Caught Between ISIS and Assad. Bill Gates Foundation sells shares in Israeli prison contractor G4S. The Bill Gates Foundation appears to have responded to activist pressure over its investment in Israeli prison contractor G4S by selling some, if not all, of its shares in the company.
Stock exchange filings published yesterday show that the foundation’s stake has dropped below the 3 percent threshold above which holdings must be declared. It is not known how many shares, if any, the Gates Foundation continues to hold, although that should become clear in the next few months when more detailed filings will be published. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation purchased a 3.17 percent stake in G4S for £110 million ($184 million) in June 2013, a move opposed by Palestinian and international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) groups due to the role that G4S plays in helping Israel run its prison system. In April, protests were held at the at Gates Foundation offices in London, Johannesburg and Seattle.
Oil Giant Citgo Gets Off Easy in Criminal Case. A foreign oil company convicted of polluting a Texas community's air with dangerous chemicals has gotten off easy in a criminal case that could undercut the prosecution of environmental crimes in the United States.
The case revolves around Venezuelan-owned Citgo Petroleum’s decade-long violation of the federal Clean Air Act at its refinery in Corpus Christi. In 2007, the Citgo refinery became the first to be criminally convicted of violating the Clean Air Act by a U.S. jury. The refinery had spent a decade illegally operating two giant oil-water separator tanks without any emission controls.
Every day for 10 years, nearby residents breathed noxious fumes emitted from the roofless tanks, including the carcinogen benzene. Drone Victims Recount Horror of Follow-Up Strikes Launched Against People Rescuing Wounded. Family of Mamana Bibi, 68-year-old grandmother killed in US drone strike in Pakistan Human rights organization, Amnesty International, has released a report that presents two case studies on victims of United States drone strikes in Pakistan and also details the practice of signature strikes, which has led to rescuers being killed in follow-up attacks while they are trying to help wounded individuals.
Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women. US investigates illegal military equipment shipments from Israel to Iran. Alabama Looked The Other Way As Prison Staff Habitually Raped Women, Demanded Sexual Favors, DOJ Finds. By Carimah Townes "Alabama Looked The Other Way As Prison Staff Habitually Raped Women, Demanded Sexual Favors, DOJ Finds" CREDIT: Shutterstock For the past two decades, female inmates in Alabama’s Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women have been subjected to atrocious acts of sexual abuse – and the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) did nothing about it.
A Department of Justice report has found that the state’s rampant abuse violates the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment, and calls on Gov. Bayer: a history. Bayer AG is a chemical and pharmaceutical giant founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863 by Friedrich Bayer and his partner, Johann Friedrich Weskott.
Today it has its headquarters in Leverkusen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It trademarked acetylsalicylic acid as aspirin in 1899. It also trademarked heroin a year earlier, then marketed it world-wide for decades as a cough medicine for children "without side-effects", despite the well known dangers of addiction. Report: 250 Million School Age Kids Can't Read. UNITED NATIONS (AP) — At least 250 million of the world's 650 million primary school age children are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, according to a report Wednesday commissioned by the U.N. education agency.
The report found that 130 million are in primary school but have not achieved the minimum benchmarks for learning, and almost 120 million have spent little or no time in a classroom including 57 million youngsters who are not attending school. The independent research team that wrote the report for UNESCO, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, calculated that the cost of 250 million children around the world not learning translates to a loss for governments of around $129 billion annually.
UNESCO's U.N. representative Vibeke Jensen said this global "learning crisis" is mainly caused by a lack of well-trained teachers, especially in impoverished areas. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region lagging farthest behind. The report for UNESCO, the U.N. Torture and murder at a Florida reform school. Know Your Rights: Constitution Free Zone - Map. The Myth of the Absent Black Father. Photo Credit: Flashon Studio/Shutterstock January 21, 2014 | Like this article?
Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published new data on the role that American fathers play in parenting their children. 'Underwear bomber' was working for the CIA. A would-be "underwear bomber" involved in a plot to attack a US-based jet was in fact working as an undercover informer with Saudi intelligence and the CIA, it has emerged.
The revelation is the latest twist in an increasingly bizarre story about the disruption of an apparent attempt by al-Qaida to strike at a high-profile American target using a sophisticated device hidden in the clothing of an attacker. The plot, which the White House said on Monday had involved the seizing of an underwear bomb by authorities in the Middle East sometime in the last 10 days, had caused alarm throughout the US. It has also been linked to a suspected US drone strike in Yemen where two Yemeni members of al-Qaida were killed by a missile attack on their car on Sunday, one of them a senior militant, Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso. Sioux Mother Rescues Abused Children, Faces Arrest. The emergency room doctor was furious at what he had seen, recalled Audre’y Eby, who is Rosebud Sioux and the mother of disabled 16-year-old twins.
One of her sons, who is blind and autistic, squirmed on the examination-room table, screaming, “Ow, ow, it hurts!” The doctor had found livid red and purple bruises covering his penis and scrotum, according to the Nebraska hospital’s records. The U.S. Government And The Sinaloa Cartel. Parking violation turns into police assault caught on video – lawsuit. US senators propose bill to shut off NSA’s water supply in California. I worked on the US drone program. The public should know what really goes on. Whenever I read comments by politicians defending the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Predator and Reaper program – aka drones – I wish I could ask them a few questions.
Why I voted for an academic boycott of Israel. Michael S. Roth slams the American Studies Assn. for "unfairly singling out Israel" in its vote to boycott that nation's academic institutions; he calls the action an "irresponsible attack on academic freedom. " As a 39-year member of the American Studies Assn. (ASA) and a Jewish American, I want to explain why Roth -- whose Op-Ed was published by The Times Dec. 20 -- is wrong and why I wholeheartedly support the organization's resolution. The resolution is far from an attack on academic freedom. In fact, it is a proper response to the routine denial of such scholarly freedom to Palestinian students. On The 100th Anniversary Of The Federal Reserve Here Are 100 Reasons To Shut It Down Forever.
December 23rd, 1913 is a date which will live in infamy. That was the day when the Federal Reserve Act was pushed through Congress. Many members of Congress were absent that day, and the general public was distracted with holiday preparations. Now we have reached the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve, and most Americans still don't know what it actually is or how it functions. HSBC Gets Small Fine For Terrorist Transactions. A major U.S. bank has agreed to a settlement for transferring funds on the behalf of financiers for the militant group Hezbollah, the Treasury Department announced on Tuesday.
Concluding that HSBC's actions "were not the result of willful or reckless conduct," Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control accepted a $32,400 settlement from the bank. Treasury noted, as did HSBC in a statement to HuffPost, that the violations were voluntarily reported. Everett Stern, a former HSBC compliance officer who complained to his supervisors about the Hezbollah-linked transactions, told HuffPost he was "ecstatic and depressed at the same time. " "Those are my transactions, I reported them," he said, satisfied that the government was taking action. Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War. The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality.
Mapping United States Military Installations. US guards 'did nothing' to stop adult prisoners from raping juveniles. The Budget Deal Is a Big Win for the Pentagon. Death of Kelly Thomas. A judge declined to dismiss the charges against the officers in January 2013, finding that "a reasonable person could infer that the use of force was excessive and unreasonable. UN Prostitution Scandal - Institute for War and Peace Reporting - P230. The UN mission in Bosnia comes under fire for allegedly trying to cover up a prostitution scandal. The 13 Most Evil U.S. Government Experiments on Humans (Page 2) Oil Company Caught Illegally Dumping Fracking Discharge In Central Valley. Get Breaking News First Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning. Sign Up. Honey Bee Die-Off Caused By Multiple Factors Including Pesticides. A federal study attributes the massive die-off in American honey bee colonies to a combination of factors, including pesticides, poor diet, parasites and a lack of genetic diversity.
Nearly a third of honey bee colonies in the United States have been wiped out since 2006. Fracking nightmare: ‘Like living in a very heavy industrial zone’ — RT Op-Edge. Mainstream Media Finally Reports on U.S. Funding of Terror. “It's like the United States government subsidizing the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Haqqani network, those groups that are trying to shoot and kill our soldiers,” Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), shown, told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer last week. Mainstream Media Finally Reports on U.S. Funding of Terror.
The two faces of America - Opinion. November 10, 2013 - It was Halloween ten days ago in the United States. Having spent the last 11 years in US custody at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, I've learned a fair amount about American culture. Jaw-dropping animated video on overfishing… It’s time for change! (1) Facebook. 23 Petty Crimes That Have Landed People in Prison for Life Without Parole. The United States has More People in Jail than High School Teachers and Engineers. The Colony: Chile's dark past uncovered - Al Jazeera Correspondent. Afghanistan: U.S. Special Forces Guilty of War Crimes? Girl smuggled into Britain to have her 'organs harvested' How the Super-Rich Are Abandoning America. A broken ocean: The aftermath of Fukushima. PRISONERS OF PROFIT: Private Prison Empire Rises Despite Startling Record Of Juvenile Abuse.
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The Syrian War What You're Not Being Told. Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima' - Middle East - World. » Bombshell: Syria’s ‘chemical weapons’ turn out to be sodium fluoride used in the U.S. water supply Alex Jones. US gave Saddam blessing to use toxins against Iranians. US Complicity in 'Some of the Most Gruesome Chemical Weapons Attacks' Revealed. Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know – The Fukushima Disaster. Fukushima operator pleads for international help as radiation crisis deepens. TEPCO admits leakage of 300 tons of water with monstrous radiation level. Fukushima apocalypse: Years of ‘duct tape fixes’ could result in 'millions of deaths' Why Are Millions Of Fish Suddenly Dying In Mass Death Events All Over The Planet? 4 decades after war ended, Agent Orange still ravaging Vietnamese. 22.214.171.124/nasa.pdf. TEPCO admits Fukushima-1 reactors leak radioactive water to Pacific Ocean.
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