Philippines President Brags About Killing 32 People in One Night

Source:  AntiMedia/Darius Shahtahmasebi This week, police in the Philippines killed 32 people in one night in a series of drug raids near Manila, the Guardian reported. The recent spate of deaths between Monday and Tuesday came only hours before President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill human rights groups that get in the way of his brutal war on drugs. Read more »

Congo landslide death toll likely to rise over 200 – Ituri vice governor

Source:  Reuters Many parts of west and central Africa are vulnerable to landslides because land is heavily deforested and communities crowd into steep hillsides DAKAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) – A landslide in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice Read more »

Bait and switch: Anchovies eat plastic because it smells like prey

Source: The Conversation/Matthew Savoca As you bite down into a delicious piece of fish, you probably don’t think about what the fish itself ate – but perhaps you should. Over 50 species of fish have been found to consume plastic trash at sea. This is bad news, not only for fish but potentially for humans Read more »

Blackwater Founder’s Disturbing Plan To Privatize Afghanistan War Gains Ground

Source: Johnson As President Donald Trump vents his frustration with the United States’ “losing” strategy in Afghanistan, the “notorious mercenary” and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has seized the moment to offer his favored alternative: privatize the war. According to a report by Katrina Manson of the Financial Times on Monday, Prince has drafted a proposal—dated August 2017—that would hand the longest war Read more »

Cash is falling out of fashion – will it disappear forever?

Source:  The Conversation/Bhaskar Chakravorti On June 27, the ATM turned 50. Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker once described it as the “only useful innovation in banking.” But today, the cash that ATMs dispense may be on the endangered list. Cash is being displaced in so many ways that it’s hard to keep track. There Read more »

Egypt raises water and sewerage bills as part of IMF reforms

Egypt is taking steps to reform its economy to help meet the terms of the $12bn IMF bailout loan agreed last year Source: Middle East Eye   The Egyptian government has increased the prices of drinking water and sewerage fees up to 50 percent as part of an extensive economic reforms programme aimed at closing Read more »

What is the Shia-Sunni divide?

Source:  The Conversation Tensions between Sunnis and Shias have been flaring up, with several incidents of violence reported in recent months: recently a suicide bomber killed at least 29 people when he blew himself up at the largest Shiite Muslim mosque in Afghanistan’s Herat province on Tuesday, August 1. Earlier in June, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for two Read more »

Tensions Rise as Russia Retaliates Against New Sanctions Bill

Kremlin opted not to wait for Trump’s approval of bill before announcing expulsion of U.S. Embassy staff Source:  Common Dreams/Julia Conley Members of the U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia will be expelled in the coming weeks, following order on Friday by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The move was made in response to a new economic Read more »

CIA Gives More Power to Spies to Bolster Intelligence Operations

Pompeo: China, not Russia, poses greatest long-term threat Source:  freebeacon/Bill Gertz The Central Intelligence Agency under President Trump is giving more authority to field operatives and cutting excessive bureaucracy in a bid to boost intelligence operations, CIA Director Mike Pompeo says. In his first news interview since taking charge of the agency in January, Pompeo Read more »

Media Ignores Russian Land Grab While Harping on Russian Conspiracy Theories

Source:  AntiMedia While much of the world focuses on the latest revelation that Donald Trump held a second “undisclosed” meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a dinner arranged for all G20 heads of state — as well as the latest bombshell that Trump’s son met with a Kremlin-connected lawyer to attain damaging information on Hillary Clinton Read more »