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HSBC whistle-blower: You have to know how banks work to understand the size of this scandal

In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Falciani said that what he revealed about HSBC was only just the tip of the iceberg.<p>"If you dig down a little bit in how offshore banks and intermediate banking work, you would understand that these things cannot involve just one single bank," …

NGOs

Two House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana

Two congressmen filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending the U.S. government's decadeslong prohibition of the plant.<p>Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, which …

Cannabis

Greece's Economy Is Screwed And Nobody Can Agree On How To Save It

Greece is in a showdown with European leaders over the terms of its huge bailout, which expires on June 30 after already being extended once this year. The country could be forced to leave the euro if no deal is reached.<p>The last bailout involved the European Commission, the European Central Bank, …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Greece reportedly intends to ask for a six-month extension of its loan agreement after rejecting an extension of its full bailout program.<p><b>2.</b> The Syrian government is willing to test a cease-fire in Aleppo, the centre of clashes between pro-government forces and rebels, by suspending aerial …

Death Row

An EU (and NATO) member just bolstered Putin's push to redraw the European gas map

"Our European partners have been informed of this and now their task is to create the necessary gas transport infrastructure from the Greek and Turkish border," Alexei Miller, head of the Russian state oil giant Gazprom, said in a statement.<p>And now Hungary, a European Union (and NATO) member, has …

Russia

Here is the Army's declassified Iraq prison file on the leader of ISIS

The records come from time Baghdadi spent in US Army custody in Iraq. They were released through a Freedom of Information Act request. In these files, Baghdadi was identified by his birth name, Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Al Badry.<p>There have been conflicting reports about the time Baghdadi spent as a US …

Freedom of Information

Why Obama doesn't want to refer to terrorists as Islamic

In a Wednesday speech on violent extremism, Obama argued the US should not "grant these terrorists the religious legitimacy that they seek."<p>"They are not religious leaders, they're terrorists. And we are not at war with Islam. We are at war with people who have perverted Islam," he …

Al-Qaeda

On the “Reform” of Islam

Black, queer, feminist, erased from history: Meet the most important legal scholar you’ve likely never heard of

<b>Pauli Murray (AP)</b><p>Ruth Bader Ginsburg is this Supreme Court’s liberal hero, but her work sits on the shoulders of Dr. Pauli Murray<p>Brittney Cooper<p>February 18, 2015 11:28am (UTC)<p>Ruth Bader Ginsburg has emerged as the liberal hero of a hopelessly right-wing Supreme Court, a ram in the bush for those of …

The World’s Craziest Anti-Women Laws

Women’s advocacy group Equality Now calls out 44 governments for their laws against women.<p>Where in the world can a man abduct a woman, marry her, and …

This is what Republican governance looks like: Bruce Rauner’s frightening agenda

<b>Bruce Rauner (Reuters/Jim Young)</b><p>In radical new budget, Illinois governor proposes drastic spending cuts<p>Luke Brinker<p>February 18, 2015 8:31pm (UTC)<p>Amid depressed turnout and pent-up frustration with the Springfield status quo, Illinois voters last November ousted Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, awarding …

Bruce Rauner

Watch Ed Henry Grill WH Spokesman on Islamic State: ‘Why Did You Not Say 21 Christians Were Killed?’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest was pressed on Wednesday as to why he did not identify the 21 victims of an Islamic State beheading as Coptic Christians, as opposed to just Egyptian citizens.<p>At one point, Earnest said, “I can’t account for that specific line of the statement.” However, he …

Among the Hillary Haters

Can a new, professionalized generation of scandalmongers uncover more dirt on the Clintons—without triggering a backlash?<p>“I don’t hate the Clintons,” says R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr., the founder and longtime editor of <i>The American Spectator</i> and the father of … let’s call it “Clinton disdain.” “I have …

United Nations investigates claim of ISIS organ theft

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> The United Nations is looking into claims that ISIS -- already considered the wealthiest terrorist group on record -- may be harvesting organs from slain civilians and gaining financial benefits by trafficking the body parts, officials said Wednesday.<p>But Britain's ambassador to the …

United Nations

Big blow to Ukraine government

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ukraine's military said Wednesday that 80% of Ukrainian armed forces have now pulled out of a strategic railroad hub that's been the focus of bitter fighting with pro-Russian separatists.<p>The two sides have been battling for weeks for control of Debaltseve, and continued conflict there has …

English soccer fans chanting 'we're racist' block black man from train

Police in Britain and France are searching Wednesday for a group of English soccer fans who blocked a black man from boarding the Paris Metro and chanted: "We're racist, we're racist, and that's the way we like it."<p>The disturbing video was made by a commuter during Tuesday evening rush hour as fans …

Obama Urges Americans to Keep Calm in Fight Against Violent Extremism

Getty Images<p>AFP/Getty Images<p>Getty Images<p>Chris Hondros—Getty Images<p>Karim Sahib—AFP/Getty Images<p>AFP/Getty Images<p>Reuters<p>Anjum Naveed—AP<p>AP<p>U.S. Department …

10 Pieces Of Retro Marital Advice That Have No Place In The Modern Marriage

After getting engaged, couples are generally inundated with a barrage of marital advice. And while it's all delivered with good intentions, sometimes a tip slips in that's questionable at best.<p>That's certainly the case with the retro marriage advice below. We've rounded up some of the best (read: …

Common Sense

German army used broomsticks instead of guns during training

A German battalion assigned to Nato's rapid response force used broomstick handles instead of guns on a joint exercise due to chronic equipment shortages<p><b>German</b> soldiers used broomsticks painted black instead of guns during a joint Nato exercise last year due to severe equipment shortages, it has …

Google warns of US government 'hacking any facility' in the world

Google is boldly opposing an attempt by the US Justice Department to expand federal powers to search and seize digital data, warning that the changes would open the door to US “government hacking of any facility” in the world.<p>In a strongly worded submission to the Washington committee that is …

Surveillance

Nicki Minaj's tour manager stabbed to death

Nicki Minaj‘s tour manager was stabbed to death in Philadelphia on Tuesday night.<p>De’Von Pickett, 29, who worked as the rapper’s road and tour manager, and another member of Minaj’s team were stabbed during an altercation in a bar, reports NBC 10 Philadelphia,<p>The other victim, 27-year-old Eric …