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Breaking News: Oil Really is the Main Reason One Country Interferes in another Country’s Civil War

About two-thirds of these wars saw intervention by another country or outside organization—and that the most common reason for this intervention had to do with oil “over and above historical, geographical or ethnic ties.” The research also revealed that the more oil a country had, the more likely a third party would be to enter the conflict   read more

Chinese Firm Moves into Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”

A Chinese company with a history of environmental problems in its home country is building a methanol plant in an area of Louisiana where cancer rates and other health problems are already high because of the activities of U.S. petrochemical companies in the area. The methanol plant would be in St. James Parish, which is 90% African-American, and whose residents say they had no voice in the decision.   read more

Saudi Arabia’s New King, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Has Been Target of Lawsuits by Survivors of 9/11 Attacks

, Lloyd’s of London filed a suit seeking reimbursement from multiple parties, including Salman. In the lawsuit, Salman was identified as an “individual patron” of al-Qaeda and as the leader of the Saudi High Commission for Relief to Bosnia and Herzegovina (SHC). According to the lawsuit, “Under Prince Salman’s leadership, the SHC served as a primary front for supporting al Qaeda’s operations in the Balkans.   read more

Chicago Man Jailed for Acting as High-Priced U.S. Lobbyist for Sanctioned Dictator of Zimbabwe

Turner’s actions, which included organizing Illinois lawmakers to advocate for the sanctions removal, landed him in federal court. He was accused of conspiracy and two counts of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist. He avoided prosecution on the latter charges, but was found guilty of the first.   read more

50 Years of State of the Union Speeches: 66 Nations Ignored, While Others—Like Iraq and Russia—Get All the Attention

It’s probably no surprise that Vanuatu hasn’t come up in any of the speeches. Even some of our North American neighbors have been snubbed: the Bahamas, Belize and Guatemala are still waiting for their big moment. And there are a few countries of strategic importance that have escaped mention. The United Arab Emirates, a huge oil producer; Belgium, home of the European Union; and banking capital Switzerland all have been shut out. But Norway got a shout-out from George W. Bush.   read more

When the President of the U.S. Visits…India Edition

The ITC Maurya hotel, where Obama will be staying, has been taken over by Secret Service personnel and a multi-frequency control room manned by the U.S. officials has been set up. 15,000 CCTVs have also been installed across the capital, and American security personnel will be part of the teams manning the control rooms set up to monitor this footage.   read more

Will the big Winners of Normalization with Cuba be U.S. Diabetic Foot Ulcer Sufferers?

Each year, more than 73,000 diabetics in the U.S. have to have limbs or appendages amputated. Some of these surgeries could be prevented if Heberprot-P, a drug developed and produced in Cuba, is approved by the FDA. Heberprot-P has been around for nine years in Cuba, where it has helped numerous people avoid amputations resulting from diabetic foot ulcers. American researchers hope the U.S. will allow the drug to undergo clinical trials once trade normalization takes effect.   read more

U.S. Government Report Concludes 2014 was Warmest Year Worldwide since Recordkeeping began 135 Years Ago

2014 was the warmest year recorded since 1880, when weather records began to be kept. The average temperature was 0.69 degrees C (1.24° F) warmer than the average 20th century temperature. Had you been hoping for a white Christmas? Chances are, you didn’t have one. No state capital had snow cover on December 25 for only the second time since 1946.   read more

Pope Taps Junipero Serra for Sainthood despite Pesky Complaints of Genocide

Christians laud Serra for his tireless, impassioned efforts to convert Indians to the faith. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1988. Others see the forced, if not brutal, denial of their native faith in a different light. The missions have been likened by critics to religious forced labor camps rather than churches.   read more

U.S. and India to Increase Bilateral Trade to $500 Billion

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States wanted to increase bilateral trade with India to $500 billion a year, a five-fold jump from $97 billion in 2013. He was in India for a two-day visit to set the stage for U.S. President Barack Obama's visit later in the month. This is the first time that a U.S. president has been invited to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.   read more

U.S. Trails Allies in Percentage of Women on Corporate Boards

One thing the U.S. could do is mandate a higher rate for American corporations, which Norway did when it imposed the world’s first gender quota seven years ago. Businesses there must meet a 40% standard. Some other European countries have adopted their own floor for female representation in boardrooms. U.S. companies might even find it to their advantage to have more women on their boards. Studies have shown that companies with more women on their boards do better than those with less.   read more

After 10 Years, Foreign Terror Case against Palestinians comes to Trial in New York

The attacks included a 2002 attack on Hebrew University’s Frank Sinatra cafeteria; a machine-gunning that year on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road; and a 2004 suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem. Lawyers for the PLO have condemned the attacks, which killed dozens and wounded hundreds of others. But they insist the defendants weren’t responsible for the terrorism, and inferred that Hamas and Fatah should be the ones being sued. “The men and women who did this aren’t here,” Mark Rochon told the jury.   read more

U.S. Court Cleared to Rule on Who Owns 1 Million Barrels of Oil from Iraqi Kurdistan

The legal battle over who controls the oil landed in a U.S. court in July, where lawyers for both sides filed competing motions. The following month, Judge Miller dismissed the lawsuit, concluding that U.S. maritime law is inapplicable to the case. Miller then accepted an Iraqi argument that showed U.S. courts do have jurisdiction in the case. Meanwhile, the oil has sat in the tanker United Kalavrvta, which has remained 60 miles off the coast of Galveston.   read more

Cuban Criminals Exploit 1966 Law to Commit Health Care Fraud and other Financial Crimes

Cubans are allowed to enter the United States without visas or background checks and are given permanent resident status after one year and one day. Those from other countries can wait years and even decades for their green cards. That access to the United States has made Cubans the leaders in Medicare fraud. Those born in Cuba represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but commit 41% of Medicare fraud.   read more

Chinese Government Imprisons Brothers of U.S. Journalist

The target of the intimidation is journalist Shohret Hoshur, who works for Radio Free Asia in Washington. Hoshur fled China in 1994 after the government went after him for his reporting. But his continued coverage of events back home has resulted in three of his brothers being imprisoned, according to Hoshur. The harassment of Hoshur’s family began in 2009 when he reported on a Uighur torture victim.   read more

Obama Administration Orders Foreign Fish Importers to Meet U.S. Dolphin and Whale Protection Standards

The U.S. imports about $30 billion worth of seafood annually. Americans eat 5 billion pounds of seafood per year, and about 90% of it is imported from countries that don’t protect marine mammals caught in fishing operators’ nets from being killed. The rule change would impact 122 countries that currently sell fish to American importers. Latin America, India and China are among the biggest of them.   read more
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U.S. and the World

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Breaking News: Oil Really is the Main Reason One Country Interferes in another Country’s Civil War

About two-thirds of these wars saw intervention by another country or outside organization—and that the most common reason for this intervention had to do with oil “over and above historical, geographical or ethnic ties.” The research also revealed that the more oil a country had, the more likely a third party would be to enter the conflict   read more

Chinese Firm Moves into Louisiana’s “Cancer Alley”

A Chinese company with a history of environmental problems in its home country is building a methanol plant in an area of Louisiana where cancer rates and other health problems are already high because of the activities of U.S. petrochemical companies in the area. The methanol plant would be in St. James Parish, which is 90% African-American, and whose residents say they had no voice in the decision.   read more

Saudi Arabia’s New King, Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Has Been Target of Lawsuits by Survivors of 9/11 Attacks

, Lloyd’s of London filed a suit seeking reimbursement from multiple parties, including Salman. In the lawsuit, Salman was identified as an “individual patron” of al-Qaeda and as the leader of the Saudi High Commission for Relief to Bosnia and Herzegovina (SHC). According to the lawsuit, “Under Prince Salman’s leadership, the SHC served as a primary front for supporting al Qaeda’s operations in the Balkans.   read more

Chicago Man Jailed for Acting as High-Priced U.S. Lobbyist for Sanctioned Dictator of Zimbabwe

Turner’s actions, which included organizing Illinois lawmakers to advocate for the sanctions removal, landed him in federal court. He was accused of conspiracy and two counts of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist. He avoided prosecution on the latter charges, but was found guilty of the first.   read more

50 Years of State of the Union Speeches: 66 Nations Ignored, While Others—Like Iraq and Russia—Get All the Attention

It’s probably no surprise that Vanuatu hasn’t come up in any of the speeches. Even some of our North American neighbors have been snubbed: the Bahamas, Belize and Guatemala are still waiting for their big moment. And there are a few countries of strategic importance that have escaped mention. The United Arab Emirates, a huge oil producer; Belgium, home of the European Union; and banking capital Switzerland all have been shut out. But Norway got a shout-out from George W. Bush.   read more

When the President of the U.S. Visits…India Edition

The ITC Maurya hotel, where Obama will be staying, has been taken over by Secret Service personnel and a multi-frequency control room manned by the U.S. officials has been set up. 15,000 CCTVs have also been installed across the capital, and American security personnel will be part of the teams manning the control rooms set up to monitor this footage.   read more

Will the big Winners of Normalization with Cuba be U.S. Diabetic Foot Ulcer Sufferers?

Each year, more than 73,000 diabetics in the U.S. have to have limbs or appendages amputated. Some of these surgeries could be prevented if Heberprot-P, a drug developed and produced in Cuba, is approved by the FDA. Heberprot-P has been around for nine years in Cuba, where it has helped numerous people avoid amputations resulting from diabetic foot ulcers. American researchers hope the U.S. will allow the drug to undergo clinical trials once trade normalization takes effect.   read more

U.S. Government Report Concludes 2014 was Warmest Year Worldwide since Recordkeeping began 135 Years Ago

2014 was the warmest year recorded since 1880, when weather records began to be kept. The average temperature was 0.69 degrees C (1.24° F) warmer than the average 20th century temperature. Had you been hoping for a white Christmas? Chances are, you didn’t have one. No state capital had snow cover on December 25 for only the second time since 1946.   read more

Pope Taps Junipero Serra for Sainthood despite Pesky Complaints of Genocide

Christians laud Serra for his tireless, impassioned efforts to convert Indians to the faith. Pope John Paul II beatified him in 1988. Others see the forced, if not brutal, denial of their native faith in a different light. The missions have been likened by critics to religious forced labor camps rather than churches.   read more

U.S. and India to Increase Bilateral Trade to $500 Billion

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States wanted to increase bilateral trade with India to $500 billion a year, a five-fold jump from $97 billion in 2013. He was in India for a two-day visit to set the stage for U.S. President Barack Obama's visit later in the month. This is the first time that a U.S. president has been invited to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations on January 26.   read more

U.S. Trails Allies in Percentage of Women on Corporate Boards

One thing the U.S. could do is mandate a higher rate for American corporations, which Norway did when it imposed the world’s first gender quota seven years ago. Businesses there must meet a 40% standard. Some other European countries have adopted their own floor for female representation in boardrooms. U.S. companies might even find it to their advantage to have more women on their boards. Studies have shown that companies with more women on their boards do better than those with less.   read more

After 10 Years, Foreign Terror Case against Palestinians comes to Trial in New York

The attacks included a 2002 attack on Hebrew University’s Frank Sinatra cafeteria; a machine-gunning that year on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road; and a 2004 suicide bombing of a bus in Jerusalem. Lawyers for the PLO have condemned the attacks, which killed dozens and wounded hundreds of others. But they insist the defendants weren’t responsible for the terrorism, and inferred that Hamas and Fatah should be the ones being sued. “The men and women who did this aren’t here,” Mark Rochon told the jury.   read more

U.S. Court Cleared to Rule on Who Owns 1 Million Barrels of Oil from Iraqi Kurdistan

The legal battle over who controls the oil landed in a U.S. court in July, where lawyers for both sides filed competing motions. The following month, Judge Miller dismissed the lawsuit, concluding that U.S. maritime law is inapplicable to the case. Miller then accepted an Iraqi argument that showed U.S. courts do have jurisdiction in the case. Meanwhile, the oil has sat in the tanker United Kalavrvta, which has remained 60 miles off the coast of Galveston.   read more

Cuban Criminals Exploit 1966 Law to Commit Health Care Fraud and other Financial Crimes

Cubans are allowed to enter the United States without visas or background checks and are given permanent resident status after one year and one day. Those from other countries can wait years and even decades for their green cards. That access to the United States has made Cubans the leaders in Medicare fraud. Those born in Cuba represent less than 1% of the U.S. population but commit 41% of Medicare fraud.   read more

Chinese Government Imprisons Brothers of U.S. Journalist

The target of the intimidation is journalist Shohret Hoshur, who works for Radio Free Asia in Washington. Hoshur fled China in 1994 after the government went after him for his reporting. But his continued coverage of events back home has resulted in three of his brothers being imprisoned, according to Hoshur. The harassment of Hoshur’s family began in 2009 when he reported on a Uighur torture victim.   read more

Obama Administration Orders Foreign Fish Importers to Meet U.S. Dolphin and Whale Protection Standards

The U.S. imports about $30 billion worth of seafood annually. Americans eat 5 billion pounds of seafood per year, and about 90% of it is imported from countries that don’t protect marine mammals caught in fishing operators’ nets from being killed. The rule change would impact 122 countries that currently sell fish to American importers. Latin America, India and China are among the biggest of them.   read more
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