A year later, BP spill damage lingers

A year later, BP spill damage lingers

The worst maritime oil spill in history began nearly a year ago with a drop in pressure in a poorly drilled well deep in the Gulf of Mexico. It hasn’t really ended even though BP’s runaway well was eventually capped 87 days later. As crews in Japan struggle to contain a nuclear meltdown at a […]

Food price surge fuels biofuel critics

Food price surge fuels biofuel critics

A surge in global food prices has prompted fresh criticism of US subsidies for ethanol, which diverts massive amounts of corn from global food supplies for energy. Producers of ethanol argue that the biofuel helps blunt the impact of high imported petroleum prices, but critics say the US policy giving tax breaks for ethanol used […]

House votes to overturn net neutrality

House votes to overturn net neutrality

The House of Representatives voted on Friday to overturn “net neutrality” rules aimed at ensuring an open Internet, setting the stage for a clash with the Senate and President Barack Obama. The House voted 240-179 in favor of a Republican-backed resolution that seeks to block the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The […]

Obama no longer agent of change

Obama no longer agent of change

President Barack Obama, once a fresh faced prophet of hope, now a graying incumbent and the face of America’s painful status quo, is expected to launch his bid for a second term this week. Obama, his political brand battered by a flurry of crises near and far — including an economic meltdown and a third […]

Discrimination against Muslims rampant in U.S.

Discrimination against Muslims rampant in U.S.

Muslims in the United States face ongoing discrimination and violence in actions that threaten basic freedoms in the nation, a US Senate hearing was told Tuesday. The hearing was called to discuss protecting the civil rights of American Muslims, just weeks after another panel hotly debated the threat posed by homegrown Islamists. Democratic Assistant Senate […]

Wind, solar energy becoming cost-effective

Wind, solar energy becoming cost-effective

Clean sources of energy such as wind and solar will be no more expensive than oil and gas projects by the end of the decade, US Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday. President Barack Obama‘s administration has been encouraging companies to invest in green growth, calling it a new source of jobs and fearing that […]

‘Transparent’ Obama declares war on leakers

‘Transparent’ Obama declares war on leakers

Elected on a promise of a more transparent government, President Barack Obama has taken “unprecedented” aim at leakers who divulge classified information to journalists, critics say. “We’ve seen the current president bringing five prosecutions so far… against people for whistleblowing, for leaks of classified information,” said Daniel Ellsberg, famous for his 1971 leak of the […]

Clinton: Kadhafi insiders looking for exit options

Clinton: Kadhafi insiders looking for exit options

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s associates have been reaching out to their contacts worldwide to see how they can “get out of this,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told ABC News Tuesday. “We’ve heard about … people close to him reaching out to people that they know around the world — Africa, the Middle East, […]

Radiation fears prompt US ban of some Japanese food imports

Radiation fears prompt US ban of some Japanese food imports

The United States has announced it was barring some food imports from Japan due to fears of radiation and nuclear contamination in the wake of an earthquake and tsunami disaster. The US Food and Drug Administration said it had placed an import alert on all milk, milk products, fresh vegetables and fruits from certain regions. […]

Coalition claims success in Libya

Coalition claims success in Libya

Coalition strikes have succeeded in crippling the air defenses of Moamer Kadhafi‘s Libyan regime and a no-fly zone is effectively in place over the country, the US military said Sunday. “We judge these strikes have been very effective in significantly degrading the regime air defense capability,” vice-admiral Bill Gortney told a Pentagon briefing. French, American […]