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|15 years after the invasion of Iraq, and now largely out of the glare of the media, US and UK oil corporations start to flaunt the spoils of imperial conquest.|
After 15 years of repudiating claims that the invasion of Iraq was only initiated to seize Iraqi resources, large oil corporations fronted by former architects of the war who vacated to the private sector are flagrantly advertising their contracts for exploration and production of Iraqi oil fields to potential investors.
|Watch The State Department Respond As US Ally Turkey Attacks US-Backed Forces In Syria|
Contradiction has become the norm for US foreign policy over the past many years - an observation that is clear to anyone even remotely paying attention. On Tuesday the US State Department spokesperson was asked during the daily press briefing about the obvious contradiction inherent in US ally and NATO member Turkey shelling US-backed Kurdish forces in Afrin - the Kurdish held zone in northwest Syria near the Turkish border.
|FBI Investigating Millions Of "Mishandled" Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation|
The FBI has asked retired Australian policeman-turned investigative journalist, Michael Smith, to provide information he has gathered detailing multiple allegations of the Clinton Foundation receiving tens of millions of mishandled taxpayer funds, according to LifeZette.
|This Is How Drug Lords Make Billions Smuggling Gold To Miami|
Much of the gold used to make the components for your smartphone, or the gold band for your engagement ring, has a secret criminal history that, before a stunning report published by the Miami Herald on Tuesday, wasn’t widely known to the US public.
|100 Victims Testify in Court Over Massive Child Molestation Cover-Up in USA Gymnastics|
Nearly 100 women will read victim impact statements this week, sharing their accounts of the horrific sexual assault they endured when they were young girls, at the hands of Larry Nassar—and in doing so, they are also revealing that USA Gymnastics enabled the predator. “You failed all of us, and for that, I see you in the same category of criminal as I do the criminal standing before us today,” Olivia Cowan said in court on Tuesday, addressing the roles of USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University in allowing Nassar’s abuse to continue for decades.
|CDC Cancels Nuke Talk, Warns About "Widespread" Flue Epidemic|
In late December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that it would conduct a briefing on January 16 regarding the “public health response to a nuclear detonation” over the skies of the United States. Now, the CDC has canceled the nuclear briefing and focused on something much more important: the flu epidemic across the continental United States.
|AP Sources: Whitehouse directed Bannon silence in House interview|
Steve Bannon’s attorney relayed questions, in real time, to the White House during a House Intelligence Committee interview of the former Trump chief strategist, people familiar with the closed-door session told The Associated Press.
|Mother-of-three marathon runner, 40, dies from flu as epidemic forces California hospitals to turn parking lots into makeshift treatment areas|
A mother-of-three marathon runner died of flu just 48 hours after falling ill. Katie Oxley Thomas, 40, of San Jose, California, was a yoga enthusiast and runner before she died earlier this month. Her family told ABC 7 she was taken to the emergency room at Good Samaritan Hospital and her condition declined so quickly that she was moved to intensive care, placed on life support and died that same day - all in the span of 15 hours. According to Adrienne and Walt Oxley, Thomas' parents, she had fallen ill 48 hours before her death. She is one of 42 people younger than 65 to die in California as hospitals in the state become so overcrowded with patients suffering from the flu that giant camp-like tents are being set up in parking lots.
|Former Assistant Stole $1.2 Million Of Wine From Goldman's No. 2|
US District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday indicted the former assistant of Goldman Sachs Group co-President David Solomon, accusing him of stealing more than $1.2 million in rare wine from his boss over the span of about two years, according to Bloomberg.
|Alabama Bill Would Encourage Use of Gold and Silver as Money|
Sen. Tim Melson (R-Florence) introduced Senate Bill 156 (SB156) on Jan. 11. The legislation would exempt the gross proceeds from the sale of gold, silver, platinum, and palladium bullion in the form of bars, ingots or coins from sales and use tax in the state for five years after the date of enactment.
|‘73% foreign born’: DHS terrorism report criticized for excluding domestic US attackers|
The majority of people convicted of international terrorism-related offences in the US since the September 11 attacks have been “foreign-born”, according to a new report by the Department of Homeland Security. The report, part of an executive order that sought to tighten entry criteria into the US, states that 73 percent of 549 people found guilty of international terrorism offences in federal courts were from overseas. And it includes statistics relating to crimes that occurred wholly overseas, even though the report was supposed to be about the US.” US President Donald Trump tweeted the report “shows that nearly 3 in 4 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges are foreign-born.” He said a list of “resources and reforms” have been submitted to Congress, indicating that the US needs to move away from a lottery immigration system to a merit-based one.
|First 'ghost ship' of 2018 washes up in Japan with dead North Koreans|
|Police discovered another wooden ship carrying the corpses of seven men on a beach in Ishikawa prefecture last week. Inside the boat they also found a badge with the likenesses of North Korean leaders Kim Jong Il and Kim Il Sung, along with a cigarette box with Korean letters, officials said.|
|Russian human rights group has offices torched after leader's arrest|
Masked men have torched the offices of a prominent human rights organisation in Ingushetia in southern Russia, days after the head of its operations in neighbouring Chechnya was arrested on hotly disputed drug charges.
|Free Syrian Army groups seek resumption of CIA funding|
Representatives from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) have urged US officials at talks in Washington to resume a suspended CIA program of military aid in order to count Iranian influence in Syria, according to Reuters. “We asked for the resumption of aid and explained the dangers of leaving moderate FSA forces without support.” The delegation also criticised the administration of former President Barak Obama, saying that he had given Iran a “free ride” in Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the decision on Monday, stating that Turkish forces would launch an offensive on the Kurdish-held region of Afrin in response.
|$10 Million in LAPD Electric BMWs Appear Unused Or Misused|
The Los Angeles Police Department made a big deal about going green with a fleet of electric BMWs. But CBSLA reports that some of the vehicles have been discovered sitting in the garage unused and others being driven for personal uses.
|Hospital Pays $55K Ransomware Demand Despite Having Backups|
An Indiana hospital paid a ransom of $55,000 to get rid of ransomware that had infected its systems and was hindering operations last week.
|Iranian oil tanker wreck produces 2 slicks in East China Sea|
An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square kms (42 square miles), the Chinese government said late on Tuesday, as maritime police scour the area for damage, Reuters reports. The large tanker Sanchi sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday, raising worries about damage to the marine ecosystem. Strong winds pushed it away from the Chinese coast, where the incident happened, and into Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
|North and South Korea to unite under one flag for Olympics|
South Korea announced Wednesday the two rivals will appear side-by-side at the February 9th opening ceremony.
|Russia eyeing private military companies market with new legalization bid|
Russian MPs are expected within weeks to submit a new draft law regulating private military companies. The downsizing of the standing armies generated a large pool of people with fighting skills to recruit from while the absence of a bipolar world with its checks and balances opened a larger market for their services. Today, PMCs are paid for services ranging from guarding freighter ships from pirates and catching traffickers at borders to clearing minefield and training troops of more-or-less legitimate authorities with the deep pocket.
|Energy Neutral Drone Swarms Can Spy on You Without Taking a Break|
In following computer science-slash-machine learning research you come across a lot of unintentional dystopias hiding under cover of solutions to largely theoretical problems. Take, for example, a paper published this month in IEEE Communications Magazine by a team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and Koc University describing the Energy Neutral Internet of Drones (enIoD).