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U.S. Government Pursuit of Snowden for Espionage Charges is “Political Persecution” says CEPR’s Mark Weisbrot

ecuador snowden-460Washington, D.C.- Ecuador should grant National Security Agency (NSA) whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s asylum request since it is a case “not of espionage, but whistle-blowing,” Center for Economic and Policy Research Co-Director Mark Weisbrot said today. Weisbrot added that Snowden’s actions had revealed important information regarding illegal activities by the U.S. government that violate the rights of people around the world, and that as long as he is free, he will be able to reveal more government wrongdoing. 



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Edward Snowden: diplomatic storm swirls as whistleblower seeks asylum in Ecuador

Edward Snowdon compositeThe intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden will on Monday attempt to complete an audacious escape to the relative safety of South America after his departure from Hong Kong aggravated already fraught diplomatic relations between the United States and China.

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Malcolm X grandson Malcolm Shabazz dies in Mexico City

Malcolm-ShabazzThe grandson of US political activist Malcolm X has died in Mexico City following a fight in a bar, say Mexican officials.

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Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Moscow

Edward-Snowden-supporters-010The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has flown out of Hong Kong, where he had been in hiding since identifying himself as the source of revelations on US surveillance programmes, despite a US request for his arrest.

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US Olint victims may be eligible for compensation

david-smithTAMPA, Fla., May 8, 2013 , The United States Department of Justice says US Persons who lost money from investments in companies operated by David A. Smith, doing business as Overseas Locket International Corporation ("OLINT"), and related companies may be eligible to receive compensation from the United States Government.

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GCHQ intercepted foreign politicians' communications at G20 summits

Edward Snowdon compositeForeign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.

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US Vice-President Joseph Biden to visit Trinidad and Tobago

joebidenUS Vice-President Joseph Biden yesterday announced that he will visit Trinidad and Tobago during the week of May 26 as part of his travel in the region. 

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Russia Says No-Fly Zone Over Syria Would Be Illegal

Sergey-LavrovRussia's foreign minister on Saturday warned that any effort by the U.S. and its allies to impose a no-fly zone over Syria would violate international law.

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US State Department gives daming sex trafficking, forced labour report on TCI

human-traffickingTCI, May 06, 2013, United States Department of State (State Department) has issued a damning report on the Turks and Caicos Islands in its latest data collection on the trafficking of persons.

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Immigrant Children Less Likely to See a Doctor than the U.S.-Born Even When Insured,

Immigrant Children Less Likely to See a Doctor than the U.S.-Born Even When InsuredWASHINGTON – Low-income immigrant children are less likely than their U.S.-born citizen counterparts to see a doctor even when they are insured. Similarly, immigrant adults are less likely to use emergency rooms than low-income natives, a new Migration Policy Institute (MPI) report that examines health care coverage and usage among immigrants and the U.S. born finds.

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Heroin, cash & plastic bags: America’s mess in Afghanistan

Hamid karzai-1If the lawlessness, poverty, and endemic corruption of Afghanistan are indicative of anything, it is that the multi-billion dollar efforts to restore stability in the region have been an abject failure.

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Israeli Prime Minister Kills Peace Talks

bibinetanyahuTel Aviv, Jun 10 (Prensa Latina) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu killed today any chance to resume peace talks when described the conditions of the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table as insurmountable.

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Obama yet to recognize Maduro as President of Venezuela

obama mexico-apMONTEGO BAY , Jamaica, Sunday May 5, 2013 - Even as heads of Government from the Caribbean and Latin America today gather in the Venezuelan Capital city of Caracas to discuss the future of the Venezuelan PetroCaribe assistance programme, US President Barack Obama remains hard pressed to say whether the United States recognizes Nicolás Maduro as the Bolivarian Republic’s new president.

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Cayman Finance claims Froman funds are legitimate

Michael-Froman(CNS Business): Allegations in the international media regarding Michael Froman’s investments in the Cayman Islands, are both misguided and a mischaracterization of the local hedge fund industry, Cayman Finance said Monday.

The industry body added that it could not discuss the affairs of any individual client but the investments of Froman, President Barack Obama's pick for US trade representative were perfectly legitimate.

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Cuba-based American woman makes FBI most wanted list

asata shakurNews Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. May 3, 2013: The FBI on Thursday named a woman thought to be living in the Caribbean nation of Cuba to its most wanted list for the first time in history – some forty years after she was accused of murdering a New Jersey State Police.

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Our Surveillance Society: What Orwell And Kafka Might Say

Big brother obama77President Obama says he's not Big Brother. The author who created the concept might disagree. Addressing the controversy over widespread government surveillance of telephone records and Internet traffic Friday, Obama said, "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amuck, but when you actually look at the details, then I think we've struck the right balance."

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In a first, black voter turnout rate passes whites

black-voters-obamaWASHINGTON (AP) — America's blacks voted at a higher rate than other minority groups in 2012 and by most measures surpassed the white turnout for the first time, reflecting a deeply polarized presidential election in which blacks strongly supported Barack Obama while many whites stayed home.

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US and Venezuelan officials meet to patch up relations

hallet-wide-460June 6, 2013

CARACAS, Venezuela — After months of tensions between the United States and Venezuela, Secretary of State John Kerry met on Wednesday with the Venezuelan foreign minister, Elías Jaua, in Antigua, Guatemala, and announced the start of talks aimed at improving relations between the two countries.



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Police kill Boston bomb suspect, hunt for second

boston-terror(Boston, USA) - Police killed one of the suspected Boston marathon bombing suspects in a shootout early Friday and pursued a chaotic deadly street-to-street manhunt for his accomplice, officials said.

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In Guantanamo, Have We Created Something We Can't Close?

guantanamo bay 8The crisis at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp keeps growing in size and intensity. According to the military's own count, 100 of the 166 men held in the prison there are now on hunger strike, and the 27 most in danger of dying are being force-fed.

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The Carter Center Calls for Mutual Recognition and Dialogue in Venezuela

Jimmy-CarterATLANTA, Georgia, April 19, 2013 - In the wake of continuing violence following Sunday’s Presidential elections in Venezuela, The Carter Centre has called on Venezuelans to “express their differences peacefully, respecting the legal order and the constitutional rights of all citizens.”

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