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Obama: Draft women into the military

The Obama administration has declared its support for requiring women to register for the military draft, a symbolic but significant shift that reflects the U.S. military’s evolution from a male-dominated force to one seeking to incorporate women at all levels. President Barack Obama has been considering whether to adopt the position since last December, when… Read More »

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‘Citizenfour’ wins Oscar for best documentary

Revealing state secrets have turned into Oscar acclaim for the makers of the Edward Snowden documentary “Citizenfour.” Laura Poitras’ film documents her initial meeting in Hong Kong with Snowden, as well as journalist Glenn Greenwald. It’s an uncommonly intimate view of what became a historic and much debated act: Snowden leaking National Security Agency documents… Read More »

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2 wks of Military drills in Downtown LA

Residents in and around downtown Los Angeles could hear helicopters or other military aircraft over the coming days as Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton train in preparation for a deployment. The training is part of a two-week military exercise that starts Friday and extends through Dec. 16 and involves about 2,400 members of the… Read More »

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Submit your 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Nomination by February 1st!

You have only until February 2015 to submit your Nobel Peace Prize nomination for 2015. Nobel Peace Prize Nomination Directions 1) Leave a one line comment about peace at this web site: Doing this instantly confers upon you the title of Director of the World Peace Research Institute, allowing you, according to our understanding… Read More »

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Unknown Cloud Seen from Space Station

Unknown Cloud Seen from Space Station Added by Kimberly Ruble on October 13, 2013. This weekend, an astronaut from Italy, Luca Parmitano, put some very strange photographs upon his account at Twitter which had been taken from the International Space Station. They showed what appeared to be some sort of unknown cloud that was rising… Read More »

Google Now a Military Contractor with BigDog Robot

▶ BigDog Overview (Updated March 2010) – YouTube. From privacy concerns to monopolies, some people have been growing increasingly concerned over some of Google’s business practices for years now. Wonder what those types think now the search giant owns a company that makes military robots. Yes, Google has splashed out and purchased Boston Dynamics, the… Read More »

Kaliningrad: European fears over Russian missiles

European countries bordering Russia’s territory of Kaliningrad say they are worried at reports that Moscow has put nuclear-capable missiles there. Lithuania and Poland both issued statements of concern. Russia has not confirmed the report but insists it has every right to station missiles in its western-most region. Moscow has long threatened to move Iskander short-range… Read More »

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BREAKING: Federal Judge rules entire NSA data collection program unconstitutional – a violation of the 4th

Judge Leon of the DC District Court has held that the NSA’s bulk collection of telephony metadata violates the Fourth Amendment and has enjoined the entire program (stayed pending appeal). Judge Leon recognizes that his holding conflicts with the reasoning of other district courts, but he expresses confidence that he is correct and that James… Read More »

Pakistani official outs CIA officials in drone investigation

Shireen Mazari information secretary for the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party A Pakistani political party official has publicly named two U.S. CIA officials in connection with a police murder investigation into a drone strike. Police had already initiated an investigation against unnamed persons after a recent drone strike that killed five. In a televised news conference Wednesday,… Read More »

Documents show Blair government let US spy on Britons

Exclusive: Tony Blair’s government allowed America to store and analyse the email, mobile phone and internet records of potentially millions of innocent Britons, Channel 4 News can reveal. Sixty-seven years. That’s about how long the secret was kept about this massive USA – UK spy program. Imagine that everything you’ve ever said on a phone… Read More »

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NSA surveillance: Spain demands US explain ‘monitoring’

Spain has urged the US to give details of any eavesdropping amid reports it monitored 60 million Spanish phone calls in a month.The US ambassador to Spain, who had been summoned by the EU minister, vowed to clear the “doubts” that had arisen about his country’s alleged espionage. The minister said such practices, if true,… Read More »

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President Obama and Iranian President Discuss Nukes by Phone

It’s the First Time the Heads of the Two Countries Spoke Since 1979 President Obama spoke by phone today with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, the first time the heads of these two countries have had direct communications since 1979. “While there will surely be… Read More »

Brain Scans Show Why Psychopaths Don’t Feel Your Pain

Among other traits, psychopaths feel a lack of empathy when other people are in pain, and brain scans now reveal why that is. Psychopathy is a personality disorder marked by callousness, manipulation, sensation seeking and antisocial behaviors. About 23 percent of people in prison are psychopaths, compared with about 1 percent of people in the… Read More »

Yes, atomic bomb that fell in US almost went off, says document

An H-bomb that accidentally plunged into a North Carolina field in 1961 came far too close to actually exploding, according to a secret document newly published by the Guardian. “Yeah. It would have been bad news – in spades.” Newly declassified documents are on everyone’s mind these days, as are inadequate safeguards on national-security programs.… Read More »

Obama: Outside of self-defense a US President may not unilaterally authorize military attacks

… In 2008, President Obama, when he was a candidate for President, had this question-and-answer exchange with the Boston Globe: “Q. In what circumstances, if any, would the president have constitutional authority to bomb Iran without seeking a use-of-force authorization from Congress? Specifically, what about the strategic bombing of suspected nuclear sites — a situation… Read More »

Israel to hire pro-government tweeters and Facebookers

The Israeli government puts out a national call for university students to come work for its new social media project, which aims to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment. Official Israeli Defense Forces Twitter account. (Credit: IDF)Lots of college students pick up part-time jobs canvasing for different causes, politicians, or organizations. Maybe this is how the… Read More »

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Official: Embassy Attack Threat “Had No Basis in Fact”

After initially warning of a terror plot “thought to have been one of the most serious against American and other Western interests since the September 11 attacks,” the US closed 20 embassies and consulates earlier this month, 18 of which reopened yesterday. The announcement of the threat occurred as it was simultaneously acknowledged that the… Read More »

Indian submarine INS Sindhurakshak catches fire, sinks

AN Indian navy submarine with about 18 sailors on board has caught fire after an explosion and sunk at its home port in Mumbai. Efforts were being made to ascertain the safety of the personnel and salvage the diesel- and electricity-powered submarine, navy spokesman Narendra Vispute said. Indian news channel NDTV said a loud explosion… Read More »

Japan launches largest warship since World War II

Japan on Tuesday unveiled its largest warship since World War II, an 820-foot-long, 19,500-ton flattop capable of carrying 14 helicopters, according to media reports. The ship, named the Izumo, is classified as a helicopter destroyer, though its flattop design makes it look like an aircraft carrier. But the Japanese Defense Ministry says the ship is… Read More »

Letters: US should leave Edward Snowden alone

More than 150 civil society organisations from around the globe are asking President Barack Obama to end the prosecution of Edward Snowden (Activists stage second national day of protest against NSA’s domestic spying, 4 August). Human rights, digital rights and media freedom campaigners from the UK to Uruguay and from the US to Uganda have… Read More »

US non-exploding radioactive weapons blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq

“Every single residential street that we’ve visited in several neighborhoods, we found multiple cases of families whose children were ill, families who had lost children who had to bury children, families who had many relatives who were suffering from cancer,” RT correspondent Lucy Kafanov said. Dr. Chris Busby has researched the effects of depleted uranium… Read More »

U.S. drops bombs on Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

Two U.S. fighter jets have dropped four unarmed bombs in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park when a training exercise went wrong. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert bomb and an unarmed explosive bomb in the World Heritage-listed marine park off the coast of Queensland… Read More »

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Russia claims Syria rebels used sarin at Khan al-Assal

Russia says it has evidence showing a projectile that hit a northern Syrian village contained the nerve agent sarin and was most likely fired by rebels.Moscow’s permanent representative to the UN told reporters that the findings were the result of an independent investigation requested by Damascus. Both sides have accused each other of attacks involving… Read More »

US Chemical Weapons Report in Syria ‘Fabricated’

A US government report concluding Syria has used chemical weapons against rebels, crossing what US President Barack Obama has previously described as a “red line,” is a fabrication, a senior Russian lawmaker said Friday. “Information about the usage of chemical weapons by [Syrian President Bashar] Assad is fabricated in the same way as the lie… Read More »

White House Says “Multiple” Sources on Syria Chemical Weapons; Colin Powell Had Multiple Sou rces for Iraq Claims, Too

The White House has announced it is now confident the Syrian government used chemical weapons in the civil war that’s engulfed that country for the last three years. A statement from the White Houseinsists the determination is based on “multiple, independent streams of information.” The Bush Administration’s insistence about the case for a war in… Read More »

U.S. Special Forces getting constellation of mini surveillance satellites to hunt down ‘people considered to be dangerous’

In September, the U.S. government will fire into orbit a two-stage rocket from a Virginia launchpad. Officially, the mission is a scientific one, designed to improve America’s ability to send small satellites into space quickly and cheaply. But the launch will also have a second purpose: to help the elite forces of U.S. Special Operations… Read More »

Why do innocent people falsely confess?

Japan has a conviction rate of more than 99%. But in recent months there has been a public outcry over a number of wrongful arrests where innocent people confessed to crimes. It started with a threat posted on the city of Yokohama’s website in late June: “I’ll attack a primary school and kill all the… Read More »

Afghanistan’s heritage is at stake

South east of Kabul lies Logar, the latest province to backslide into the clutches of insurgency and Taliban rule. Upon the region’s barren landscape sits a cluster of rocky foothills known collectively as Mes Aynak. To the Afghan and Chinese governments, Mes Aynak is the site of massive copper reserves, the world’s second largest, with… Read More »

Air Force strips 17 officers of nuclear watch command

The US Air Force has removed 17 officers from the authority to control nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, US media have reported. The unprecedented action was taken in April, after the unit’s deputy commander wrote in email the programme was suffering “rot”. The story was first reported by the Associated Press. The Air Force’s top official… Read More »

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