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Restaurant manager beat black employee for years and forced him to work without pay

<b>(CNN) —</b> For years, John Christopher Smith suffered in silence as his manager at a South Carolina restaurant physically abused him and forced him to work over 100 hours a week without pay, federal officials say.<p>Bobby Paul Edwards, 53, used violence, threats and intimidation on the African-American …

Forced Labor

What does the Jewish 'nation-state' bill mean for Israel?

If Israel is declared the Nation-State of the Jewish people, will the state be governed by Jewish laws?<p>><br>• ><p>David Ben Gurion at the center as the state …

The US dropped more than 26,000 bombs in 2016 — here is where they went

For a nation that isn't officially at war against another nation, the United States dropped an awful lot of bombs on a pretty large number of countries last year, according to research by Micah Zenko, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, and research associate Jennifer …

How America's "war on terror" was (unwittingly) designed to last forever

"We've created in the war on terror a perpetual motion machine." —Mark Danner, author of Spiral<p><i>“We cannot use force everywhere that a radical ideology takes root; and in the absence of a strategy that reduces the wellspring of extremism, a perpetual war</i> <i>—</i> <i>through drones or Special Forces or troop</i> …

Geopolitics

‘Gut-wrenching’: Emotional John Kerry first U.S. secretary of state to visit Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA, Japan — An emotional John Kerry said Hiroshima’s horrible history should teach humanity to avoid conflict and strive to eradicate nuclear …

A spat over John Kerry's comments exposes political tensions over the future of Afghanistan

Kerry's comments followed U.S. concern at mounting political tension in Kabul, where opposition groups have been pressing for a constitutional loya jirga, or special assembly, to decide the future of the government later this year.<p>Fazel Hadi Muslimyar, speaker of the Senate, branded Kerry's …

U.S. Navy Officer Lt. Cmdr. Edward Lin Accused of Espionage

A U.S. Navy officer has been charged with supplying a foreign nation with state secrets relating to America's national security.<p>The Navy charge sheet that details the spying allegations has been heavily redacted, blacking out the suspect's identity and other details.<p>But U.S. officials, speaking on …

Rethinking diplomacy: Here's an index that'll help you make sense of international relations

If the words 'diplomacy' or 'international relations' mean anything to you, you'll want to check out the Global Diplomacy Index (GDI) published on …

Saudi Arabia's New Ambassador To The U.S. Makes His First Pitch

His effort to promote the kingdom's anti-terror fight comes amid growing criticism of the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.<p>WASHINGTON -- Prince Abdullah bin Faisal bin Turki Al Saud, Saudi Arabia's new ambassador in Washington, used his first message to the American people to rebut criticism of the …

Israel's Netanyahu declines offer to meet with Obama: White House | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined an offer to meet U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House later this month and canceled his trip to Washington, the White House said on Monday.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet …

The Ayaan Hirsi Ali problem: why do anti-Islam Muslims keep getting promoted as "experts"?

A 2011 Air Force Research Laboratory white paper has been widely and rightly criticized in recent weeks for making a number of offensive and unsubstantiated claims about Islam, including that wearing hijab — the Islamic headscarf — is a form of "passive terrorism."<p>The article, titled "A Strategic …

Poverty Inc.: Finally A Film Exposes A Deeply Flawed Industry

Filmmakers love an industry exposé: <i>Gasland</i>; <i>Super Size Me</i>; <i>Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room</i>; <i>Inside Job</i>; <i>Capitalism: A Love Story.</i> The list of “independent” filmmakers who attack a particular industry — or sometimes all industries — is a long one. But (I ask, exposé-like) are they truly …

Anonymous Declares Cyber War on ISIS. Why It Matters

After claiming responsibility for the Paris terrorist attacks last week, ISIS has a new foe.<p>Hacker collective Anonymous posted a video Saturday on …

Fighting ISIS in Syria and Iraq may be accelerating its attacks around the world

The Friday-night attacks in Paris, in which terrorists killed 129 people and injured hundreds more as they took hostages, detonated suicide vests, and shot people across the city, could have been a move to distract from the losses ISIS (also known as the Islamic State) has taken in its core base of …

Washington threatened as next target in video purportedly released by Islamic State

Washington was among the potential targets of future attacks cited in a video released Monday purportedly by Islamic State that warned of more strikes to follow last week's violence in Paris.<p>Among the images were those of numerous fighters said to be from Islamic State, vowing to strike again. The …

Paris Attacks

UN Security Council says it’s immediately drafting Syria ceasefire plan

Britain says the United Nations Security Council says it is going to immediately draw up a council resolution for a U.N.-administered cease fire enforcement mechanism in Syria.<p>That follows Saturday's meeting in Vienna at which foreign ministers of nearly 20 countries agreed to an ambitious but …

Online petitions against fast-tracking asylum seekers’ bids to relocate to Canada gaining steam as Justin Trudeau is faced with security concerns<p>Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has faced calls to delay bringing in 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year due to security concerns …

Paris Attacks

World Bank: Palestinian economy worsens for third year

JERUSALEM (AP) — The World Bank says the Palestinian economy has worsened for a third consecutive year.<p>In a report released Monday, the World Bank …

Zuma blames world leaders for 'man made' refugee crisis in Europe

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New …

Four Million Muslims Killed in US-NATO Wars: Should We Call It Genocide? | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

Image: Afghan villagers sit near the bodies of children who they said were killed during a NATO air strike in the Kunar province of Afghanistan. …

Saudi Arabia Weaponizes Humanitarian Aid In Yemen

A Yemeni man looks at a World Food Program ship at the port of Aden, Yemen, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The WFP ship carrying badly needed aid arrived in …

Incredulous UN Bans Criticism of Islam

<i>The Human Rights Council at the United Nations has now banned any criticism regarding Sharia Law and human rights in the Islamic World</i><p>According to …

Ayatollah publishes book calling to wipe out Israel, give Iran full reign in the Middle East

The "supreme leader" talks of his apartheid plan against Israeli Jews, Iranian ploys against Israel and discusses that the Holocaust didn't happen, …

Khamenei's Inflammatory Statements, Who Can Constrain Iran? The Muslim World

In the past couple of weeks, Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, felt the urge to reassert and strongly articulate the Islamic Republic's policies towards its Arab neighbors and the United States.<p>After announcing his support for the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and the six …

Israel considers leaving UN Human Rights Council over war crimes allegations

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly considering cutting ties with the UN Human Rights Council after a report alleged that Israel …

UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on 2014 Gaza war

United Nations body calls on Israel, Palestinians to prosecute Gaza war crimes.<p>><br>• ><br>• ><p>Overview of the UN Human Rights Council during a debate at the …

Analysis: Making sense of Germany’s vote against Israel in the UN Human Rights Council

While Germany and Israel mark 50 years of cooperation, Germany’s readiness to participate in anti-Israel demonization taking place in the UN and …

Turkey agrees plan for 'Isis-free zone' along Syrian border

Turkey and the US have agreed on the outlines of a plan to drive Islamic State out of a strip of land along the Turkish-Syrian border, according to reports, in a landmark deal that will draw Turkey further into Syria’s civil war and looks likely to increase the intensity of the US air war against …

Middle East

In getting to know her relatives, <b>Maryam Abolfazli</b> senses a shift in attitude, even among the staunchest supporters of the Islamic republic<p>In 2003, I went to Iran for the first and, so far, only time. I’d waited years to go with my mother since she hadn’t been back since the revolution, but then …

South Asia