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Greg Miller February 12, 2020
Swiss Encryption company Crypto AG began working for the US government during World War II. Customers included 120 countries, including US allies that had no clue the company was “secretly owned by the CIA in a highly classified partnership with West German intelligence,” reports Greg Miller for the Washington Post. The purchase was made in 1970 through shell companies. The intelligence agencies...
Julia Conley February 5, 2020
The murder of two activists dedicated to protecting monarch butterflies has turned attention to illegal logging in Mexico. “El Rosario sanctuary provides a home for millions of migrating monarch butterflies each year and draws thousands of tourists annually,” reports Julia Conley for Common Dreams. “But the reserve has also drawn the ire of illegal loggers in Mexico, who are banned from cutting...
Elizabeth G. Kennedy and Alison Parker February 5, 2020
Many immigrants flee abuse, gang recruitment and crime in their homelands, yet no government, UN or nonprofit agency monitors what happens to El Salvadoran immigrants after deportation. Human Rights Watch researched court cases and press reports to document brutal deaths of 138 immigrants deported from the United States to El Salvador since 2013, along with abuse and torture of more than 70...
Joseph Hincks February 3, 2020
The Trump administration released an 80-apage plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The plan would create a Palestinian state with a capital in East Jerusalem and “permit Israel to extend sovereignty over all major settlements blocs in the West Bank, uphold Jerusalem as ‘Israel’s undivided capital,’ and require the Palestinians to concede far more land to Israel than in past proposals,”...
Esther Castillejo, Almin Karamehmedovic and Enjoli Francis January 29, 2020
Germany opened the Auschwitz concentration camp in April 1940, first as a detention center for Polish political prisoners and then as a forced labor and death camp for prisoners deemed hostile to Germany or racially inferior, by far mostly people of Jewish descent. About 1.3 million people died at the Auschwitz-Birkenau complex, the largest of Nazi camps, with gas chambers used for systematic...
January 27, 2020
Case managers for the House of Representatives and the US president’s legal team present evidence on whether or not Donald Trump abused power and obstructed a congressional investigation into blocking military aid for Ukraine in exchange for an announcement into an investigation of a political rival. Trump blocked his staff from testifying, but multiple witnesses report such an exchange was his...
Manzoor Hasan and Jessica Olney • January 24, 2020
Gambia filed a complaint with the International Court of Justice over Myanmar's harsh treatment of Rohingya people, denying the minority group citizenship and launching military attacks on villages that have resulted in the deaths of thousands and displaced more than 700,000 people. Many Rohingya fled to Bangladesh. Bangladesh ended entry for Rohingya in March 2019. The International...