Archives for enero 2017

Pre-Emptive Attack Iran Bill Active in US House

The title of the bill tells the tale: a bill «To authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces to achieve the goal of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.» This legislation, introduced by Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL), is as it appears: an authorization for the President to use military force against Iran. But it is much worse than that.

Daniel Mcadams
enero 31st, 2017
By Daniel Mcadams
enero 31st, 2017

(Op-ed) -- You will often see potentially important pieces of legislation languish in the US House. A bill will remain active, meaning that it can be brought to the Floor at any time. But it flies just under the radar. Other times the language floats around Washington for years until a "crisis" necessitates its activation and passage. As we

Syria Warns US Safe Zones Would Be Unsafe & Violate Sovereignty

The safe zones were originally reported to be part of the refugee ban executive order, but was not contained in the final draft. The reports said the order was to give the State Department and Pentagon 90 days to come up with a plan for the safe zones.​

Jason Ditz
enero 31st, 2017
By Jason Ditz
enero 31st, 2017

President Trump has not signed the expected executive order on establishing safe zones in Syria, but the White House has insisted that Trump and Saudi King Salman had agreed to the idea during a weekend phone call. Syria has not been brought into the discussion, however, and that’s not sitting well with Syria. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem

Labor Leaders Stump For Trump As White House Prepares Attack On Workers

Organized labor has been under attack in the US for at least forty years, and the ascendance of Donald Trump to the presidency signals a new and dangerous period not just for trade unions, but for the entire working class.

Eric Draitser
enero 31st, 2017
By Eric Draitser
enero 31st, 2017
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at the residence of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in New York. (AP/Mary Altaffer)

  NEW YORK --- (Analysis) The sight of leaders of a number of major trade unions praising President Donald Trump after their meeting with him on Jan. 23 is perhaps the perfect illustration of everything wrong with the labor movement. More importantly, it demonstrates just how hollow President Trump’s rhetoric about defending workers and

Protests Continue For 2nd Day Against Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’

Not letting up on protesting and showing solidarity with those banned, thousands took to the streets again Sunday to protest Trump’s new policy.

teleSUR
enero 30th, 2017
By teleSUR
enero 30th, 2017
Izzy Berdan, of Boston, center, wears an American flags as he chants slogans with other demonstrators during a rally against President Donald Trump's order that restricts travel to the U.S., Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017, in Boston. (AP/Steven Senne)

(REPORT) --- Protests erupted for a second day in several U.S. cities Sunday as people took to the streets against President Donald Trump's executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, even those with valid visas and permanent residency. Thousands of people gathered in Lower Manhattan in

BP, Total Set To Drill Near Newly Discovered Amazonian Coral Reef

The discovery of the reef has raised concerns that oil exploration in the area poses a threat to a vast ecosystem that isn’t yet understood.

Lawrence Carter
enero 30th, 2017
By Lawrence Carter
enero 30th, 2017

BP and Total are planning to drill for oil near a recently discovered coral reef off the coast of Brazil, Energydesk can reveal. Together the oil majors own five deepwater exploration licences in the Foz do Amazonas (Mouth of the Amazon River) basin and are expected to be granted permits to begin exploratory drilling early this year – once their

New Bill Aims To Stop Warrantless Stingray Spying

An inforgrapic demonstrating how a Stingray device works via a USA Today investigation. ALBANY, N.Y. (REPORT) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect […]

An inforgrapic demonstrating how a Stingray device works via a USA Today investigation

ALBANY, N.Y. (REPORT) – A bill introduced in the New York Assembly would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in New York, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Asm. Sean