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In 2008, Pentagon officials launched a social science research program, the Minerva Research Institute. As Nafeez Ahmed reports for AlterNet, the program’s most recent call for research proposals shows that the Pentagon is “increasingly concerned about the risks to social, political and economic stability from resource stress and climate change, and whether they might lead […]
A proposed US-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act presented to Congress on 10 February by Representatives Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Juan Vargas (D-CA) is designed to “counter the BDS movement against Israel and strengthen the US-Israel economic relationship.” Reporting for the Electronic Intifada, Ryvka Barnard and John Hilary analyze how the proposed US-Israel trade bill […]
Less than one quarter of the 119 detainees named in the US Senate Intelligence Committee 2014 report on the CIA’s secret torture program are actually housed at the Guantánamo Bay military prison. Research by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism recognized just 36 individuals originally sent to Guantánamo after CIA interrogations. Of these, 29 remain as of January 2015. […]
The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that local municipalities cannot regulate hydraulic fracking on their own. The decision renders “all aspects” of oil and gas drilling to state oversight. The 4-3 decision involved the case of Munroe Falls, a suburb of Akron, which in 2011 used its local autonomy to oppose a state-granted drilling permit. Cities […]
Corporate media have hailed a deal between the US and India promoting Indian nuclear power as a “breakthrough.” However, members of India’s civil society and some nuclear experts remain disapproving of the agreement. Some critics note that specifics of the deal are still vague and no system is in place to compensate victims in the […]