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U.S. and UK Spy Agencies May be Allowed to Request Online Chat Data and Emails from Media Companies

Talks focused on letting UK agencies, such as MI5, serve orders on U.S. firms demanding data for “live intercepts” in inquiries involving UK citizens. UK agencies might also be able to ask U.S. companies to turn over stored data, such as emails. Rep. Adam Schiff said Congress should monitor any privacy and civil liberties issues, "including making sure these British orders do not cover U.S. persons or individuals within the U.S., do not permit bulk collection, and have due process protections."   read more

Canada Stops Sharing Compromised Spy Information with U.S.

Canada has stopped its electronic spy agency from sharing some data with key international allies after discovering the information mistakenly contained personal details about Canadians, government officials said on Thursday. Ottawa acted after learning that the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) agency had failed to properly disguise metadata - the numbers and time stamps of phone calls but not their content - before passing it on to their international partners.   read more

U.S. Perceived as 16th Least Corrupt Nation; Denmark Tops List, North Korea and Somalia Tie for Worst

TI attributed the overall global improvement to the work of citizen activists fighting corruption in places such as Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Ghana - all countries which were able to improve their ratings in 2015. "Corruption can be beaten if we work together," said TI chairman Jose Ugaz in a statement. "To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough."   read more

Pentagon Admits to Civilian Deaths during Bombing against ISIS Last July

Since the beginning of the campaign, 120 allegations of civilian casualties had been received, 87 of which were deemed not credible. This latest news brings the total number of civilians likely killed to 16. In one case an air strike targeting 16 bridges likely killed a civilian driving a truck with a trailer, said Central Command. In another case, a secondary explosion from a vehicle near the intended target probably killed a civilian. Four others were wounded in strikes in Syria and Iraq.   read more

Japan’s Abe Dangles Voter Incentives in Bid to Support Okinawa Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Moving U.S. Airbase

To help the incumbent's chances at Sunday's poll, Prime Minister Abe's government has dangled prospects of a bigger budget for Okinawa, backing for a Disney resort and aid for impoverished children. Defeat would galvanize resistance to moving the airbase to the less populated Henoko area as agreed with the U.S. two decades ago. The opposition candidate, like Okinawa's governor and many island voters, resents hosting the majority of U.S. troops in Japan and wants the base off Okinawa altogether.   read more

U.S. Marijuana Entrepreneurs Eye Growing Market in Mexico as Pot Liberalization Looms

From medical marijuana growers to pot private equity firms, many weed entrepreneurs see Mexico as a tempting new business opportunity even though cannabis is still illegal and the market is currently controlled by ruthless drug cartels. Daniel Sparks of BioTrackTHC, a U.S.-based marijuana software firm, said that just as bootleggers gave up on illicit moonshine after Prohibition ended in the U.S., Mexico's drug gangs would have little interest in a legal marijuana market.   read more

European Union Wants Guarantees of U.S. Limits on Spying Before Agreeing to Data Transfer Pact

Securing sufficient assurances U.S. spies will not access Europeans' personal data indiscriminately once it is transferred across the Atlantic has been a big sticking point in two years of talks between Brussels and Washington on a new framework for protecting data shifted to the U.S. Revelations two years ago from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of mass U.S. surveillance programs caused a political storm in Europe, leading the European Commission to demand changes to Safe Harbour.   read more

U.S. Top Destination for World’s Migrants during 15-Year Surge in Global Migration

By far, the U.S. is the country with the largest portion of the world's migrants: 47 million. Germany and Russia had about 12 million each, followed by Saudi Arabia (10 million), Britain (9 million) and the United Arab Emirates (8 million). Asia is the biggest regional source of international migrants, with 104 million. Europe contributed 62 million. Migrants made up just 3.3% of the global population in 2015, yet global migration is growing faster than the world's population,   read more

Italy Reduces Sentences of Two Americans Convicted in CIA Rendition Case

President Mattarella reduced Lady's sentence to seven years from nine. He also wiped out the entire penalty — three years — faced by another American convicted in the case, Betnie Medero. They are among 26 Americans convicted in absentia in the kidnapping of Muslim cleric Abu Omar from a Milan street. The palace said Mattarella took into consideration Obama's ending the practice of renditions, which the European Union considers "incompatible with the fundamental principles of a State of law."   read more

U.S. Policy Opposing Israeli Settlements Belies Millions in Tax-Deductible Donations Made by Americans Who Support Them

Blau conducted a year-long investigation into the financing of the settlements. He found 50 pro-Israeli settlement nonprofits aided by U.S. donors had funneled more than $220 million to Jewish communities in the West Bank from 2009 to 2013. The organizations spent the money, much of which was tax-deductible, on everything from air conditioners to supporting the families of convicted Jewish terrorists.   read more

U.S. Ambassador Investigated by Thai Police for His Criticism of a Law That Criminalizes Criticism of the Law

Thailand’s military government is investigating U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies for his criticism of a Thai law that bans criticism of the monarchy. Davies got into trouble for a speech last month highlighting the prison sentences, which can exceed 25 years, that Thais have received for making remarks perceived as criticism of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is revered by Thais.   read more

U.S. Response to Mass Shootings Perplexing to Countries That Passed Laws Curtailing Gun Violence

Residents of Britain and Australia shake their head in disbelief at the U.S., where there seems to be no limit to the carnage before politicians will act to change gun laws. “The people of America want gun control. The gun industry does not. The gun industry is winning.” wrote Guardian Australia's David Marr. Another Australian, Nick Cater of the Menzies Research Centre, a center-right think tank that promotes individual liberty, called America’s gun policy “lunatic.”   read more

World Trade Organization Rules U.S. Cannot Use “Dolphin Safe” Labels for Tuna

Thanks to the import policy and labeling, the number of dolphin deaths related to tuna fishing has gone down 97% since the ban went into effect in 1990. But that successful effort is now being threatened by the WTO, which has ruled for the fourth time in four years that the labeling program is unfair to Mexico. The Mexican government fought the labeling since 2008, resulting in WTO decisions against the U.S. in 2011, 2012 and twice this year.   read more

Which Americans Profit from Southern States Selling their Forests to Europe?

The demand has created business for companies such as Enviva, the so-called pellet giant of the U.S., according to the NRDC report. Other industry leaders include Franklin Pellets, Wood Fuel Developers and Georgia Biomass, which operates the world’s largest pellet factory. “Wood pellet manufacturing in the region is expected to continue skyrocketing, with production estimates as high as 70 million metric tons by 2020,” the report states.   read more

As World Makes Slow Progress in Closing Gender Equality Gap, U.S. Backslides

U.S. ranking in the report was 28th, down eight spots from last year, due to slightly “less perceived wage equality for similar work,” the report states. In some areas, the U.S. fell even further in the rankings. Measured for political equality, it dropped 18 spots to No. 72. “The number of American women in cabinet-level positions dropped to just 26 percent from 32 percent last year, and only 19 percent of congressional positions are held by women,” ThinkProgress noted.   read more

Former U.S. Air Force Drone Operators Say Targeted Killings Fuel Terrorism

The former drone operatives see a link between recent terrorist attacks and the program for which they had worked. “We cannot sit silently by and witness tragedies like the attacks in Paris, knowing the devastating effects the drone program has overseas and at home,” they wrote. The killing of innocents in drone strikes has, they say, served as one of the most “devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”   read more
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U.S. and the World

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U.S. and UK Spy Agencies May be Allowed to Request Online Chat Data and Emails from Media Companies

Talks focused on letting UK agencies, such as MI5, serve orders on U.S. firms demanding data for “live intercepts” in inquiries involving UK citizens. UK agencies might also be able to ask U.S. companies to turn over stored data, such as emails. Rep. Adam Schiff said Congress should monitor any privacy and civil liberties issues, "including making sure these British orders do not cover U.S. persons or individuals within the U.S., do not permit bulk collection, and have due process protections."   read more

Canada Stops Sharing Compromised Spy Information with U.S.

Canada has stopped its electronic spy agency from sharing some data with key international allies after discovering the information mistakenly contained personal details about Canadians, government officials said on Thursday. Ottawa acted after learning that the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) agency had failed to properly disguise metadata - the numbers and time stamps of phone calls but not their content - before passing it on to their international partners.   read more

U.S. Perceived as 16th Least Corrupt Nation; Denmark Tops List, North Korea and Somalia Tie for Worst

TI attributed the overall global improvement to the work of citizen activists fighting corruption in places such as Guatemala, Sri Lanka and Ghana - all countries which were able to improve their ratings in 2015. "Corruption can be beaten if we work together," said TI chairman Jose Ugaz in a statement. "To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough."   read more

Pentagon Admits to Civilian Deaths during Bombing against ISIS Last July

Since the beginning of the campaign, 120 allegations of civilian casualties had been received, 87 of which were deemed not credible. This latest news brings the total number of civilians likely killed to 16. In one case an air strike targeting 16 bridges likely killed a civilian driving a truck with a trailer, said Central Command. In another case, a secondary explosion from a vehicle near the intended target probably killed a civilian. Four others were wounded in strikes in Syria and Iraq.   read more

Japan’s Abe Dangles Voter Incentives in Bid to Support Okinawa Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Moving U.S. Airbase

To help the incumbent's chances at Sunday's poll, Prime Minister Abe's government has dangled prospects of a bigger budget for Okinawa, backing for a Disney resort and aid for impoverished children. Defeat would galvanize resistance to moving the airbase to the less populated Henoko area as agreed with the U.S. two decades ago. The opposition candidate, like Okinawa's governor and many island voters, resents hosting the majority of U.S. troops in Japan and wants the base off Okinawa altogether.   read more

U.S. Marijuana Entrepreneurs Eye Growing Market in Mexico as Pot Liberalization Looms

From medical marijuana growers to pot private equity firms, many weed entrepreneurs see Mexico as a tempting new business opportunity even though cannabis is still illegal and the market is currently controlled by ruthless drug cartels. Daniel Sparks of BioTrackTHC, a U.S.-based marijuana software firm, said that just as bootleggers gave up on illicit moonshine after Prohibition ended in the U.S., Mexico's drug gangs would have little interest in a legal marijuana market.   read more

European Union Wants Guarantees of U.S. Limits on Spying Before Agreeing to Data Transfer Pact

Securing sufficient assurances U.S. spies will not access Europeans' personal data indiscriminately once it is transferred across the Atlantic has been a big sticking point in two years of talks between Brussels and Washington on a new framework for protecting data shifted to the U.S. Revelations two years ago from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of mass U.S. surveillance programs caused a political storm in Europe, leading the European Commission to demand changes to Safe Harbour.   read more

U.S. Top Destination for World’s Migrants during 15-Year Surge in Global Migration

By far, the U.S. is the country with the largest portion of the world's migrants: 47 million. Germany and Russia had about 12 million each, followed by Saudi Arabia (10 million), Britain (9 million) and the United Arab Emirates (8 million). Asia is the biggest regional source of international migrants, with 104 million. Europe contributed 62 million. Migrants made up just 3.3% of the global population in 2015, yet global migration is growing faster than the world's population,   read more

Italy Reduces Sentences of Two Americans Convicted in CIA Rendition Case

President Mattarella reduced Lady's sentence to seven years from nine. He also wiped out the entire penalty — three years — faced by another American convicted in the case, Betnie Medero. They are among 26 Americans convicted in absentia in the kidnapping of Muslim cleric Abu Omar from a Milan street. The palace said Mattarella took into consideration Obama's ending the practice of renditions, which the European Union considers "incompatible with the fundamental principles of a State of law."   read more

U.S. Policy Opposing Israeli Settlements Belies Millions in Tax-Deductible Donations Made by Americans Who Support Them

Blau conducted a year-long investigation into the financing of the settlements. He found 50 pro-Israeli settlement nonprofits aided by U.S. donors had funneled more than $220 million to Jewish communities in the West Bank from 2009 to 2013. The organizations spent the money, much of which was tax-deductible, on everything from air conditioners to supporting the families of convicted Jewish terrorists.   read more

U.S. Ambassador Investigated by Thai Police for His Criticism of a Law That Criminalizes Criticism of the Law

Thailand’s military government is investigating U.S. Ambassador Glyn Davies for his criticism of a Thai law that bans criticism of the monarchy. Davies got into trouble for a speech last month highlighting the prison sentences, which can exceed 25 years, that Thais have received for making remarks perceived as criticism of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who is revered by Thais.   read more

U.S. Response to Mass Shootings Perplexing to Countries That Passed Laws Curtailing Gun Violence

Residents of Britain and Australia shake their head in disbelief at the U.S., where there seems to be no limit to the carnage before politicians will act to change gun laws. “The people of America want gun control. The gun industry does not. The gun industry is winning.” wrote Guardian Australia's David Marr. Another Australian, Nick Cater of the Menzies Research Centre, a center-right think tank that promotes individual liberty, called America’s gun policy “lunatic.”   read more

World Trade Organization Rules U.S. Cannot Use “Dolphin Safe” Labels for Tuna

Thanks to the import policy and labeling, the number of dolphin deaths related to tuna fishing has gone down 97% since the ban went into effect in 1990. But that successful effort is now being threatened by the WTO, which has ruled for the fourth time in four years that the labeling program is unfair to Mexico. The Mexican government fought the labeling since 2008, resulting in WTO decisions against the U.S. in 2011, 2012 and twice this year.   read more

Which Americans Profit from Southern States Selling their Forests to Europe?

The demand has created business for companies such as Enviva, the so-called pellet giant of the U.S., according to the NRDC report. Other industry leaders include Franklin Pellets, Wood Fuel Developers and Georgia Biomass, which operates the world’s largest pellet factory. “Wood pellet manufacturing in the region is expected to continue skyrocketing, with production estimates as high as 70 million metric tons by 2020,” the report states.   read more

As World Makes Slow Progress in Closing Gender Equality Gap, U.S. Backslides

U.S. ranking in the report was 28th, down eight spots from last year, due to slightly “less perceived wage equality for similar work,” the report states. In some areas, the U.S. fell even further in the rankings. Measured for political equality, it dropped 18 spots to No. 72. “The number of American women in cabinet-level positions dropped to just 26 percent from 32 percent last year, and only 19 percent of congressional positions are held by women,” ThinkProgress noted.   read more

Former U.S. Air Force Drone Operators Say Targeted Killings Fuel Terrorism

The former drone operatives see a link between recent terrorist attacks and the program for which they had worked. “We cannot sit silently by and witness tragedies like the attacks in Paris, knowing the devastating effects the drone program has overseas and at home,” they wrote. The killing of innocents in drone strikes has, they say, served as one of the most “devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.”   read more
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