Hagel: Budget cuts threaten America’s security

Hagel: Budget cuts threaten America’s security

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sounded an alarm bell Saturday about budget cuts he said threaten America’s security and global military role, while “gambling” over the risk of an unexpected threat. The cuts, which amount to nearly $1 trillion for the Department of Defense (DoD) over a decade, were “too steep, too deep and too abrupt,” […]

Obama knew NSA was spying on German chancellor

Obama knew NSA was spying on German chancellor

President Barack Obama was personally informed of mobile phone tapping against German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which may have begun as early as 2002, German media reported Sunday. Bild am Sonntag newspaper quoted US intelligence sources as saying that National Security Agency chief Keith Alexander had briefed Obama on the operation against Merkel in 2010. “Obama […]

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

Republicans start to realize their strategy isn’t working

With their leadership clinging to its strategy of demanding changes to the health care law, some rank-and-file Republicans acknowledged Saturday that ending the US government shutdown requires a new game plan. Without question, a repeal or delay of the law known as “Obamacare” remains a top priority for Republican lawmakers, who for weeks have insisted […]

NSA spied on King, Ali, others

NSA spied on King, Ali, others

The National Security Agency eavesdropped on civil rights icon Martin Luther King and heavyweight boxer Muhammad Ali as well as other leading critics of the Vietnam War in a secret program later deemed “disreputable,” declassified documents revealed. The six-year spying program, dubbed “Minaret,” had been exposed in the 1970s but the targets of the surveillance […]

Protesters: ‘Obama, stop pipeline!’

Protesters: ‘Obama, stop pipeline!’

Some 200 people staged a sit-in outside the US State Department Monday, demanding that President Barack Obama stop the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. Activists from environmental groups and civil society organizations held placards and shouted:”President Obama, stop the pipeline!” The proposal under debate pertains to construction of a 1,179-mile (1,897 kilometer) portion stretching from Alberta […]

Historic Agent Orange cleanup begins in Vietnam

Historic Agent Orange cleanup begins in Vietnam

From deformed infants to grandparents with cancer, families near Vietnam’s Danang Airbase have long blamed the toxic legacy of war for their ills. Now after a decades-long wait, a historic “Agent Orange” clean-up is finally beginning. The base was a key site in the US defoliant program during the Vietnam War, and much of the […]