The oil deal, the disgraced former minister, and $800m paid via a UK bank

Britain’s commitment to tackling high-end money laundering through the City of London is under serious scrutiny after it emerged that regulators appear to have waved through an $800m bank transfer to a convicted criminal as the proceeds from one of the most corrupt deals in the history of the oil industry. A joint investigation by [...]

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Pesticides in food to reduced fertility in women

Fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy pregnancy diet, providing vitamins and fiber. Yet some might also come with pesticide residues. Among women undergoing infertility treatment in the United States, consuming more fruits and vegetables with high amounts of pesticide residue was associated with a lower chance of pregnancy and a higher [...]

CIA contractors settle ACLU torture lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has announced a settlement in Salim v. Mitchell, the lawsuit brought on behalf of three victims of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) torture against the two private contractors, psychologists James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen, who designed and implemented the CIA’s torture program in 2002. The settlement terms are confidential. [...]

The U.S. Spy Hub in the Heart of Australia

A short drive south of Alice Springs, the second largest population center in Australia’s Northern Territory, there is a high-security compound, code-named “RAINFALL.” The remote base, in the heart of the country’s barren outback, is one of the most important covert surveillance sites in the eastern hemisphere. Hundreds of Australian and American employees come and [...]

Capital is making the city and it’s making it in its own image

David Harvey talking: The right to the city argument was partly connected to the fact that a right to the city movement developed in the United States. It was me and others like Peter Marcuse who were getting into dialogue with those social movements. What they were recognising was that their individual concerns – whether [...]

US Aid to Israel Is ‘Too Much’ Say 61.9% of Americans

A majority Americans say US foreign aid to Israel is excessive – either “much too much” (32.5 percent) or “too much’ (29.4 percent). The single-question March 10, 2016 opinion survey, fielded through Google Consumer Surveys, reveals only slight changes since it was first asked on September 27, 2014. (For details on sample size, bias and [...]