Senate Report on CIA’s Torture Techniques: They Failed

Posted on December 8, 2014

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Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Senator Dianne Feinstein to “consider” the timing of the expected release of a long-awaited report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques. Kerry called Feinstein to discuss the broader implications of the timing of publicly releasing a declassified summary of her committee’s report “because a lot is going on […]

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Women Arrested for Driving Cars in Saudi Arabia

Posted on December 8, 2014

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Two Saudi women detained nearly a week ago for violating the kingdom’s female driving ban were ordered held for 25 more days on Sunday, a relative told The Associated Press. The women, who were arrested Dec. 1 after driving into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates, are supporters of a grassroots campaign launched last […]

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Obama’s Plan to Locate 5 Million Illegal Aliens

Written by Gary North on December 6, 2014

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First, he got some bureaucrat to sign an executive action letting illegal aliens remain in the USA. This is not an Executive Order, so Congress cannot pin the tail on Obama.  Smart. Second, he lets La Raza encourage them to register. Smart. Third, the IRS issues Social Security cards to them. Fourth, they get into […]

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Lame Duck Diplomacy in Afghanistan

Posted on December 6, 2014

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Kabul on Saturday on what is supposed to be his final trip to Afghanistan to help oversee the transition to a more limited troop presence here after the end of the year. Throughout his time as defense secretary, Mr. Hagel pushed for a continuing troop presence after the end […]

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Red Cross Stops Misleading Donors

Posted on December 6, 2014

The American Red Cross regularly touts how responsible it is with donors’ money. “We’re very proud of the fact that 91 cents of every dollar that’s donated goes to our services,” Red Cross CEO Gail McGovern said in a speech in Baltimore last year. “That’s world class, obviously.” McGovern has often repeated that figure, which […]

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Political Futility: Putin Threatens Currency Speculators

Posted on December 5, 2014

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The Russian president says the government knows exactly who is profiting from speculation against the Russian ruble, and that the government and central bank have tools to punish them. “The government knows who these profiteers are. It is time to do something about them,” Vladimir Putin said during his 11th state of the nation address […]

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Chavez’s Legacy: Venezuela Is Almost Bankrupt

Posted on December 5, 2014

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By Wolf Richter OPEC member Venezuela has one of the largest oil and natural gas proven reserves in the world. It’s the 12th largest producer in the world. It’s still one of the top suppliers of crude oil to the US. Oil produces 95% of Venezuela’s export earnings. Oil and gas account for 25% of GDP. […]

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Apple Computer’s Origin — Not in a Garage

Posted on December 5, 2014

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The long believed fact that Apple was made in a garage, is a myth says the co-founder of the tech giant, Steve Wozniak. He reveals that it was in fact made in his HP office. . . . In an interview with the Bloomberg Businessweek, to a question about the legendary garage, Wozniak said, “The […]

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No Pay Raises . . . Again

Posted on December 5, 2014

Wage growth around the world slowed in 2013 to 2.0%, compared to 2.2% in 2012, and has yet to catch up to the pre-crisis rates of about 3.0%, according to the ILO’s Global Wage Report 2014/15  *. Even this modest growth in global wages was driven almost entirely by emerging G20 economies, where wages increased […]

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