Category Archives: War

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 »

Video: 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 »

Category: War

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 »