Tears for a Dying World

New York Fracking Ban Increases Pressure on President Obama to Protect Public Lands From Fracking Pollution

New York fracking ban has broader implications for America

New York Fracking Ban Increases Pressure on President Obama to Protect Public Lands From Fracking Pollution   ALBANY, N.Y.— After years of public pressure, New York today became the second state to ban hydraulic fracturing because of risks to people and the environment. The announcement from Gov. Andrew Cuomo adds...

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Putin’s news conference: Five things we learned

President Putin reassured Russians that they would weather the difficulties   Russian President Vladimir Putin has been speaking at his end-of-year news conference. Over the course of three hours, he discussed the economy, Ukraine, the opposition – and his love life. Russians are paying more for imported goods because of...

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International Hope and Some Fear in Cuba Amid Thaw With US

The restoration of diplomatic ties between Cuba and the United States unleashed expectations Thursday of even more momentous changes on an island that often seems frozen in a past of classic cars and crumbling Art Deco buildings.   HAVANA — Dec 18, 2014, 5:56 PM ET By PETER ORSI and...

US Cuba relations

Breakthrough in US-Cuba relations

American aid worker Alan Gross (3rd R) disembarks with his wife Judy (4th L) from a US government plane as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland outside Washington on Wednesday in this photo tweeted by US Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ). (Reuters/Courtesy the office of Arizona Senator Jeff Flake/Handout)  ...

FRACKING

Thanks to fracking, US becoming a zombie wasteland

A growing body of evidence shows that people both near and far from oil and gas drilling are exposed to fracking-related air pollution that can cause at least five major types of health impacts   SAN FRANCISCO (December 16, 2014) – A growing body of evidence shows that people both...

Men look at the wreckage of a car following a bomb blast at St Theresa Catholic Church outside the Nigerian capital Abuja in December 2011. | AFP-JIJI

Islamic State group’s influence spreads to African jihadis

Men look at the wreckage of a car following a bomb blast at St Theresa Catholic Church outside the Nigerian capital Abuja in December 2011. | AFP-JIJI   AFP-JIJI WASHINGTON – Its main battlegrounds are far away and its true influence hard to judge, but the Islamic State’s black banner...

Good Old Days

Ukraine’s frozen war brings big changes to global economy

  LONDON – The “day of silence” observed this past week by the Ukrainian Army and its pro-Russian rebel opponents was an event of enormous economic importance for global economics as well as geopolitics. The cease-fire’s success confirmed that the truce in Ukraine, agreed to on Sept. 5, is mostly...

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Terminator: Apocalypse…Drones are Looking For You…

“Drones provide remote-control combat, custom-designed for wars of choice, and they have become the signature weapons of the war on terror.”   “The drone is the ultimate imperial weapon, allowing a superpower almost unlimited reach while keeping its own soldiers far from battle,” writes New York Times reporter James Risen...

Peaceful Western muslims

The cure for depression is jihad.

Among the most chilling developments in the rise of the Islamic State is that so many citizens of Western countries have joined the group’s ranks, becoming suicide bombers and beheading hostages.   Why do hundreds of Muslims, many of them educated and from middle-class backgrounds, leave comfortable Western democracies to...

ISIS Threat Britain by Dirty Uranium Bomb

With a peaceful muslim friend, you don’t need no enemies

British ISIS fanatics have built a dirty bomb and boast of the damage it could inflict on London, Sunday Mirror reports.   The terrorists are said to have made a device using radioactive uranium stolen from Iraq’s Mosul University after seizing control of the city last June. And this week...

EU crumbling

From an Ivory Tower, you can’t see the real world anymore.

The European Union is suffering from a democracy problem: Too many Europeans feel that integration is being forced upon them. What’s worse, they may be right.   New research from a group of economists — Luigi Guiso, Paola Sapienza and Luigi Zingales — paints a grim picture of the European...

Kevin Kelly, photographer, captured the vibrant colors of life in Tokyo

Photos of colorful Tokyo

  Japanese love uniforms; every role has a uniform. Kevin Kelly captured some of the uniforms on the streets and trains, especially the cosplay uniforms in Harajuku, Tokyo. And he found an abundance of colors in Japanese shows on TV, in their vending machines, and at a crazy, over-the-top show...