Report says U.S. military mistreating Afghan prisoners

Report says U.S. military mistreating Afghan prisoners

The US military is mistreating detainees — and violating its own rules — at a secret prison in Afghanistan, a US think tank said Friday in a report. The 16-page report by the Open Society Foundation said Afghans call the secret site “Tor Jail,” or “Black Jail,” and that consistent accounts from detainees refer to […]

John Boehner: The timebomb who could be Speaker

John Boehner: The timebomb who could be Speaker

Republican Representative John Boehner smokes, enjoys steak and red wine, has been known to lob rhetorical bombs — and could be the sharpest thorn in President Barack Obama‘s side come January. If Republicans retake the House of Representatives in November elections, as many analysts bet they will, Boehner will be the odds-on favorite to replace […]

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

Bandito Obama? Billboard stirs protests

A billboard depicting Barack Obama as an Islamist suicide bomber, a gay and a Mexican bandit has triggered a storm of criticism in a western US city weeks ahead of crucial polls. The colourful poster of the US president — under the ironic slogan “Vote DemocRAT” — is attracting attention from media worldwide and from […]

Road to health care reform riddled with potholes, detours

Road to health care reform riddled with potholes, detours

The road to health care reform in this country is a rocky one that takes many wrong turns and leaves many Americans wondering if they are better or worse off than before President Barack Obama “reformed” insurance for medical care in this country. From The New York Times: Consider what it would be like to […]

Verizon wireless owes $90 million in refunds

Verizon wireless owes $90 million in refunds

US telecom titan Verizon Wireless will pay back up to 90 million dollars to some 15 million cell phone users who were charged for services they did not use, the New York Times said Sunday. In what will be one of the largest refunds to customers of any telecom company, Verizon said it will give […]

Message to a divided America: Islam is not the enemy

Message to a divided America: Islam is not the enemy

President Barack Obama told a deeply polarized America that Islam is not the enemy as somber ceremonies marked an unusually tense ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Moving remembrance ceremonies were held to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed when Al-Qaeda extremists slammed airliners into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside Washington […]

New polls showcase Obama’s freefall

New polls showcase Obama’s freefall

New opinion polls Tuesday made painful reading for President Barack Obama’s Democrats, cementing conventional wisdom that they face a pounding by Republicans in November’s congressional elections. The surveys, published after the traditional campaign kick-off date of the Labor Day weekend, suggest voters have soured on Obama, see him as too liberal and are increasingly pessimistic […]

Obama tries to reverse falling Democratic fortunes

Obama tries to reverse falling Democratic fortunes

President Barack Obama will travel to the Midwestern state of Wisconsin Monday as part of a broad effort to stem ebbing political support over the slowing economic recovery. The president will deliver remarks on the economy at the Milwaukee Laborfest, a labor union gathering, one of many held around the country as America celebrates Labor […]

High unemployment could last a decade

High unemployment could last a decade

The American economy could experience painfully slow growth and stubbornly high unemployment for a decade or longer as a result of the 2007 collapse of the housing market and the economic turmoil that followed, according to an authority on the history of financial crises. That finding, contained in a new paper by Carmen M. Reinhart, […]