through war-torn Liberia, showing the extreme poverty the people suffer under in this one time proxy colonialist U.S. state.
All I could think watching this documentary is look at how the U.S. government "helped" these people. Of course, the same goes... (more)
CIA "Manages"ť Drug Trade, Mexican Official Says
posted 07/29/2012, 1:47 PM (The New American) [Category: Geopolitics]
The Central Intelligence Agency's involvement in drug trafficking is back in the media spotlight after a spokesman for the violence-plagued Mexican state of Chihuahua became the latest high-profile individual to accuse the CIA, which has been linked to narcotics trafficking for decades, of ongoing efforts to "manage the drug trade." The infamous American spy agency refused to comment.
In a recent interview, Chihuahua state spokesman Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva told Al Jazeera... (more)
In the shocking clip, which was posted to YouTube on Monday, high-spirited demonstrators apparently use the Libyan dictator's corpse as a ventriloquist's doll.
The footage came to light after a Syrian activist linked to it on Twitter, aiming a threat at Syria's leader Bashar Al Assad.... (more)
Tuesday July 10th, 2012
Singapore to Relax Death Penalty for Some Drug Traffickers
posted 07/10/2012, 9:51 AM (StoptheDrugWar.org) [Category: Geopolitics] Singapore, once famously called "Disneyland with the death penalty" by author William Gibson, will move to relax the imposition of mandatory death sentences for drug traffickers. The wealthy Southeast Asian city-state's deputy prime minister said Monday the government will produce a draft law by year's end that will give judges more discretion in some drug trafficking and murder cases, Reuters reported.
Singapore, which was been ruled by the same party since 1965, is a notori... (more)
A week after returning the once-authoritarian Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power on campaign promises to reduce the violence that is blighting Mexican life, Pena Nieto said it was time for a re-evaluation.
“Yes, I do believe we should open up a new deba... (more)
Sounds like meaningless bluster to pacify the plebs. - Chris
An annual lump sum payment by the super-rich is one of a host of measures including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, currency exchanges or financial transactions proposed in a UN report that accuses wealthy nations of breaking promises to step up aid for the less fortunate.
The annual World Economic and Social Survey says it is critical t... (more)
Assange asks Ecuador for asylum
posted 06/20/2012, 4:28 AM (Glenn Greenwald) [Category: Geopolitics]
Julian Assange was scheduled within days to turn himself over to British authorities for extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning in connection with a sexual assault case in which he has never been charged. Instead, Assange earlier today went to the Embassy of Ecuador in London and sought asylum from that country under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister, Ricardo Patino, issued a statement indicating that his government is “evaluati... (more)
Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to protest the highly secretive gathering, which kicks off Thursday and lasts through the weekend. The off-the-record meeting, well known in conspiracy lore but typically given little to no media attention each year, once again will bring together heads of state, billi... (more)