Benji Brandt

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How the War on Terror Has Militarized the Police

Over the past 10 years, law enforcement officials have begun to look and act more and more like soldiers. Here's why we should be alarmed.<p>At around 9:00 a.m. on May 5, 2011, officers with the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff's Department's Special Weapons and Tactics (S.W.A.T.) team surrounded the …

Feinstein and Rogers say terrorism threat to US is increasing

The terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans are not as safe as they were a year or two ago, the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees said on Sunday.<p>Senator Dianne Feinstein and Representative Mike Rogers appeared together on CNN's State of the …

UK terror law watchdog calls for end to detention at borders without suspicion

Britain's anti-terror law watchdog has said police should no longer be able to detain people at the UK's borders without any suspicion of wrongdoing, following the detention of David Miranda in August.<p>Theresa May, the home secretary, will come under pressure to change the law after David Anderson …

Terrorism offences 'may have been committed' over Miranda material

It appears "possible that some people may have committed offences" Scotland Yard's head of counter-terrorism told MPs when she updated them on the state of the investigation into the material seized from David Miranda in August.<p>Assistant commissioner Cressida Dick also said that the Metropolitan …

Suicide attacks rock Niger

Suicide bombers have launched simultaneous attacks on military and mining targets in Niger, prompting renewed fears that attacks by al-Qaida-linked jihadists could spill across borders in West Africa's Sahara desert.<p>Cars packed with explosives were detonated at the same time almost 100 miles apart, …

Suicide bombing targets Iraq mosque

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a Shia mosque in northern Baghdad, killing at least 14 people during evening prayers, sources say.<p>A further 25 people were wounded in the attack, which took place in the Sab al-Bor district on Saturday.<p>The attack follows others on the same day in which at …

Sacre Bleu! The U.S. Economy Is Turning European

The U.S. economy is getting as bad as Europe at bouncing back from recessions and generating jobs, and a decrease in societal trust may be a big …

What Is The Current State Of The Eurozone Debt Crisis?

Not out of the woods yet, but there is light dappling through the trees. The game changer was the European Central Bank’s move of a year ago, when they announced that they stand ready to buy government bonds of countries under pressure. Those who thought the ECB was not a “true” central bank were …

Yet another sign that European monetary policy no longer works

The European Central Bank cut interest rates from 0.75% to 0.50% yesterday, a long overdue attempt to loosen credit in a recession that has seized peripheral Europe and is seeping into the euro zone’s strongest economies. Although big companies may be able to borrow money, small- and medium-sized …

Slumping car sales underline fragility of eurozone economy

Slumping car sales across the EU in August have underlined the fragility of the eurozone economy, with the cumulative figures for the year to date at a record low.<p>The UK remained the only major European market to record more new passenger car registrations in 2013 than last year, with 10.9% more …

4 Charts That Explain Why the Post-Recession Eurozone Is Still in Trouble

On Wednesday, Eurostat statistics showing that the eurozone economy has finally exited its 18-month recession, growing by o.3 percent in the second …

Take care: better economic weather does not end the eurozone storm

Many of Europe's leaders will have hit the sun loungers for their customary August break by the time last week's GDP data was published, but news that the eurozone had emerged from recession must have perked up the holiday mood no end.<p>A strong performance by Germany helped to deliver 0.3% growth …

Goldman Sachs: Signs of 'a slow recovery' in the eurozone

Huw Pill, Goldman Sachs' chief European economist says signs of growth are there in the eurozone but more must be done than just treating the symptoms of its underlying problems.<p>Second quarter GDP figures for Eurozone countries "point to growth for the first time in the best part of 18 months", …

Figures show rise in labour migration from crisis-hit eurozone nations

There have been increases of up to 50% in migration to Britain from Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal, according to official figures from the Department for Work and Pensions.<p>The new data shows little evidence, however, of any surge in Romanians or Bulgarians arriving in advance of the end-of-year …

Eurozone collapse has been avoided but a hard landing is still possible

The eurozone crisis is over, or so we are being told. But can a couple of quarters of economic growth support claims of recovery?<p>There is no doubt that the outlook for Europe has brightened since early 2012. Ten eurozone countries had just been downgraded by the ratings agency Standard & Poor's. …