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50 Years after Unexploded Hydrogen Bombs Landed on Spanish Village, U.S. Secrecy Plagues Cancer-Stricken Air Force Crew Sent to Clean It Up

It was one of the biggest nuclear accidents in history, and the U.S. wanted it cleaned up quickly and quietly. The Air Force told the men sent to clean up the spilled radioactive material: “Don’t worry.” “There was no talk about radiation...” said Frank Thompson, who spent days searching the contaminated fields. “They told us it was safe, and we were dumb enough, I guess, to believe them.” Thompson now has cancer in his liver, lung and kidney. Yet the Air Force still insists it was safe.   read more

In Wake of U.S. Military Crimes, Thousands of Japanese Call for Removal of U.S. Bases in Biggest Protest in Two Decades

Organizers said 65,000 people had attended the protest. That would make it the largest demonstration since 1995, when two American Marines and a Navy sailor were arrested over the rape of a 12-year-old girl, an episode that shook the tight military alliance between the United States and Japan and is still bitterly remembered by many Okinawans. “Vicious crimes cannot be tolerated,” the governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga, said at the rally.   read more

Pentagon Finds 42% of Afghans Feel Less Secure Now than Before U.S. Invasion

Afghans feel less secure than at any recent time as Afghan battlefield deaths continue to escalate and civilian casualties hit a record high. Afghan civilian casualties in 2015 hit the highest level since the U.N. group began systematic documentation in 2009. "As fighting and suicide attacks have increased in more populated areas, the number of women and children included among the civilian casualties has also increased," the report said.   read more

Judge Derails Texas Effort to Block U.S. Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

The judge said "it is highly improbable that Congress absentmindedly forgot to mention an intended private action" when it created a statutory scheme with express provisions for private enforcement in certain circumstances. Godbey had rejected Texas' motion to block more Syrian refugees. He concluded then the dispute is a political issue that is not up to the states or federal courts. Federal officials argued in January that Texas had failed to prove the refugees are a threat to the public.   read more

Supreme Court Says No to Birthright Citizenship for American Samoans

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a group of American Samoans who say the United States should grant full citizenship to people born in the U.S. territory. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship does not extend to the islands that have been a part of the country since 1900.   read more

Number of Nuclear Warheads Drops, but Arsenals Are Being Modernized

The global number of nuclear warheads dropped last year, though none of the nine nuclear powers showed any signs of giving up their atomic weapons, an arms watchdog said Monday. In an annual report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea, together had about 15,395 nuclear weapons on Jan. 1 this year, down from 15,850 a year earlier.   read more

Outsourcing Victims Begin to Break Their Silence

While corporate executives have been outspoken in defending their labor practices before Congress and the public, the American workers who lost jobs to global outsourcing companies have been largely silent. Until recently. Now some of the workers who were displaced are starting to speak out, despite severance agreements prohibiting them from criticizing their former employers.   read more

Germans Stage Protest at U.S. Base Over Drone Flights

Demonstrators have formed a human chain near a U.S. air base in western Germany to protest against lethal drone strikes. Organizers estimated that about 5,000 people took part in the chain near the Ramstein Air Base on a rainy Saturday, while police put the number at some 2,000.   read more

U.S. Admiral Pleads Guilty in “Fat Leonard” Fraud Case

A Navy admiral on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities investigating a $34 million fraud scheme involving a Malaysian contractor known as “Fat Leonard” — becoming the highest-ranking military official to be taken down in the wide-spanning scandal. Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau, 55, is believed to be the first active-duty naval flag officer to be charged in federal court.   read more

Tensions for U.S. Military in Japan Spike after Sailor’s DUI Crash, Prompting Navy Drinking Ban

The U.S. Navy imposed a drinking ban on its 19,000 personnel in Japan on Monday, ordering them confined to their bases after a sailor who was thought to have been drinking was arrested on the island of Okinawa in connection with a car accident that left two Japanese civilians injured. The accident occurred at a tense time for the U.S. military in Japan. U.S. forces on Okinawa were already under curfew after a Marine veteran was arrested last month in connection with the killing of a local woman.   read more

U.S. Bans Commercial Trade of Ivory Goods in Effort to Stem Slaughter of African Elephants

"Ivory looks best on its original owners. Killing elephants and hacking off their tusks enriches terrorists, robs Africa of one of its great revenue-generators, and denies future generations the opportunity to see these iconic creatures. This is the right policy on so many levels," said Humane Society CEO Wayne. The new rule, to be published on June 6, is also the latest action implementing the President's 2013 Executive Order to combat wildlife trafficking.   read more

Murder Charges Filed Against U.S. Officials by Family of Innocent Pakistani Man Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

His brother describes Azam as an "innocent man" and a father of four who was the family's sole breadwinner. "In our view, both the (officials) who ordered and those who executed the drone strike are responsible for (killing) a man who had nothing to do with terrorism, who was a non-combatant," said Azam's uncle. He said his nephew's death had broken the family, and that as well as caring for his children, Azam was supporting a disabled brother and his mother, who is blind.   read more

Judge Passes Buck on Assigning Blame for Decision to Leave Behind 26 U.S. Citizens during Evacuation from Yemen

Federal courts don't have authority to decide if the government has an obligation to evacuate 26 U.S. citizens stranded in war-torn Yemen, a judge ruled Tuesday. Those citizens sued Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Defense Carter, saying the government ignored them while ordering diplomats and military personnel to flee the war-ravaged country. While the State Dept issued a travel warning and acknowledged danger to Americans, it did nothing to evacuate U.S. citizens, the group claimed.   read more

Big Pharma and Allies in Congress Pressure Colombia to Honor Patent of Costly Cancer Drug

Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria's remarks are the strongest yet in a fight with the world's biggest drugmaker. The Colombian Embassy described intense lobbying pressure on Colombia, a staunch U.S. ally, from the pharma industry and its allies in the U.S. Congress. Gaviria said the pressure shows the forceful steps that big pharma is willing to take to protect its commercial interests. "They're very afraid that Colombia could become an example that spreads across the region," he said.   read more

While U.S. Confronts Painkiller Addiction Epidemic, Drugs’ Absence around World Leaves Many Suffering

Many ill people with a legitimate need for narcotic drugs cannot get them and are suffering and dying in pain. In Russia, India and Mexico, many doctors are reluctant to prescribe these painkillers, fearful of possible prosecution or other legal problems, even if they believe the prescriptions are justified. And in most poor and middle-income countries, these drugs are restricted and often unavailable, even for patients with terminal cancer, AIDS or grievous war wounds.   read more

Senate Proposal Would Allow Video Access to Civilian Courts by Guantánamo Detainees

Detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, could plead guilty to criminal charges in civilian court via remote videoconference under a provision being considered by the Senate that could open a new avenue to whittling down the prison’s remaining population. The Senate Armed Services Committee announced late Thursday that it had included the provision in the annual National Defense Authorization Act.   read more
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50 Years after Unexploded Hydrogen Bombs Landed on Spanish Village, U.S. Secrecy Plagues Cancer-Stricken Air Force Crew Sent to Clean It Up

It was one of the biggest nuclear accidents in history, and the U.S. wanted it cleaned up quickly and quietly. The Air Force told the men sent to clean up the spilled radioactive material: “Don’t worry.” “There was no talk about radiation...” said Frank Thompson, who spent days searching the contaminated fields. “They told us it was safe, and we were dumb enough, I guess, to believe them.” Thompson now has cancer in his liver, lung and kidney. Yet the Air Force still insists it was safe.   read more

In Wake of U.S. Military Crimes, Thousands of Japanese Call for Removal of U.S. Bases in Biggest Protest in Two Decades

Organizers said 65,000 people had attended the protest. That would make it the largest demonstration since 1995, when two American Marines and a Navy sailor were arrested over the rape of a 12-year-old girl, an episode that shook the tight military alliance between the United States and Japan and is still bitterly remembered by many Okinawans. “Vicious crimes cannot be tolerated,” the governor of Okinawa, Takeshi Onaga, said at the rally.   read more

Pentagon Finds 42% of Afghans Feel Less Secure Now than Before U.S. Invasion

Afghans feel less secure than at any recent time as Afghan battlefield deaths continue to escalate and civilian casualties hit a record high. Afghan civilian casualties in 2015 hit the highest level since the U.N. group began systematic documentation in 2009. "As fighting and suicide attacks have increased in more populated areas, the number of women and children included among the civilian casualties has also increased," the report said.   read more

Judge Derails Texas Effort to Block U.S. Resettlement of Syrian Refugees

The judge said "it is highly improbable that Congress absentmindedly forgot to mention an intended private action" when it created a statutory scheme with express provisions for private enforcement in certain circumstances. Godbey had rejected Texas' motion to block more Syrian refugees. He concluded then the dispute is a political issue that is not up to the states or federal courts. Federal officials argued in January that Texas had failed to prove the refugees are a threat to the public.   read more

Supreme Court Says No to Birthright Citizenship for American Samoans

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a group of American Samoans who say the United States should grant full citizenship to people born in the U.S. territory. The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship does not extend to the islands that have been a part of the country since 1900.   read more

Number of Nuclear Warheads Drops, but Arsenals Are Being Modernized

The global number of nuclear warheads dropped last year, though none of the nine nuclear powers showed any signs of giving up their atomic weapons, an arms watchdog said Monday. In an annual report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute said the United States, Russia, Britain, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea, together had about 15,395 nuclear weapons on Jan. 1 this year, down from 15,850 a year earlier.   read more

Outsourcing Victims Begin to Break Their Silence

While corporate executives have been outspoken in defending their labor practices before Congress and the public, the American workers who lost jobs to global outsourcing companies have been largely silent. Until recently. Now some of the workers who were displaced are starting to speak out, despite severance agreements prohibiting them from criticizing their former employers.   read more

Germans Stage Protest at U.S. Base Over Drone Flights

Demonstrators have formed a human chain near a U.S. air base in western Germany to protest against lethal drone strikes. Organizers estimated that about 5,000 people took part in the chain near the Ramstein Air Base on a rainy Saturday, while police put the number at some 2,000.   read more

U.S. Admiral Pleads Guilty in “Fat Leonard” Fraud Case

A Navy admiral on Thursday pleaded guilty to lying to federal authorities investigating a $34 million fraud scheme involving a Malaysian contractor known as “Fat Leonard” — becoming the highest-ranking military official to be taken down in the wide-spanning scandal. Rear Adm. Robert Gilbeau, 55, is believed to be the first active-duty naval flag officer to be charged in federal court.   read more

Tensions for U.S. Military in Japan Spike after Sailor’s DUI Crash, Prompting Navy Drinking Ban

The U.S. Navy imposed a drinking ban on its 19,000 personnel in Japan on Monday, ordering them confined to their bases after a sailor who was thought to have been drinking was arrested on the island of Okinawa in connection with a car accident that left two Japanese civilians injured. The accident occurred at a tense time for the U.S. military in Japan. U.S. forces on Okinawa were already under curfew after a Marine veteran was arrested last month in connection with the killing of a local woman.   read more

U.S. Bans Commercial Trade of Ivory Goods in Effort to Stem Slaughter of African Elephants

"Ivory looks best on its original owners. Killing elephants and hacking off their tusks enriches terrorists, robs Africa of one of its great revenue-generators, and denies future generations the opportunity to see these iconic creatures. This is the right policy on so many levels," said Humane Society CEO Wayne. The new rule, to be published on June 6, is also the latest action implementing the President's 2013 Executive Order to combat wildlife trafficking.   read more

Murder Charges Filed Against U.S. Officials by Family of Innocent Pakistani Man Killed in U.S. Drone Strike

His brother describes Azam as an "innocent man" and a father of four who was the family's sole breadwinner. "In our view, both the (officials) who ordered and those who executed the drone strike are responsible for (killing) a man who had nothing to do with terrorism, who was a non-combatant," said Azam's uncle. He said his nephew's death had broken the family, and that as well as caring for his children, Azam was supporting a disabled brother and his mother, who is blind.   read more

Judge Passes Buck on Assigning Blame for Decision to Leave Behind 26 U.S. Citizens during Evacuation from Yemen

Federal courts don't have authority to decide if the government has an obligation to evacuate 26 U.S. citizens stranded in war-torn Yemen, a judge ruled Tuesday. Those citizens sued Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Defense Carter, saying the government ignored them while ordering diplomats and military personnel to flee the war-ravaged country. While the State Dept issued a travel warning and acknowledged danger to Americans, it did nothing to evacuate U.S. citizens, the group claimed.   read more

Big Pharma and Allies in Congress Pressure Colombia to Honor Patent of Costly Cancer Drug

Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria's remarks are the strongest yet in a fight with the world's biggest drugmaker. The Colombian Embassy described intense lobbying pressure on Colombia, a staunch U.S. ally, from the pharma industry and its allies in the U.S. Congress. Gaviria said the pressure shows the forceful steps that big pharma is willing to take to protect its commercial interests. "They're very afraid that Colombia could become an example that spreads across the region," he said.   read more

While U.S. Confronts Painkiller Addiction Epidemic, Drugs’ Absence around World Leaves Many Suffering

Many ill people with a legitimate need for narcotic drugs cannot get them and are suffering and dying in pain. In Russia, India and Mexico, many doctors are reluctant to prescribe these painkillers, fearful of possible prosecution or other legal problems, even if they believe the prescriptions are justified. And in most poor and middle-income countries, these drugs are restricted and often unavailable, even for patients with terminal cancer, AIDS or grievous war wounds.   read more

Senate Proposal Would Allow Video Access to Civilian Courts by Guantánamo Detainees

Detainees at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, could plead guilty to criminal charges in civilian court via remote videoconference under a provision being considered by the Senate that could open a new avenue to whittling down the prison’s remaining population. The Senate Armed Services Committee announced late Thursday that it had included the provision in the annual National Defense Authorization Act.   read more
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