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Keystone pipeline clears State Department review

Keystone pipeline clears State Department review

The long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline cleared a major hurdle Friday as the State Department raised no major environmental objections to the controversial pipeline from Canada through the heart of the U.S. Republicans and some oil- and gas-producing states cheered, but the report further rankled environmentalists already at odds with President Barack Obama. The department […]

A combination of failures led to Benghazi attacks

A combination of failures led to Benghazi attacks

A bipartisan Senate report on the attacks on the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, paints a picture of systemic failure of security for U.S. diplomats overseas that led to the deaths of the ambassador to Libya and three other Americans. The intelligence community didn’t send enough warnings, the State Department didn’t take the warnings it […]

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 […]

Al-Qaida attack looming?

Al-Qaida attack looming?

The United States issued an extraordinary global travel warning to Americans Friday about the threat of an al-Qaida attack and closed down 21 embassies and consulates across the Muslim world for the weekend. The alert was the first of its kind since an announcement preceding the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. This one […]

Snowden in Moscow, America revokes his passport

The former National Security Agency contractor who disclosed a highly classified surveillance program has had his U.S. passport revoked, an official said Sunday. Edward Snowden’s passport was annulled before he left Hong Kong for Russia and while that could complicate his travel plans, the lack of a passport alone could not thwart his plans, the […]

U.S. wastes $200 million on uneeded, unwanted Iraqi cop training

U.S. wastes $200 million on uneeded, unwanted Iraqi cop training

Baghdad said it didn’t need or want U.S. help in training a new police department but that didn’t stop the federal government from blowing through $200 million attempting to train cops who wanted nothing do with with America. The U.S. State Department saw the Iraq Police Development Program as a centerpiece of American efforts to […]

Warning to America: Be prepared to use force against China

Warning to America: Be prepared to use force against China

Then-Australian leader Kevin Rudd told the United States it should be prepared to use force against China “if everything goes wrong”, a US diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks reveals. In wide-ranging talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rudd also described Chinese leaders as “paranoid” about Taiwan and Tibet, and said that his push […]

Student visa abuse a growing danger in America

Student visa abuse a growing danger in America

Lured by unsupervised, third-party brokers with promises of steady jobs and a chance to sightsee, some foreign college students on summer work programs in the U.S. get a far different taste of life in America. An Associated Press investigation found students forced to work in strip clubs instead of restaurants. Others take home $1 an […]

Get ready for the post-WikiLeaks big chill

Get ready for the post-WikiLeaks big chill

After the latest WikiLeaks revelations, the government is setting in motion a new information “big chill,” reversing almost a decade of post-Sept. 11 efforts to nudge U.S. officials into sharing sensitive documents. The Pentagon has detailed new security safeguards, including restraints on small computer flash drives, to make it harder for any one person to […]

U.S. trots out usual lies, threats to Wikileaks

U.S. trots out usual lies, threats to Wikileaks

Afraid of the truth, the administration of President Barack Obama is dusting off the tired and disproven “national security” defense in a last-ditch effort to stop publication of the latest leaks on America‘s failed efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq and threatened the Wikileaks owner with jail if he publishes thousands of pages of classified documents. […]