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Toxic Pesticides Banned in Other Countries Continue to be used in U.S.

Farm chemicals banned by European and Asian countries are still being used, often in large measure, across the U.Ss. At least five pesticides being applied to American farms have been outlawed overseas. Some of the most popular are neonicotinoids, which farmers use widely on corn and soybean crops. Another chemical banned in Europe as well as China is paraquat, which kills weeds and was famously used in marijuana eradication efforts in Mexico. It may also cause Parkinson’s disease.   read more

Why Does New York City Have 33 Times More Homeless People than Tokyo, the World’s Most Populated City?

The numbers are eye opening: Tokyo has 13.4 million residents, but only 1,697 are homeless. Compare that to New York, where there are 56,000 homeless. "Income inequality is a massive and growing problem in the U.S., while Japan has historically had one of the lowest rates of inequality among developed countries,” wrote Scott Keyes. In Japan, government provides more social services to help the homeless than the U.S. does, and families have a strong sense of duty to relatives in need.   read more

Only 12% of Pakistanis Killed by Drones Identified as Militants

Of the 2,379 Pakistani drone fatalities, only 704 could be identified. Of those, only 295 were identified as members of an armed group inside Pakistan. “Almost 30% are not even linked to a specific group,” Jack Serle reported. “Only 84 are identified as members of al Qaeda – less than 4% of the total number of people killed.” These findings “demonstrate the continuing complete lack of transparency surrounding U.S. drone operations,” said Mustafa Qadri.   read more

U.S. Wasted $7.6 Billion to Fight Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan…Which is Now at an All-Time High

“Afghan farmers grew an unprecedented 209,000 hectares of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous peak of 193,000...in 2007," said SIGAR. "With deteriorating security in many parts of rural Afghanistan and low levels of eradication of poppy fields, further increases...are likely in 2014.” The illicit trade was valued at nearly $3 billion last year. Regions that had become “poppy free” as a result of U.S. anti-drug programs have been experiencing a “resurgence in cultivation.”   read more

In a Reversal, Rwanda Screens Air Passengers Arriving from U.S. for Ebola

The government of Rwanda has decided to start screening all visitors arriving from the United States. Rwanda may be reacting to an incident in New Jersey, where two Rwandan exchange students were pulled out of school following fears by staff members and parents that that the two might be carrying the Ebola virus, despite no evidence that they were. In fact, New Jersey is closer to Texas, site of the U.S. outbreak, than Rwanda is to West Africa, more than 2,500 miles away.   read more

Classified Internal CIA Study Shows that Its Covert Arming of Foreign Forces Is Often Ineffective

The CIA review showed that arming foreign forces had “minimal” effect on the outcome of most conflicts. This was especially true when forces fought without American support on the ground. President Obama mentioned the study when asked if the U.S. had acted quickly enough to arm Syrian rebels. “I actually asked the CIA to analyze examples of America financing and supplying arms to an insurgency in a country that actually worked out well,” he said. “And they couldn’t come up with much.”   read more

U.S. Bombing of Afghanistan Hits 2-Year High

Some military observers say the Pentagon may be increasing air support missions to help American ground forces pull out of forward operating bases and prepare to ship home. Other experts say more U.S. bombing attacks may become a regular part of the strategy in Afghanistan to compensate for fewer troops starting next year, when only 12,500 will remain behind to help Afghan security forces handle the brunt of the war against insurgents.   read more

ISIS Uses Ammunition Made in United States

The U.S. is currently spending upwards of a billion dollars attacking Islamic State forces that are using ammunition made in the USA. Conflict Armament Research picked up 1,730 empty cartridges—the part of the ammunition that stays behind when a bullet has left the gun—in northern Iraq and Syria. Of those, 323 were identified as coming from U.S. sources, likely captured from Iraqi forces. Much of it was manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri.   read more

Civilian Casualty Guidelines for U.S. Drone Strikes Not Applied to Bombing in Syria and Iraq

President Obama has decided that as much as he hates civilian casualties in warfare, special protections intended to avoid them won't apply to the air campaign in Syria and Iraq. Reports indicate multiple deaths of civilians. One said missiles killed at least nine people, including five children, in the village of Kafr Deryan, Syria. The administration so far has not confirmed any civilian casualties. But it has admitted deaths and injuries could happen.   read more

U.S. Strategy against ISIS in Syria Relies on Backing “Moderate Rebels”... Who May Not Exist

“You are not going to find this neat, clean, secular rebel group that respects human rights and that is waiting and ready because they don’t exist,” said Aron Lund. “It is a very dirty war and you have to deal with what is on offer.” In the end, the U.S. may be dancing to the tune called by ISIS, just as the George W. Bush Administration took Osama Bin-Laden’s bait and attacked in Afghanistan and Iraq, causing the radicalization of many in the Middle East.   read more

As U.S.-Led Coalition Strikes ISIS, Women Emerge to Fight Against and Die at Hands of Terror Group

Women have left their mark already in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The extremist group executed Samira al-Nuaimy, a female civil rights lawyer. But Major Mariam al-Mansouri, the UAE’s first female fighter pilot, reportedly led her country’s missions as part of a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the ISIS threat in the Middle East.   read more

Seattle to Begin Fining Households and Restaurants for Wasting Food

Seattle’s city council unanimously passed an ordinance last week that mandates fines for those who throw food in the general garbage can instead of in a compost bin. Trash collectors will be empowered to inspect residential cans and if they contain more than 10% food or other compostable items, the owner will find a $1 fine on his or her next utility bill. Apartment owners will get two warnings for their dumpsters, but $50 fines for subsequent offenses.   read more

300,000 U.S. Students Live in Shelters, Motels or on the Street

It is estimated that about 300,000 American children in the 2012-2013 school year were homeless while attending school, according to a new report.   read more

Obama Administration Agrees to Get Rid of Landmines…Except in Korea

The United States has finally agreed with most nations of the world that landmines need to go. But the new policy has a loophole in it the size of the Korean peninsula.   read more

Jury Finds Arab Bank Guilty of Helping Finance Terrorism

In the lawsuit that was originally filed 10 years ago, the 297 plaintiffs cited the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act (pdf), which for the first time was successfully used to hold a financial institution responsible for knowingly supporting terrorism efforts. They claimed Arab Bank supported Hamas by handling transfers and payments for the group. And they did so despite a “high” burden of proof, which entailed proving Hamas was behind 24 suicide attacks.   read more

U.S. Greenhouse Gases back on the Rise; U.S. Still Leads in Per Capita Pollution

The U.S. averaged 16.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere for each individual—a rate that’s far ahead of all other nations. China, the second largest per-capita polluter, averages 7.2 metric tons. The U.S. emission rate had slowed because of increased use of natural gas in power generation, but coal has recently made a bit of a comeback in that role, causing more carbon to flow into the atmosphere.   read more
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U.S. and the World

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Toxic Pesticides Banned in Other Countries Continue to be used in U.S.

Farm chemicals banned by European and Asian countries are still being used, often in large measure, across the U.Ss. At least five pesticides being applied to American farms have been outlawed overseas. Some of the most popular are neonicotinoids, which farmers use widely on corn and soybean crops. Another chemical banned in Europe as well as China is paraquat, which kills weeds and was famously used in marijuana eradication efforts in Mexico. It may also cause Parkinson’s disease.   read more

Why Does New York City Have 33 Times More Homeless People than Tokyo, the World’s Most Populated City?

The numbers are eye opening: Tokyo has 13.4 million residents, but only 1,697 are homeless. Compare that to New York, where there are 56,000 homeless. "Income inequality is a massive and growing problem in the U.S., while Japan has historically had one of the lowest rates of inequality among developed countries,” wrote Scott Keyes. In Japan, government provides more social services to help the homeless than the U.S. does, and families have a strong sense of duty to relatives in need.   read more

Only 12% of Pakistanis Killed by Drones Identified as Militants

Of the 2,379 Pakistani drone fatalities, only 704 could be identified. Of those, only 295 were identified as members of an armed group inside Pakistan. “Almost 30% are not even linked to a specific group,” Jack Serle reported. “Only 84 are identified as members of al Qaeda – less than 4% of the total number of people killed.” These findings “demonstrate the continuing complete lack of transparency surrounding U.S. drone operations,” said Mustafa Qadri.   read more

U.S. Wasted $7.6 Billion to Fight Poppy Cultivation in Afghanistan…Which is Now at an All-Time High

“Afghan farmers grew an unprecedented 209,000 hectares of opium poppy in 2013, surpassing the previous peak of 193,000...in 2007," said SIGAR. "With deteriorating security in many parts of rural Afghanistan and low levels of eradication of poppy fields, further increases...are likely in 2014.” The illicit trade was valued at nearly $3 billion last year. Regions that had become “poppy free” as a result of U.S. anti-drug programs have been experiencing a “resurgence in cultivation.”   read more

In a Reversal, Rwanda Screens Air Passengers Arriving from U.S. for Ebola

The government of Rwanda has decided to start screening all visitors arriving from the United States. Rwanda may be reacting to an incident in New Jersey, where two Rwandan exchange students were pulled out of school following fears by staff members and parents that that the two might be carrying the Ebola virus, despite no evidence that they were. In fact, New Jersey is closer to Texas, site of the U.S. outbreak, than Rwanda is to West Africa, more than 2,500 miles away.   read more

Classified Internal CIA Study Shows that Its Covert Arming of Foreign Forces Is Often Ineffective

The CIA review showed that arming foreign forces had “minimal” effect on the outcome of most conflicts. This was especially true when forces fought without American support on the ground. President Obama mentioned the study when asked if the U.S. had acted quickly enough to arm Syrian rebels. “I actually asked the CIA to analyze examples of America financing and supplying arms to an insurgency in a country that actually worked out well,” he said. “And they couldn’t come up with much.”   read more

U.S. Bombing of Afghanistan Hits 2-Year High

Some military observers say the Pentagon may be increasing air support missions to help American ground forces pull out of forward operating bases and prepare to ship home. Other experts say more U.S. bombing attacks may become a regular part of the strategy in Afghanistan to compensate for fewer troops starting next year, when only 12,500 will remain behind to help Afghan security forces handle the brunt of the war against insurgents.   read more

ISIS Uses Ammunition Made in United States

The U.S. is currently spending upwards of a billion dollars attacking Islamic State forces that are using ammunition made in the USA. Conflict Armament Research picked up 1,730 empty cartridges—the part of the ammunition that stays behind when a bullet has left the gun—in northern Iraq and Syria. Of those, 323 were identified as coming from U.S. sources, likely captured from Iraqi forces. Much of it was manufactured at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Missouri.   read more

Civilian Casualty Guidelines for U.S. Drone Strikes Not Applied to Bombing in Syria and Iraq

President Obama has decided that as much as he hates civilian casualties in warfare, special protections intended to avoid them won't apply to the air campaign in Syria and Iraq. Reports indicate multiple deaths of civilians. One said missiles killed at least nine people, including five children, in the village of Kafr Deryan, Syria. The administration so far has not confirmed any civilian casualties. But it has admitted deaths and injuries could happen.   read more

U.S. Strategy against ISIS in Syria Relies on Backing “Moderate Rebels”... Who May Not Exist

“You are not going to find this neat, clean, secular rebel group that respects human rights and that is waiting and ready because they don’t exist,” said Aron Lund. “It is a very dirty war and you have to deal with what is on offer.” In the end, the U.S. may be dancing to the tune called by ISIS, just as the George W. Bush Administration took Osama Bin-Laden’s bait and attacked in Afghanistan and Iraq, causing the radicalization of many in the Middle East.   read more

As U.S.-Led Coalition Strikes ISIS, Women Emerge to Fight Against and Die at Hands of Terror Group

Women have left their mark already in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The extremist group executed Samira al-Nuaimy, a female civil rights lawyer. But Major Mariam al-Mansouri, the UAE’s first female fighter pilot, reportedly led her country’s missions as part of a U.S.-led coalition to destroy the ISIS threat in the Middle East.   read more

Seattle to Begin Fining Households and Restaurants for Wasting Food

Seattle’s city council unanimously passed an ordinance last week that mandates fines for those who throw food in the general garbage can instead of in a compost bin. Trash collectors will be empowered to inspect residential cans and if they contain more than 10% food or other compostable items, the owner will find a $1 fine on his or her next utility bill. Apartment owners will get two warnings for their dumpsters, but $50 fines for subsequent offenses.   read more

300,000 U.S. Students Live in Shelters, Motels or on the Street

It is estimated that about 300,000 American children in the 2012-2013 school year were homeless while attending school, according to a new report.   read more

Obama Administration Agrees to Get Rid of Landmines…Except in Korea

The United States has finally agreed with most nations of the world that landmines need to go. But the new policy has a loophole in it the size of the Korean peninsula.   read more

Jury Finds Arab Bank Guilty of Helping Finance Terrorism

In the lawsuit that was originally filed 10 years ago, the 297 plaintiffs cited the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act (pdf), which for the first time was successfully used to hold a financial institution responsible for knowingly supporting terrorism efforts. They claimed Arab Bank supported Hamas by handling transfers and payments for the group. And they did so despite a “high” burden of proof, which entailed proving Hamas was behind 24 suicide attacks.   read more

U.S. Greenhouse Gases back on the Rise; U.S. Still Leads in Per Capita Pollution

The U.S. averaged 16.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere for each individual—a rate that’s far ahead of all other nations. China, the second largest per-capita polluter, averages 7.2 metric tons. The U.S. emission rate had slowed because of increased use of natural gas in power generation, but coal has recently made a bit of a comeback in that role, causing more carbon to flow into the atmosphere.   read more
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