• Fear rules in Damascus as Syria's revolt enters fourth year

    During a recent meeting of Damascene merchants, talk turned to the case of a colleague detained by Syria’s powerful and dreaded state security apparatus. The man in question, it seemed, had overheard someone cursing President Bashar al-Assad, but failed to turn them in. “Imagine that! They took him and beat...
  • Crimea: Disappeared Man Found Killed

    Crimean authorities should urgently conduct a thorough investigation into the enforced disappearance and subsequent killing of Reshat Ametov, a Crimean Tatar from the Simferopol region, and bring the perpetrators to justice. (Simferopol) – Ametov’s relatives told Human Rights Watch that he was last seen during a protest on March 3,...
  • Serbia elects its new parliament

    Polling stations have opened for general elections in Serbia on Sunday morning, in a race where incumbent Prime Minister Ivica Dacic risks losing the post to his deputy Aleksandar Vucic. Polling stations opened 07:00/am local time and will remain open until 20:00. 3,020 candidates from nineteen political parties will compete to enter the...
  • 26 DEAD OVER 300 WOUNDED IN ALBANIA BLAST EXPLOSION

    A chain of massive explosions at an ammunition depot over the weekend kill 26 people and leave over 300 injured near the Tirana capital of Albania. Some 1,000 soldiers and 500 policemen search for victims throughout the disaster zone, with unexploded shells and munitions from the communist-era military depot...
  • Demand truth from Sri Lanka’s president

    Dear Reader, The truth is hard to find in Sri Lanka. Authorities there have done their utmost to cover up an appalling record of torture, unlawful killings and other abuses. In the next few weeks, Sri Lanka will stand on the world’s political stage at the UN in Geneva...
  • Hostile Environment Training

    NYC-based photographer Allison Joyce traveled to Middleton, Tennessee for four days of Hostile Environment. This past week I took the long megabus ride from New York to Middleton, Tennessee for four days of Hostile Environment training by Pioneer Consulting Group. We stayed on Robert King’s farm, which worked as...
  • Al-Qaeda Backers Get U.S. Contracts in Afghanistan, Report Shows

    Supporters of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan have been getting U.S. military contracts, and American officials are citing “due process rights” as a reason not to cancel the agreements, according to an independent agency monitoring spending. The U.S. Army Suspension and Debarment Office has declined to act in 43 such cases,...
  • Monsanto Buys BLACKWATER the largest mercenary army in the world

    A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (later called Xe Services and more recently “Academi”) clandestine intelligence services was sold to the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses...
  • Bra that doubles as a gas mask and won the Ig Nobel Prize is now on sale

    The Emergency Bra, a brassiere that can turn into two life-saving gas masks for victims of biological warfare won the 2009 Ig Nobel Public Health Prize. It just went on sale via this website, which describes the invention as “an “Emergency Bra, Nursing Bra, Two Face Masks Strapless bra.”...

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