Department told of lax oversight at firm with $1bn contract to protect US diplomats weeks before Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqis Blackwater private security guards scan Baghdad from their helicopter. Photograph: Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images by Mark Tran A state department investigator warned that the private security firm Blackwater considered itself above the law, just weeks before Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians, it has been reported. According to the New York Times, Jean Richter, who was sent to Iraq to review Blackwater’s operations, warned in a memo dated 31 August 2007 that little oversight of the company, which … Continue reading Blackwater considered itself above the law, US state department was warned
by Nick Simmons I sit down with Professor James Fallon, renowned neuroscientist and author of The Psychopath Inside, to talk about the past, present, and future of psychopathology, the violence of Elliot Rodger, and why these “human predators” might, for better or for worse, be necessary. “Sitting inside now,” says the short, punctuated text message. I read it at the red light on Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights, a block away from the coffee shop where we planned to meet. It is a late, lazy afternoon. The sun is drooling molasses behind the Strip’s low horizon of billboards. I take … Continue reading Interview With the Psychopath
. Hundreds of onlookers watched as the man set himself ablaze on the bridge . He suffered serious burns before being rescued by emergency workers . The action was in protest against changes to Japan’s defence policy . The country wants to be more assertive in international security matters By Steve Hopkins A man set himself on fire at Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku railway station on Sunday in what appears to be a rare violent political protest. The man, who appeared to be in his 50s or 60s, was taken to hospital after suffering serious injuries, said Daiji Kubota, an officer … Continue reading Horror outside busy Tokyo railway station as man calmly sets himself on fire in protest at Japan’s defence policy
Source: Andrej Hunko See also: EU prepares the ground for military use against the citizens The EU creates a legal framework for Europe-wide deployment of police and military units . At the same time, the EU Commission is working intensively on the creation of a single EU police unit as well as an EU public prosecutor (more here ). The use of the “European Gendarmerie Force” (EUROGENDFOR) is made possible by the “solidarity clause” as Heise reported. At the unit, headquartered in Vicenza, Italy, all EU Member States are involved, the Gendarmerien, so police forces with military status are used. … Continue reading The European Union prepares the ‘solidarity clause’ framework for military use against citizens
By Lesley Docksey As if Prime Minister David Cameron hasn’t got enough problems, the promised referendum allowing Scotland to vote on whether people want independence from the rest of the United Kingdom looms ever closer, and some polls show that the gap between the Yes and No camps is closing. It will be a tight race come September. While staying within the UK still leads in the polls, over 50% of people believe an independent Scotland could be successful. One reason for the increasing number of once-independent areas seeking to regain that independence is that people also want to recover … Continue reading Scotland’s Independence from the United Kingdom: What Happens to England?
Michael Smith. Photograph: Australian Associated Press 2GB management cancels guest slot for former 2UE star Michael Smith after comment on Ben Fordham show A Sydney radio presenter has been told he will not be filling in a guest slot on 2GB after he called the prophet Muhammad a paedophile. The former 2UE presenter Michael Smith made the comments on Thursday during his regular guest spot with 2GB host Ben Fordham. Smith was discussing the recent controversy about a talk the Festival of Dangerous Ideas had booked, and later cancelled, with a Muslim activist, titled “Honour killings are morally justified”. He … Continue reading Radio star dropped for calling Prophet Muhammad a paedophile
by Mike Ulanski The following account has been generously contributed by The Prepper Project. When it hit, it wasn’t like the movies, there were no zombies. It wasn’t World War III, and the attack itself was barely visible. The aftermath, however, was far worse than any Hollywood movie could ever portray. A weakened world economy paved the way for what would become known as worst rash of cyber terrorism in the history of the human race. With a crippling national deficit and costly military actions, coupled with a plummeting G.D.P. from the mass exodus of American jobs to foreign markets, … Continue reading Aftermath: What Will Life Look Like When The Lights Go Out?
Upon declaring a caliphate, the Sunni militants proclaimed Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (bottom right) the leader of the world’s Muslims under his new name Caliph Ibrahim. Drawing up an ambitious map of the regions they hope to control within five years (main image) – including Spain and the Balkan states as well as the Middle East and North Africa – ISIS demanded allegiance from Muslims around the world, prompting some, including a group allegedly in the Netherlands (top right), to use social media to show their support. . Sunni militants have announced formation of Islamic state in Middle East . They … Continue reading The ISIS map of the world: Militants outline chilling five-year plan for global domination as they declare formation of caliphate – and change their name to the Islamic State
by Ooi Kee Beng Islam has no centralized controls; any power-hungry despot can use religion as an excus The world is wrestling with a variety of events, all classed under the name of Islam. A storm of social media criticism against the shocking kidnapping by the militant Boko Haram of more than 200 schoolgirls in Chibok, Nigeria, eventually prompted countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Israel and Canada to offer military and intelligence aid to Nigeria. At the same time, a spontaneous and celebrity-led boycott of top hotels in Hollywood owned by the Sultan of Brunei, though … Continue reading Islam: Up for Grabs
By: Rocco Pendola NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Get a load of this visual, courtesy of the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA), via Digital Music News: That’s a breakdown of total music industry revenues. And it’s nothing short of what my headline says … a “collapse” that is “devastating.” No click bait hyperbole here, brother. Just plain fact. And it’s plain fact I’ve been riffing on ever since I started writing on the broad subject, as it particularly relates to Pandora(P) and Internet radio, at TheStreet. We’re seeing it play out as Congress listens to arguments from the various sides … Continue reading The Devastating Collapse of the Music Industry in One Chart