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Marina Portnaya

US funding may ‘open the floodgates’ of arms to undesirable Iraqi & Syrian groups - Amnesty
Amnesty says if the US Congress votes to increase military spending on the operation against the Islamic State, a deluge of weapons could be supplied to forces and armed groups “with terrible human rights records” in Iraq and Syria.

09.12.2014 06:54

Fun today, gun tomorrow: How toy drones could lead to Terminator-style hunting machines
Being killed by remote control is a uniquely scary prospect to most of us. But we are now close to the point where drone technology has become ubiquitous, as it can be used for a variety of purposes by anyone with a bit of money to spend.

02.12.2014 15:22

Walmart employees rally across US for living wage (VIDEO)
Employees and activists are calling on Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to improve wages and other practices, accusing it of “bullying” those who want better work conditions. It is the third year that such protests have taken place on Black Friday.

29.11.2014 02:18

'Totally innocent' unarmed 28yo 'accidentally' shot dead by NYPD police
A rookie NYPD officer “accidentally” shot and killed an unarmed African-American man in a staircase in a New York apartment block. It happened as Ferguson is tensely waiting for a grand jury decision on a police officer who shot Michael Brown.

21.11.2014 18:54

Homage to Catalonia: People defy Madrid casting ballots in symbolic independence vote
High numbers of Catalan voters are determined to take part in the highly-anticipated symbolic poll on Sunday on whether to split from Spain and become an independent country.

09.11.2014 07:36

Catalans gear up for symbolic independence vote Sunday defying Madrid’s ban
Catalans are holding a massive, symbolic regional independence vote this weekend, in defiance of the Spanish government’s ban. The polls look set to draw upward of 1.5 million people, to whom the vote is now about freedom of expression.

08.11.2014 05:52

ISIS beheads British hostage Henning, releases video
A new video has surfaced showing Islamic State militants allegedly beheading UK aid worker Alan Henning, the Associated Press reports.

03.10.2014 20:08

Iran’s Rouhani blames ‘certain intelligence agencies’ for rise of global extremism
The rise of violent extremism around the world is the fault of “certain states” and “intelligence agencies” that have helped to create it and are failing to withstand it, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in an address to the UN General Assembly.

25.09.2014 14:35

Restoring humanity: US-tortured victims of Abu Ghraib gain faces in photo project
A New York-based photographer has put faces to the Iraqi detainees tortured by the US military in Abu Ghraib prison, helping to restore their dignity after humiliation and brutal mistreatment.

20.09.2014 22:35

Blackwater Iraqi chief threatened to kill US govt. inspector - newspaper
A senior official of the notorious private security company Blackwater allegedly threatened to kill a government investigator probing the firm’s Iraqi operation. The US embassy sided with him and forced the inspector to cut the visit short.

30.06.2014 08:01

White House requests $500 million to aid Syrian rebels
The White House on Thursday asked Congress for half-a-billion dollars in aid to go towards opposition fighters in Syria at war with the regime of recently re-elected President Bashar Al-Assad.

26.06.2014 19:44

US business to run ads against Russian sanctions
Two top US business lobbies plan to run newspaper adverts warning that more Russian sanctions risk harming US workers and businesses. The trade associations warn that economic sanctions will translate into huge damages from lost trade with Russia.

25.06.2014 12:22