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Student who told Jeb Bush 'Your brother created Isis' speaks out about incident

Jeb Bush,George Bush,US elections 2016,US news,Islamic State,Middle East and North Africa,Iraq,US politics,US foreign policy,Republicans,Nevada,US universities<p>Ivy Ziedrich challenged the likely presidential candidate after he blamed the militant group’s formation on Barack Obama for withdrawing …

The UK government's plan to scrap the Human Rights Act is falling apart

On Thursday David Davis became the latest Conservative MP to express doubts over the plan telling his local paper, the Hull Daily Mail, that pulling out of the Act could for Britain "into conflict with the European court".<p>He said: "I'm afraid we will come into conflict with the European court and I …

Human Rights

FBI had internal concerns over licence plate readers, documents reveal

Agency deployed mass tracking devices across US that could record up to 1,800 license plates a minute, according to internal documents obtained by the ACLU<p>The FBI has deployed surveillance technology that can read car license plates around the country despite its own internal worries about the …

Surveillance

Poland makes payout to alleged victims of CIA renditions

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland is paying a quarter of a million dollars to two terror suspects allegedly tortured by the CIA in a secret facility in …

Human Rights

Rights groups: Police use of body cameras raises privacy concerns

<b>(CNN) —</b> Civil rights and privacy advocates are urging lawmakers and police departments to consider the risks of over-surveillance and profiling of citizens that body cameras pose before using them more widely.<p>A set of guidelines released by civil liberties groups on Friday calls for policymakers …

Justice

Isil 'seizes Iraqi city of Ramadi' as black flag appears on government buildings

Jihadists seize Anbar provincial government compound in Ramadi, which has been contested since last year<p>Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) militants draped their black flag over a government compound in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Friday as the group closed in one of its biggest victories …

Paul Krugman: Jeb Bush’s “vile cowardice” on Iraq typical of GOP’s “fraternity of failure”

<b>Paul Krugman (Reuters/Brendan Mcdermid)</b><p>Admittance is easy — have a long history of getting everything wrong and refusing to admit it<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>May 15, 2015 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has spent the better part of the last week trying desperately to run away …

Why Do Most Galaxies Die? It's A Case Of Strangulation, Scientists Say

Scientists think they may finally be resolving a decades-old cold case as to what is killing galaxies: They're being strangled.<p>Astronomers have long known that galaxies fall into two main categories — those that spawn new stars (like our own Milky Way) and those that don't.<p>One hypothesis is that …

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Long-Range Iris Scanning Is Here

An engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon says he’s invented technology that can identify someone from across the room with the precision of a fingerprint.<p>An officer pulls someone over on the side of the highway. The cop sits in the car a moment, runs the plates—they’re fine—and gets out of the …

Carnegie Mellon University

Senate puts trade bill back on track

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a burst of bipartisanship, the Republican-controlled Senate put President Barack Obama's trade agenda back on course Thursday, …

European Union

George W. Bush And The Iraq War Are Scuppering Jeb Bush's Presidential Campaign

NEW YORK -- Having witnessed the protracted Miliband fratricide, which concluded with Ed’s (political) death last Friday, the US is delighting in its …

Senate under pressure after House votes to end NSA program

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the House's lopsided bipartisan vote to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records, the …

John Bolton to announce decision on presidential bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — The field of Republican presidential contenders might be getting another underdog.<p>Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton will …

Foreign Policy

The vindication of Edward Snowden: How a new court decision cements the whistle-blower’s legacy

<b>(AP)</b><p>The 2nd Circuit’s decision on a key provision of the Patriot Act is a huge deal, expert tells Salon<p>Elias Isquith<p>May 12, 2015 2:45pm (UTC)<p>A few weeks ago, HBO broadcast a roundly celebrated interview between comedian John Oliver and Edward Snowden, the former CIA contractor who became a …

Surveillance

The Strange Case of the Forgotten Gitmo Detainee

Abu Zubaydah was tortured and waterboarded by the CIA—but his troubles really began when his case arrived in a D.C. courtroom.<p>Since being seized in a raid in Pakistan in 2002, Abu Zubaydah has had his life controlled by American officials, first at secret sites where he was tortured, and since 2006 …

Vladimir Putin Defends Notorious Nazi-Soviet Pact

<b>Moscow:</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday defended the infamous pact between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union that agreed to divide up …

The Biggest Legal Mistake Photographers Make

Whether photography is your bread and butter, or something that you’ve started out doing casually with machinations of eventually picking up a few …

The UN is about to put the United States under the microscope

The half-day public debate before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva comes as US authorities launched a civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police department following riots triggered by the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray while in police custody last month.<p>Monday's so-called Universal …

Human Rights

Dark Matter Waves at the Center of Galaxies –“The ‘Operating System’ of the Universe”

Posted on May 10, 2015<p>Is dark matter the "operating system" of the Universe? Tom Broadhurst, an Ikerbasque researcher at the UPV/EHU's Department of …

Germany's Merkel visits Moscow amid crisis in Ukraine

<b>(CNN) —</b> German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Moscow on Sunday to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.<p>Her visit was a conciliatory gesture after she and most other Western leaders boycotted Russian military celebrations on Saturday in protest of Russia's alleged military …

Poland feels sting of betrayal over CIA 'black site'

If there were screams, there was no one around to hear them.<p>When 9/11 mastermind<p>Khalid Shaikh Mohammedand several other terrorism suspects were spirited under cover of winter darkness to this remote northeastern village for interrogation, the few cottages within earshot were empty and the lakes …

Patriot Act In Uncharted Legal Territory As Deadline Approaches

Can Con­gress over­rule a court de­cision without chan­ging a word in the law?<p>That’s the ques­tion that law­makers are wrest­ling with after a …

FDR’s Sorry Domestic Spying Record

The Japanese internment camps comprised the worst blot on Roosevelt’s civil liberties record, but he also approved spying and harassment of other …

South African mercenaries' secret war on Boko Haram

Mercenaries from South Africa have proved quietly decisive in helping the Nigerian military turn around its campaign against Boko Haram, writes Colin Freeman in Abuja<p>With their roots in <b>South Africa</b> apartheid-era security forces, they do not fit the standard image of an army of liberation. But after …

'Terrorism has gone viral': US officials, lawmakers warn of growing jihad-inspired attacks

Top U.S. officials and lawmakers on Sunday intensified concerns about the growing threat of jihad-inspired terror attacks against the United States, after last week’s attempt in Texas and the dire FBI warning that followed.<p>“I think there’s been an uptick in the stream of threats out there,” Texas …

Robert Reich: How to fix the economy — step No. 1

The former secretary of labor on the urgent need to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour<p>Robert Reich<p>May 10, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>A basic moral principle that most Americans agree on is no one who works full time should be in poverty, nor should their family.<p>Yet over time we’ve seen significant growth …

Middle-class

Poll: Opposition forces runoff in Poland's presidential vote

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Nationalist opposition candidate Andrzej Duda made a surprisingly strong showing Sunday in the first round of Poland's …

Europe