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Can a Nation Be Like an Overly Protective Parent?

In a <i>Foreign Affairs</i> piece, "The Calm Before the Storm" (January, February 2015), Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Gregory F. Treverton make the following statement in response to the question of why Lebanon is fairing better than Syria these days:<p>"Prior to its civil war, Syria was exhibiting only …

No Government Shutdown, Senate Passes $1.1T Bill

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill after a 24-hour logjam prompted by opposition to moving nominations. The vote …

As The Planet Warms, A Remote Alaskan Town Shows Just How Unprepared We Are

<i>The remote village of Shishmaref, Alaska, has been experiencing the effects of climate change first-hand. In the last decades, the island's shores have been eroding into the sea, falling off in giant chunks whenever a big storm hits. (Photo: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images)</i><p>It's a Wednesday morning …

Two psychologists' role in CIA torture program comes into focus

In the "Salt Pit," a then-secret<p>CIAprison in Afghanistan, John "Bruce" Jessen watched carefully in late 2002 as five agency officers rushed into a darkened cell and grabbed an Afghan detainee named Gul Rahman.<p>"It was thoroughly planned and rehearsed," Jessen later explained, according to a CIA …

Romanian ex-spy chief acknowledges CIA had ‘black prisons’ in country

Ioan Talpes, who led SIE agency, says Bucharest cooperated but ‘took no interest’ in sites as country was trying to join Nato<p>A top official from Romania has for the first time confirmed that the CIA had “at least” one prison in the country.<p>Ioan Talpes, the former head of the country’s intelligence …

UN climate deal in Peru ends historic North-South split

<b>Unexpectedly, for a city that is in a desert area, rain drizzled from the night-time sky over Lima early on Sunday.</b><p>Just as unexpectedly, the gavel came down on UN climate talks that had almost collapsed because of wide gaps between the positions held by rich and poor nations.<p>So how was the …

Dick Cheney on CIA Interrogations Order: ‘I’d Do It Again in a Minute’

Former Vice President Dick Cheney fiercely defended the CIA’s brutal, post-9/11 interrogation tactics on Sunday, days after the release of a …

Meet the Press

Texas man says he entered N. Korea illegally, slams U.S.

A Texan who illegally slipped into North Korea last month held a news conference there Sunday to slam the United States on human rights issues.<p>Arturo Pierre Martinez, of El Paso, said he entered the country from China but provided few specifics. Martinez, reading from a statement at the People's …

Exclusive: Iran hackers may target U.S. energy, defense firms, FBI warns

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation has warned U.S. businesses to be on the alert for a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation whose targets include defense contractors, energy firms and educational institutions, according to a confidential agency document.<p>A magnifying glass is …

National parks get boost from defense bill

Tucked inside the defense authorization bill that the Senate passed Friday was an unrelated public lands package that's set to bring the biggest expansion to the National Park Service in decades.<p>Despite some conservative opposition—a chorus that skewered the legislation as a pork-barrel land …

Hacked Sony reportedly shuts production

Sony Pictures has abandoned film shoots because hackers have crippled its computer network, The Times of London reported Saturday.<p>The Times, quoting “a source,” said agencies filming for Sony had cancelled shoots because the hacking had left it unable to process payments.<p>Sony did not immediately …

Mark Udall Outlines Secret CIA Torture Review On Senate Floor

Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall outlined a secret internal review conducted by former CIA director Leon Panetta on the chamber floor Wednesday, …

Surveillance

U.S. Closes Bagram Detention Center, Hands Over Last Afghan Prisoners

The U.S. has closed its controversial detention center near Bagram Air Base, leaving it with no prisoners in Afghanistan, after it turned over two Tunisian prisoners mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA interrogation techniques to Afghan authorities, defense officials told …

Senate Democrats Considering A "Coordinated Effort" To Vote Against The Government Funding Bill

The deadline to pass a bill to fund the government is Dec. 11.<p>WASHINGTON — Some senate Democrats are discussing the possibility of a "coordinated effort" to vote against the bill to keep the government open, according to one senator involved in those discussions.<p>Speaking on a call with reporters, …

The New Obama Administration Defense Of Police Militarization: The Boston Bombing

As changes to military-equipment programs stall out in D.C., administration officials are citing the 2013 terrorist attack. The complex case of the Boston Marathon response.<p>WASHINGTON — When Obama administration officials are asked why the administration hasn't sought to stop the military from …

“Basic humanity under assault”: How America’s criminal justice and economic tipping points collided

<b>(AP/David Goldman)</b><p>When people can’t live free of police abuse or earn wages that provide security, here’s what happens to dignity<p>Luke Brinker<p>December 8, 2014 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Again. Just more than a week after a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, opted not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the August …

The Final Goal of the 113th Congress: Keep the Government Open

Lawmakers scrambling to conclude the 113th Congress face a daunting list of unfinished lame-duck business this week, chiefly overcoming strategic and …

NYC braced for more protests over police violence after West Coast clashes

NEW YORK/BERKELEY, Calif. (Reuters) - New York State’s top prosecutor on Monday sought the power to probe all police killings of unarmed civilians in his state, following sometimes violent U.S. protests over two grand juries’ moves to clear officers in the deaths of unarmed black men.<p>The day after …

Someone Intentionally Tried To Gas A Furry Convention Outside Of Chicago

Say what you will about the Furry culture, they don’t deserve to be gassed in their hotels. Someone decided to unleash chlorine gas inside of the Hyatt Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois, sending 19 of the patrons from the Midwest FurFest convention to the hospital. From The Chicago Tribune:<p>First …

Judges rule that UK spying doesn't violate human rights

British spies may be peeking into webcams and modifying internet traffic, but all that is above board -- if you ask the UK's Investigatory Powers Tribunal, anyway. Its judges have ruled that the Government Communications Headquarters' (GCHQ) intelligence gathering practices aren't violating the …

Hong Kong demonstrators turn to strolling for democracy

For decades, pro-democracy demonstrators here have tried marching. And for more than two months now, they have camped outside government headquarters. In recent days, as they face ouster from their encampments, they've begun a new tactic: strolling for democracy.<p>After dusk, throngs of …

Ebola outbreak: West Africa death toll nears 7,000

<b>The number of people killed by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 6,928, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says.</b><p>The toll has increased by over 1,000 since the WHO's last report on Wednesday, but it includes unreported deaths from earlier in the outbreak.<p>Experts say the infection rate …

Darren Wilson, Ferguson Officer Who Shot Michael Brown, Resigns

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, on Saturday resigned from the department, his attorney told NBC News.<p>The shooting death of Brown, 18, on Aug. 9 touched off angry protests in the St. Louis suburb, some of which involved looting and confrontations with …

Justice

Climate change is not just about science – it’s about the future we want to create

Climate scientist Chris Rapley and his co-author of the acclaimed play 2071 explain why the 2015 Paris climate summit cannot be allowed to fail – for all our sakes<p>Next December, 196 nations will meet in Paris to agree a course of action to respond to climate change. They will do so under the …

US warns citizens to stay away from Acapulco resort

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a security message Friday warning U.S. citizens to avoid the Pacific resort of Acapulco because of violence and protests.<p>In yet another blow to a coastal city once favored by U.S. movie stars and jet-setters in the 1950s and '60s, the embassy said its personnel …

Russian military activity around North America increasing, says NORAD commander

The U.S. General commanding NORAD says there has been a marked increase in Russian military activity in and around North America since the crisis in Crimea.<p>"The Russian narrative has picked up in volume and stridency since Ukraine and Crimea," General Charles Jacoby said in an interview with The …

Hillary Clinton lauds Obama's immigration action as a 'historic step' | Fox News

Hillary Rodham Clinton says she supports President Barack Obama's executive actions to protect about 5 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, calling it a "historic step" and urging Congress to pursue a measure approved by the Senate last year.<p>Clinton placed the efforts aimed at changing …

Children 'killed and snatched by Mali rebels'

Suspected al-Qaeda-linked rebels have kidnapped 10 children and killed two others who tried to escape near two towns in Mali, capping a week of violence in the West African country's desert north, a senior Malian military official said.<p>The rebels seized northern Mali in 2012, forcing a French-led …

Police in Tobago investigate murder of German couple on beach

PORT OF SPAIN (Reuters) - Police are investigating the murder of an elderly German couple found hacked to death on a beach near their home in the southern Caribbean island of Tobago on Saturday.<p>Hubertus Keil, 74, and his wife Birgid, 71, had been visiting Tobago, part of the twin island nation of …