Tigers Killed in China to Impress Wealthy Businessmen (Video)

By Michael Allen, Thu, March 27, 2014 Wealthy businessmen and government officials have reportedly killed tigers for entertainment in Zhanjiang, China. Local police found carcasses of tigers and tiger products during a raid this month, according to the government-controlled Nanfang Daily, notes AFP. Local police arrested 15 suspects who allegedly slaughtered at least 10 tigers, but one suspect died when he jumped off a building while trying to escape from authorities, reports ECNS.cn. The local government officials and businessmen reportedly enjoy watching what they call a “visual feast” of tigers being slaughtered, which is illegal in China. A video (below) … Continue reading Tigers Killed in China to Impress Wealthy Businessmen (Video)

Former Church of England Bishop who describes Prince Charles as a ‘loyal friend’ charged with sex offences dating back to 1977

 . Peter Ball is formerly the Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Lewes . Alleged he sexually abused a number of young males between 1977-1992 . Charges include an alleged indecent assault on a boy, aged 12 or 13 . Ball, 82, is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court next month by Jill Reilly A retired Church of England Bishop is due in court over sex offences and misconduct charges, the Crown Prosecution Service said. Peter Ball, formerly the Bishop of Gloucester and Bishop of Lewes, will be prosecuted for historic offences dating back to 1977. They include an … Continue reading Former Church of England Bishop who describes Prince Charles as a ‘loyal friend’ charged with sex offences dating back to 1977

Europe’s economic crisis is getting worse not better, says Caritas report

 Survey shows increase in the number of new poor in seven countries and challenges the official European Union discourse by Helena Smith in Athens Far from being over Europe’s economic crisis is getting worse with disturbing levels of poverty and deprivation being noted among children and youth, says a report compiled by the Catholic charity Caritas. The survey, conducted over the course of the past year, not only challenges the official discourse – that Europe is on the mend – but documents a dramatic poor in the seven EU countries worst hit by the policies of austerity. “We in Brussels … Continue reading Europe’s economic crisis is getting worse not better, says Caritas report

Obama defends US invasion of Iraq

In an effort to muster Washington’s European allies in an “isolation” and sanctions campaign against Russia, US President Barack Obama has defended the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. During a speech in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday, Obama said Washington at least tried to seek approval from the United Nations before it invaded Iraq. The US invasion of Iraq was not sanctioned by the UN and several experts say it violated any standard reading of international law. “America sought to work within the international system,” Obama said, referring to a presentation to the UN in 2003 by then-Secretary of State … Continue reading Obama defends US invasion of Iraq

Double Dip: Doctors Paid to Advise, Promote Drug Companies That Fund Their Research

by Charles Ornstein and Ryann Grochowski Jones Research has been seen as less objectionable than other forms of interactions with drug companies, but 10 percent of researchers have multiple ties among the nine companies ProPublica analyzed. That raises questions about doctors’ impartiality. Pharmaceutical companies pay for the clinical trials that Dr. Yoav Golan conducts on antibiotics at Tufts Medical Center. They also pay him tens of thousands of dollars a year to give speeches and advice on behalf of their drugs. If Golan worked at some teaching hospitals, he would be barred or severely restricted from accepting both research funding … Continue reading Double Dip: Doctors Paid to Advise, Promote Drug Companies That Fund Their Research

How Russia could strangle the US space program

The New Horizons spacecraft atop an Atlas V rocket lifts off Jan. 19, 2006 at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida. (Bruce Weaver/AFP/Getty Images) If you use a cellphone, have a GPS system in your car, or get cash from ATMs, you should be worried. by Jean MacKenzie BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. — Think Russia has no way to put pressure on the United States? Think again. The US relies heavily on Russia to furnish the engines that power rockets that deliver both military and civil payloads into space. This includes GPS systems in cars and cellphones, and even systems that allow … Continue reading How Russia could strangle the US space program

Dutch Nuclear-Arms Base Infiltrated on Eve of Summit

A Dutch air force crewman tows a U.S. F-16 fighter aircraft into a hangar at Volkel air base. Four activists last week broke into the installation, which is believed to hold B-61 nuclear gravity bombs from the United States.(U.S. Air Force photo) By Diane Barnes Protesters infiltrated a nuclear-arms base in the Netherlands last week, days before leaders gathered to discuss atomic security less than 100 miles away. Four members of the group “Disarm” entered the country’s Volkel air base and photographed the exterior of a building possibly used to hold B-61 nuclear gravity bombs from the United States, the … Continue reading Dutch Nuclear-Arms Base Infiltrated on Eve of Summit