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Whistleblower Publicly Exposes Julius Baer to WikiLeaks, Promptly Arrested

Whistleblower Publicly Exposes Julius Baer to WikiLeaks, Promptly Arrested

January 20, 2011

Rudolf Elmer as again been arrested by Swiss police for releasing details on rich tax evasion to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

WikiLeaks Source – Where is Bradley Manning?

WikiLeaks Source – Where is Bradley Manning?

December 16, 2010

Bradley Manning is currently being held in solitary confinement, seven months and counting, accused of leaking more than 90,000 documents to WikiLeaks, but without conviction of any crime.

WikiLeaks Cable Reveals DynCorp Funding Child Sex Slavery in Afghanistan

WikiLeaks Cable Reveals DynCorp Funding Child Sex Slavery in Afghanistan

December 11, 2010

The Afghanistan cable dated June 24th, confirms the rumor that DynCorp threw a bacha bazi (“boy-play”) party for new Afghan police recruits.

In Lula’s Shadow? Brazil’s First Female President

In Lula’s Shadow? Brazil’s First Female President

November 3, 2010

The former guerilla and now Brazil’s first female President, Dilma Rousseff won a historic victory but must follow the most popular politician alive.

China Threatens Green Revolution with Rare-Earth Export Cut

China Threatens Green Revolution with Rare-Earth Export Cut

October 21, 2010

China controls 97% of the specially metals that are critical to green technology.

Colbert Works Farm for a Day, Testifies Before Congress

Colbert Works Farm for a Day, Testifies Before Congress

October 4, 2010

Stephen Colbert recently testified before Congress about the plight of farm workers, after taking the United Farms Workers challenge to sign up and work in the fields for one day.

Massive Nigerian Jailbreak

Massive Nigerian Jailbreak

September 16, 2010

Islamist Militant group Boko Haram raided a prison in Northern Nigeria last week, resulting in massive jailbreak of some 700 inmates.

U.S. Denies Pressuring India to Drop Liability Claims

U.S. Denies Pressuring India to Drop Liability Claims

August 21, 2010

Last week, the U.S. denied pressure against India to drop the outcry against Dow Chemical, the company responsible for the chemical disaster in 1984 in the city of Bhopal, where 15,000 people were killed and over 500,000 fell ill. At the time, tens of thousands of victims were paid a total of roughly $500 million ...

Public Outcry including Facebook Petition Saves Lake Skadar (for now)

Public Outcry including Facebook Petition Saves Lake Skadar (for now)

August 16, 2010

A public outcry, including a Facebook petition has halted, at least for the time being, construction of up to 4 dams along the Morača river in Montenegro. The river feeds into Lake Skadar, the biggest lake in the Balkans and a wetland of global importance per the Ramsar Convention The Montenegrin government welcomed a public debate ...

Dutch Cleanup Assistance Finally Accepted

Dutch Cleanup Assistance Finally Accepted

July 2, 2010

On Tuesday of last week, the US finally announced it was accepting the help of 12 foreign countries in the Gulf cleanup effort. Much has been made of the Obama Administration’s response or lack of response to the B.P. Gulf oil spill. It’s a natural question, understandably people want to know if their government is doing ...

Climate Change’s Unlikely Crusader

Climate Change’s Unlikely Crusader

June 30, 2010

Oil Baron, Natural Gas Advocate and Corporate Raider T. Boone Pickens, is also the 117th richest person in America. His corporate acquisitions and takeovers have placed him into many industries, mostly relating to energy. A takeover of Gulf Oil, placed him on the cover of time magazine in March of 1985. He was a huge financial ...

Destined to Repeat? Shell Oil runs Deepwater Horizon clone in the Gulf

Destined to Repeat? Shell Oil runs Deepwater Horizon clone in the Gulf

June 24, 2010

Shell’s Deepwater Nautilus rig was built just a year after the Deepwater Horizon. It came from the same shipyard, drilling in the same Mississippi Canyon as the BP disaster. Hoirzon and Nautilus were both built in South Korea by Hyandai Heavy Industries (009540:Korea SE) for Transocean Ltd.(NYSE: RIG). Transocean currently has about 48 deep ...

Gaddafi’s Intentions Towards Italian Town Questioned

Gaddafi’s Intentions Towards Italian Town Questioned

June 23, 2010

According to reports, Libya’s resident madman, Mummar Gaddafi, has discovered valuable mineral wealth in the hills near Italian town Antrodoco. Gaddafi had a brief stopover in the town while traveling to Italy for the G8 summit. Antrodoco is s small village, of about 2,800 people. Apparently, Gaddafi was initially taken aback by their hospitality and warmth, ...

Two Month Blockade Set to End in India

Two Month Blockade Set to End in India

June 17, 2010

A two month blockade is set to end within a matter of days, according to a government Indian official. More than 2 million people have been without food, fuel and medicine since the economic blockade started on April 11th, blocking the only two major highways in and out of Manipur. “…funded mainly through drug trafficking ...

Spills in Nigeria Dwarf Gulf Oil Spill Almost Every Year

Spills in Nigeria Dwarf Gulf Oil Spill Almost Every Year

June 16, 2010

One of the worst environmental disasters of our time is occurring right before our eyes. Sadly, it is not BP’s Gulf Oil Spill. In May of this year an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, pouring a million gallons of crude into the delta before the leak was plugged. Just a week later, an explosion ...

EU in Crisis – Span’s workers plan strike

EU in Crisis – Span’s workers plan strike

June 8, 2010

What’s happening: The largest trade unions in Spain are planning a strike in protest of announced 5% cuts in public sector pay, starting this month. Public development investment will also be cut back, in an attempt to combat a budget deficit of over 11%. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Roriguez Sapatero announced the cuts in May, just ...

The Hope of the Afghan Peace Conference

The Hope of the Afghan Peace Conference

June 3, 2010

A three day conference kicked off yesterday in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai initiated the conference in an effort to bring the war-torn country together and generate national consensus on how to end the nearly nine-year war. Notably absent from the conference were members of the Taliban, however their presence was felt amid rocket attacks ...

Clash at blockade inevitable – conditions deteriorate in Gaza

Clash at blockade inevitable – conditions deteriorate in Gaza

June 1, 2010

Violence continues to be met with violence on both sides. Even though 80% of the population relies on food aid, almost all of it has been halted by blockades created by Israel and Egypt on either side. Today, Israeli soldiers were attacked when they attempted to board a ship that was part of an aide convey, which sparked a retaliation that killed 10-16 people and wounding even more.

Developing Story: Violence in Thailand Escalating

Developing Story: Violence in Thailand Escalating

May 14, 2010

Thai Troops fired upon anti-government protesters in Bangkok during a massive army push to clear the streets, killing 5 and wounding 81 people. The conflict is stemming from the growing anti-government red shirt movement that has been protesting the established government actively for about 2 months now.

Forlorn Battle for Hearts and Minds

Forlorn Battle for Hearts and Minds

May 13, 2010

…an occupying force in any country will always breed more animosity, there will always be civilian casualties, making the goal of winning hearts and minds a challenging one indeed…

Growing Energy Crisis – An Answer

Growing Energy Crisis – An Answer

May 12, 2010

What if there was a better answer? What if there was an element other than Uranium that could promise zero chance of meltdown, generated power cheaply, could not be weaponized, and who’s reactive waste only had to be stored for a few hundred years, rather than tens of thousands?

Bombs and Bailouts
Worse than feared

Worse than feared

April 30, 2010

Oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico at 5 times the initial rate  estimated, and therefore spreading much faster, threatening the Mississippi River delta along the coast of Louisiana. The rig is emptying an estimated 136.4 tons of crude oil a day, today we reached a grand total of 1000 crude oil tons dumped ...

Republicans Halt Wall Street Reform

April 27, 2010 No Comments

As expected, last night Republicans banded together, blocking any consideration for a debate on Wall Street reform. Democrats needed 60 votes just to begin consideration for this bill.

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