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Digital Rights Advocates Want the UN to Stop Social Media Searches at the US Border

Refugees and immigrants are having their digital lives exposed at America’s borders. Your life is on your phone. If someone has access to your cell—assuming you keep apps and cloud services logged in—they have a near-complete picture of who you are: Where you’ve been, who you’re closest to, what you believe, and where your money […]

Russian CEO Says Moody’s Underestimates Positive Trends in Russian Economy

MOSCOW, Feb. 18 (Xinhua) — Russian Direct Investment Fund CEO Kirill Dmitriev said Saturday that Moody’s upgrade of the outlook on the Russian government bond is “positive,” but its rating on the Russian assets is still “politicized.” “The outlook upgrade is positive, but Moody’s underestimates the positive trends in the Russian economy,” Dmitriev was quoted […]

Android Phone Hacks Could Unlock Millions of Cars

IN THE ERA of the connected car, automakers and third-party developers compete to turn smartphones into vehicular remote controls, allowing drivers to locate, lock, and unlock their rides with a screen tap. Some apps even summon cars and trucks in Knight Rider fashion. But phones can be hacked. And when they are, those car-connected features can fall into the […]

Editorial- Red Hysteria Engulfs Washington

President Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the dangers of the military-industrial complex made half a century ago ring as loud and clear today. The soft coup being mounted against the Trump government by America’s “deep state” reached a new intensity this week as special interests battled for control of Washington. The newly named national security advisor, […]

Iraqi Forces Launch Operation to Retake Western Mosul From Daesh

Iraqi forces launched an operation Sunday to retake the western half of Mosul from the Daesh. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operation early Sunday morning on state television, saying government forces were moving to “liberate the people of Mosul from Daesh oppression forever”. Southwest of Mosul, near the city’s Daesh-held […]

US to Deploy 1,000 Soldiers to Poland to Deter Alleged ‘Russian Aggression’

The United States will send about 1,000 military personnel to Poland in April, German Spiegel magazine wrote, referring to a statement by US Army Europe. According to the report, US military will head toward Europe at the end of March and will be deployed in the town of Orzysz in the northeastern part of the country. At the last summit of the military alliance in Warsaw, NATO […]

Editorial- Who Rules the United States?

Donald Trump was elected president last November by winning 306 electoral votes. He pledged to “drain the swamp” in Washington, D.C., to overturn the system of politics that had left the nation’s capital and major financial and tech centers flourishing but large swaths of the country mired in stagnation and decay. “What truly matters,” he […]

US Military Is Looking to Add AI to Its Cyber Defense

The Pentagon’s outgoing chief information officer said the Pentagon has already looked into IBM’s Watson platform. Data center consolidation continues to vex the Pentagon’s top technology officer as he prepares to retire. “There’s still a lot of work to do,” Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Wednesday. He listed lagging data center consolidation efforts as […]

Damascus Accuses Turkey of Building Separation Wall in Northern Syria

DAMASCUS, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — The Syrian Foreign Ministry accused Turkey on Friday of bringing in equipment to build a separation wall in northern Syria, according to state news agency SANA. In a letter of condemnation sent to the UN, the ministry said the Turkish government’s aggression on Syria soil is incessant. On Jan. 11, […]

Editorial- Free At Last! Canada Without NAFTA

Donald Trump has said he intends to renegotiate or cancel the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This would be good news if we take the opportunity to get out of the NAFTA straitjacket and begin using Canadian resources for the benefit of Canadians. Under the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – chapters 4 and […]

Lavrov Explains What’s Behind Putin’s Decision on Donbass Residents’ Passports

Russia decided to validate Donbass residents’ documents for humanitarian reasons and the presidential decree will remain in force until the Minsk peace deal is implemented, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Saturday. MUNICH (Sputnik) — Kremlin’s press office has released a statement saying Putin had signed a decree that validated IDs, birth certificates and vehicle registration plates, among other […]

With New Constitution, Is Karabakh Following in Azerbaijan’s Footsteps?

On February 20, the de facto republic of Nagorno Karabakh will hold a referendum on a new constitutionthat would change the form of government from semi-presidential to a fully presidential. It would also, as a result, allow incumbent president Bako Sahakyan to retain his post beyond the current limit of two five-year terms. There appears to […]

Editorial- How a Real War on Terrorism Would Look and Why the US Isn’t Fighting One

February 19, 2017 (Ulson Gunnar – NEO) – Since 2001, when then US President George Bush announced his “War on Terror,” presidents and politicians both in the United States and among America’s allies, have repeated this phrase and have done their utmost to convince the public that indeed, the West was fighting a “War on Terror.” Yet […]

Editorial- Venezuela, Washington’s Latest Defamation: To Bring NATO to South America?

The Trump Administration has just accused Venezuela’s newly appointed Vice-President, Tareck El Aissami, of being involved in drug trafficking, thereby dishing out the usual criminal spiel – illegal sanctions against a foreign dignitary with travel bans and asset seizures. This is Washington’s abject behavior at its best, as are so many others around the world of similar […]

Pro-Israel Interests Upped Contributions, Lobbying in 2016

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began establishing their face-to-face diplomatic relationship with a meeting today. But the broader ties between the U.S. and Israel date back decades, and have been bolstered by pro–Israel interests that are active political donors and haven’t hesitated to press their views on issues affecting the mostly Jewish nation. Since the 1990 […]