As of Wednesday August 01, 2012

Chicago police question 11-year-old boy carrying Molotov cocktail

Representative Ted Poe introducing Preserving American Privacy Act to counter domestic drone use

Xinhua editorial rips Romney for statements made during Israel trip, "likely to worsen" situation

NATO-backed Syrians rebels thoroughly permeated by Al Qaida

Columbia University virus hunter expresses "concern" over potential merger of H1N1 flu in sea birds with mammal-adapted H3N8 seal flu

Blackout: 684 million Indians remain without power for second day after grid collapse

New York Police Department to launch all-seeing "Domain Awareness System"

War on the American Citizen: Department of Homeland Security issues solicitation for riot gear to equip Federal Protective Service in anticipation of "2012 Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the 2012 Presidential Inauguration and other future similar activities"

Obama to "evaluate" bill to ban online ammunition sales

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says Second Amendment leaves open possibility of gun-control legislation

Mitt Romney affirms Zionist principles, says U.S. has "solemn duty" to protect Israel

At least 5 killed via U.S. drone attack in Pakistan

University of California Los Angeles provides $100,000 to Mexican nationalist student group, Moviemiento Estudiantil Chicano de AZTLAN

Transformation of America: south Asians becoming dominant in Pennsylvania municipalities, tool for Democratic party

Four soldiers dead after coordinated roadway attack in southern Thailand

Construction of industrial waste pipeline to the sea in Qidong City scrapped after Chinese protest pollution

Syrian troops backed by tanks and helicopter gun ships move on southwestern districts of Aleppo

Syrian-born Canadian woman joins Free Syrian Army

Fighters from Chechnya, Algeria, Sweden, and France reported among Syrian opposition

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says "tragedy is brewing" in Aleppo

Turkey considers using Syrian intervention as cover for crushing Kurds

Members nations remain at odds over UN arms control treaty

Senator Chuck Shumer slips gun control amendment into Cybersecurity Act

War machine: Pentagon's 30,000 pound bunker busting bomb reported ready for use

Syrian rebels brace for "mother of all battles" in Aleppo

Okanagan Specialty Fruits pushing Canadian, U.S. governments for approval of their genetically modified apples

Russian fleet nears Syria

Turkey closes all checkpoints on border with Syria

Angry crowd confronts police in Dallas after officer involved shooting of unarmed man

Police battle "pockets of unrest" in Anaheim following officer's shooting of unarmed man

"Europe is sleepwalking toward a disaster of incalculable proportions," says Soros-backed  Institute for New Economic Thinking, recommendations include more power and control to central authorities

UK economy contracts by 0.7 percent

British government analysis expects Greek government to run out of money in August

House passes Ron Paul's "audit the Fed" bill

Former Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill now says it's time to break up largest banks to avoid more bailouts; Weill behind 1998 merger of Travelers Group Inc. and Citicorp, deal required repeal of Glass-Steagall law that forced deposit-taking companies backed by Government insurance to be separate from investment banks and ushered in era of megabanks

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer pleads guilty in Federal court to sexually assaulting three women in custody

Global warming: Bill McKibben writes "we're losing the fight, badly and quickly," collectively "remain in denial about the peril" as "arguments tend to be ideological, theological and economic. But to grasp the seriousness of our predicament, you just need to do a little math"

Greece Prime Minister Antonis Samaras tells former U.S. President Bill Clinton that country is in new "Great Depression"

Authoritarian America: Humarock residents discuss seceding from Scituate, MA over July 4th police state, "every time [police] talk to you it's in a threatening fashion," aments long-time resident, "a slow deterioration of our constitutional rights," warns another

Authoritarian America: two Anaheim, CA police officers placed on paid leave after fatal shooting of unarmed man

Authoritarian America: Marine Corps creates law enforcement battalions, blend application of civil and military law, comfortable with escalation of force

Syrian government says chemical weapons will not be "used unless Syria is exposed to external aggression"

Over 100 dead from coordinated bombings and shootings in more than a dozen Iraqi cities

Turkey closes border crossing after Syrian rebels rob 30 trucks laden with food and medicine

Homeland Security conducts humanitarian propaganda mission: nine-year-old boy with massive tumor whisked from dangerous neighborhood in Mexico by U.S. agents in armored vehicle across the border for treatment in New Mexico

Congressional Budget Office report shows drop in income of top 1 percent

Reactor 4 at Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture reaches criticality

Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation report red-lined to President Putin warns "various elements" within U.S. military establishment "actively planning" for overthrow of Barack Obama prior to November elections

Taliban destroy 22 NATO supply trucks in Afghanistan

Veteran polygrapher says NRO branding whistleblowers as malcontents, danger to national security

National Reconnaissance Office accused of illegally collecting personal data, pressuring its polygraphers to obtain intimate details of private lives of thousands of job applicants and employees, pushing ethical and legal boundaries of program designed instead to catch spies and terrorists

Geoengineering: field test demonstrates iron dumping to stimulate carbon absorption and deposition in deep ocean

Native American tribes call on Federal Government to fight climate change as effects already being felt

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dismisses idea of Congress releasing tax returns, irritated by reporters pointing out double standard

Probe finds more lavish spending from General Services Administration, including $7,000 on sushi and a clown

Families of three U.S. citizens killed by drone strikes in Yemen file civil suit against U.S. officials, Defense Secretary Panetta and CIA Director Petraus among defendants

Iranian President Ahmadinejad downplays Western states' attempts to block country's scientific and technological progress, stresses that enemies cannot prevent continuation of its path, and nation "will not retreat even one iota from their rights, principles and values against the declining materialistic powers"

Consumed by crisis, post-bubble Spain ripe for revolution and mass exodus; grassroots movement growing against "capitalism"

Spanish riot police fire rubber bullets, charge anti-austerity protesters in downtown Madrid

Germany's parliament approves up to 100 billion euros in aid to Spanish banks

Greece's coalition government scrambles to ignite stalling reforms and appease troika masters

Pakistani and Indian nationals have homes trashed, beaten in northern Athens suburb of Menidi

Golden Dawn clear illegal immigrant squat in Chania, Crete

Customs and Border Protection Officer Hector Rodriguez arrested, key player in smuggling ring that brought in hundreds of illegal aliens

Ein volk: Israel initiates first stage of "emergency plan" for 60,000 African immigrants posing threat to "Jewish character" of the state to be interned and deported

Saudi princess Sarah Bint Talal Bin Abdul-Aziz seeking political asylum in Britain, vows to fight corruption in U.S.-backed regime

NATO member Turkey prepares constitutional amendments to further curtail freedom of the press

Scores of new African recruits swell Qaeda offshoot's ranks, Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa confirms hundreds of fighters from Boko Haram group present in northern Mali

Hezbollah's Nasrallah renews support for Assad

Syrian army has "cleaned" Midan area of Damascus of "terrorists," state television reports

Mystery surrounds Assad whereabouts as fierce clashes engulf Damascus

Syrian rebels capture border crossings on Iraqi and Turkish frontiers

Dubai police chief says USNS Rappahannock did not warn Indian fishermen before opening fire, case will be treated as murder

Judge clears Oregon man of indecent exposure charges for disrobing at TSA checkpoint; "it is the speech itself the state is seeking to punish, and that it cannot do," says judge

Nearly 36 percent of Fukushima children have abnormal thyroid growths, at risk of developing cancer

Security theatre: Government Accountability Office says Transportation Security Administration approved flight training for 25 illegal aliens at Boston-area flight school owned by illegal alien

Libor: City of Baltimore lead plaintiff in class action lawsuit alleging banks including Barclays, Bank of America, HSBC, JP Morgan and UBS conspired to fix set of key interest rates, London Interbank Offered Rate

Corporate ownership of government: Roy Smith, finance professor at New York University and former Goldman Sachs partner says, "regulators appear to have known about it and not have objected to it, which means it wasn’t illegal," concerning possible Wall Street lawsuits over Libor rate-fixing scandal

Trade Minister Green faces demands in Parliament to explain knowledge of money laundering at HSBC

North Las Vegas city leaders declare state of fiscal emergency

National Association of Realtors reports sales of previously occupied homes fell 5.4 percent in June to seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.37 million homes, fewest since October

Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region contracts for third month in July

Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rises by 34,000 from week prior

United States Department of Agriculture partnering with Mexican government to increase non-citizen participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Amonix solar closes manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas roughly one year after opening despite more than $20 million in federal tax credits and grants

House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Oversight, Investigations and Management member Michael McCaul (R-TX) says "only two and a half short years until drones begin to dominate the skies in the U.S. homeland"

Drones demonstrated with capability to stay airborne indefinitely, recharged by ground-based laser

Dallas TSA agents strip search woman, swab medically implanted, sterile feeding tube for explosive residue

Israeli tourist attack pretext for war, Iran predictably blamed

British MP George Galloway says Western conspiracy to topple Assad not because of "dislike of dictatorships. It is because the Syrian regime refuses to follow Western orders"

Obama, Putin talk as U.S. says Assad losing grip on Syria

Russia, China veto western-backed Syria resolution at UN Security Council

Syria's defense minister and interior minister among those killed after explosion strikes National Security building in Damascus

Worlds collide: refugees outnumber locals in German village of Schollnstein

"London and the Olympic Games are clearly not made for each other... Visitors will need determination and, most of all, patience to reach the venues at all," writes Der Spiegel's Marco Evers

Totalitarian Britain: Ministry of Defence makes urgent plans to mobilize up to 2,000 more troops for Olympics

Investigators for Arizona sheriff's volunteer posse declare Barack Obama's birth certificate definitely fraudulent

State of Michigan plan to raze empty Detroit houses in final stages

California city of Compton may declare bankruptcy by September

Hypocrisy: most members of Congress keep tax records secret while calling for transparency from others

U.S. building missile-defense radar station in Qatar

Social collapse: mob of black youths rob Wal-Mart in Jacksonville, Florida

Green Party's Jill Stein slams "corporate rule," urges departure from Wall Street candidates Romney and Obama

Stuart Bowen, special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, tells Center for Public Integrity $6 to 8 billion of $51 billion effort lost to waste, fraud and abuse

Video surfaces purportedly showing NATO allies in Libya using Gaddafi's body as ventriloquist's puppet

Bernanke admits "economic activity appears to have decelerated"

Global warming: Manhattan-size iceberg breaks away from Greenland glacier

Destruction of nature unleashing infectious diseases

Chinese economy undergoing catastrophic de-leveraging: frustrated central bank, systematic short circuit of debt financing, pyramid of debt and credit cracking, plague of unsustainable bubbles and collapsing demand

No employment for former Space Shuttle workers in new U.S. economy, engineers struggling

Anarchy: armed gang rapes women in Mexican youth camp

Aircraft carrier USS Stennis going to Persian Gulf early, deploying twice as long

American injustice system: Colorado family returns home to find squatters occupying house, court order fails to produce results, owner having to pay sheriff for eviction

Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr presses Russia to support regime change in Syria

Peak Oil: U.S. Air Force tests biofuels at $59 per gallon

Visa, Mastercard settle anti-trust case, forfeit $7.25 billion to retailers

Raytheon says little, laser-guided bomb might be ready to arm small drones within months

Police state: several arrests made in sidewalk-chalking demonstration

New York Police Department officer arrested for involvement in gun-trafficking ring

Food crisis feared as U.S. corn prices soar for third summer in 5 years

Russian navy may escort helicopter-laden Alead on next journey to Syria

Syria reportedly moving chemical weapons, reasons unknown

MI6 chief Sir John Sawers says attack on Iran likely by 2014 after admission of covert operations by Britain spies against Iran

China's growth slows to 3-year low of 7.6 percent

Merrill Lynch's Francisco Blanch sees further Federal Reserve asset-purchasing inevitable, expects $2,000 per ounce gold by year end

New Hampshire man who worked for Transportation Security Administration sentenced to 20 to 40 years in state prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting young girl

Police state: U.S. Department of Homeland Security on track to roll out invasive new laser-based molecular scanner in airports from CIA technology front group In-Q-Tel

California driver Steve Anderson rebuffs three checkpoints in one day, asserts civil rights

War on the American Citizen: Casselberry police taser Florida man for jaywalking, invent charge of resisting with violence and battery

Bankrupt California cities may dissolve

Chicago cop, veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, likens city conditions to tribal warfare

Totalitarian Britain: army ordered to provide more troops for Olympic Games to make up for shortfall in staff provided by private security contractors

Evidence suggests downed Turkish reconnaissance jet inside Syrian airspace

U.S. deploys sea drones to Persian Gulf

Turkey exports gold worth $3.08 billion to Iran in first five months of 2012

Newspaper in city of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico announce end of coverage of drug-related bloodshed, one day after grenades damage its offices for second time this year

American Meteorological Society: nine key indicators providing unambiguous evidence climate is warming

Global warming: Texas' extreme heat events roughly 20 times more likely in 2008 than in other La Niña years in 1960s; cold December of –0.7 °C in England half as likely to occur in 2000s when compared to 1960s

Up to 20,000 sea turtle eggs crushed by bulldozers on Trinidad

Futures brokerage PFG Best freezes accounts following discovery of accounting irregularity; $220 million segregated client money pillaged

TSA agents laugh at deaf man, call him "f***ing deafie," steal his candy

Mayor Rahm Emanuel adds building demolition to list of gang-fighting tactics as Chicago's homicide rate up 38 percent from 2011

China to develop Iran's northern and southern Azadegan and Yadavaran oil fields

Russian President Putin worried about Europe and anti-Russian plans of U.S.

Totalitarian Britain: social workers plan to take mother's unborn child for involvement with English Defence League as soldiering father serves Queen and country in Afghanistan

"Monsanto rider" quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar fiscal year 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill; Secretary of Agriculture required to grant permit for planting or cultivation of genetically engineered crop regardless of environmental impact

Three former National Security Agency employees expose "mass illegal surveillance" in court

Icelandic economy expected to grow 2.8 percent after allowing banks failures, prosecuting financial criminals

Bolivia to consider nationalizing Canadian miner South American Silver Corp's silver project

Deposits of precious metals in electronic waste 40-50 times richer than ores being mined in the ground, according to sustainability experts

Bombshell prediction: Michael Pento expects Federal Reserve to announce end to capital reserve requirements on owning sovereign debt, could spur M2 money supply growth by $15 trillion

Epic rainfall continues in Britain, more flooding expected

Ned Naylor-Neyland stuns CNBC with allegation of gold manipulation

Mexican cocaine-trafficking cartel used accounts at Bank of America to hide money and invest illegal drug-trade proceeds in U.S. racehorses

Senate panel plans HSBC money laundering hearing

Smell the coffee: Oakland City Council votes unanimously to end contract with Goldman Sachs after bank profits from lower interest rates

Max Keiser: too-big-to-fail banks stopping you from getting 5 percent on your money

Dutch pension fund Pensioenfonds Vervoer files two claims totaling up to 240 million euros ($300 million) against unit of Goldman Sachs Group alleging negligence leading to losses

Saudis buying nuclear-capable missiles from China, deal in place to receive warheads from Pakistan

"If the Syrian regime is changed by force or if Russia doesn't like the outcome, it most likely will respond by selling S-300s to Iran," says Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies in Moscow

Without explaining arms transfers and command-and-control improvements, Secretary of State Clinton warns Syria on brink of "catastrophic assault"

Peak gold: surface deposits exhausted, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Mark Cutifani says "we're struggling to find new gold" ore, "spending twice as much money on an annual basis and still only finding less than we did the year before"

June temperatures contribute to record-warm first half of year and warmest 12-month period in American experience since recordkeeping began in 1895

Of 699 American doctors surveyed, unanimous belief medicine on wrong track, 65 percent blame government, 83 percent thinking about quitting, 95 percent say private practice losing out to corporations

Nouriel Roubini says the "perfect storm" scenario he forecast for global economy earlier this year unfolding right now; policymakers "running out of rabbits to pull out of the hat"

Maryland millionaires flee state's tax hikes; 31,000 residents left state between 2007 and 2010; exodus yields $1.7 billion in lost revenue

Economic immobility: 70 percent of Americans stuck below middle class

War on the American Citizen: Broomfield, Colorado police kill distressed man with airsoft pellet gun after dispatcher assures family officers are "trained in this kind of thing. They're not going to go around shooting people"

War on the American Citizen: police conduct forceful raid on Long Beach marijuana dispensary; officers step on employee's neck, smash surveillance cameras

Drought hits 56 percent of continental United States

Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' Aerospace Division Brigadier General Amir-Ali Hajizadeh says, “[U.S.] bases are all within the reach of our missiles" as Great Prophet 7 drill successfully wraps up

Iran lawmakers prepare to close Strait of Hormuz

"United States knows that its ships in the Persian Gulf are sitting ducks when it comes to Iranian missiles, the Persian Gulf is not very large, if missiles are fired at the American naval ships, they will hit their targets very quickly," says Tehran University's Mohammad Marandi

U.S. military reinforcements quietly deployed to Persian Gulf

Further food inflation feared as drought stokes surge in U.S. crop prices

Homeland Security report lists Americans "suspicious of centralized federal authority" and "reverent of individual liberty" among identifiable terrorists

Syrian forces retake Damascus suburb of Douma, inflict heavy casualties on opposition fighters, seize weapons and ammunition

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says Turkey supports terrorists committing atrocities

Barclays chairman Marcus Agius expected to resign following bank's 290 million pound fine for role in attempt to rig interest rates

Interest-rate fixing scandal could leave British banks exposed to multi-billion-pound civil actions

Bank of America fined mere $2.8 million for over billing 95,000 accounts $32.2 million over 8 year period

Tiger corridors under severe threat due to mining and irrigation projects, expanding human habitation and negligence of Indian forest department

King Cobra, decimated in the Western Ghats and parts of Southeast Asia, declared a vulnerable species and placed on International Union for Conservation of Nature red list

Cooling system fixed at Fukushima reactor number 4 fuel pool

Radioactive cesium found in urine samples from 141 infants and young children in Fukushima Prefecture

June wettest since 1860 and dullest since 1909 in England and Wales

Michigan's apple crop will be about 90 percent smaller than usual this year because of spring weather damage

Historic heat wave on a scale and intensity not seen in U.S. since great heat waves of 1930s Dust Bowl era set new all-time heat records for at least ten major cities

Death Valley heat in Kansas: high-temperature records falling across U.S. in step with longer-term trend of record highs being set more often than record lows for each decade since 1970s

Iran's Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi shrugs off U.S.-engineered European Union embargoes on Iranian oil sector, says "Iran's oil has its own markets" and prepared to counter sanctions

Governor of Iran's central bank says Tehran will fight West's economic sanctions by utilizing country's $150 billion in foreign exchange reserves

Oi nuclear plant's number 3 reactor attains criticality

Business as usual: Japan restarts Oi reactor, first reactivation since earthquake-tsunami-triggered disaster at Fukushima

IRGC commander says NATO missile defense radar vulnerable to Iranian-made anti-radar ballistic missiles; predicts destruction of Zionist regime in event of first-strike on Iran

Israel fears Hezbollah sea blockade using anti-ship missiles

Israel and Canada sign new energy cooperation agreement; Israel sitting on large oil shale formation

Thousands of Albanian protest near Greek border with demands for land

Some Greek politicians getting a taste of unemployment

Shackled: top European Central Bank official says that Greece must fulfill its austerity and reform targets "100 percent" to stay in the euro

SYRIZA's anti-bailout Alexis Tsipras calls on new coalition government to veto agreement by European Union leaders to prop up banks unless Greece allowed to benefit from in the same way as Italy and Spain

"Green on blue" attack in Afghanistan claims lives of 3 International Security Assistance Force soldiers

Pakistani intelligence says U.S. drone strike has killed at least eight suspected fighters in North Waziristan region

Iran's Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi says new, unspecified technical information obtained from downed U.S. RQ-170 Sentinel reconnaissance drone

Iranian lawmaker says the Majlis (parliament) has asked government to equip the country's naval and research fleet with non-fossil fuel engines

At least 17 people reported killed and 40 injured in Garissa grenade attack, Kenya's military staging point for missions into Somalia

NATO's Libya: hundreds of armed protesters enter local election commission to demand more seats for eastern city of Benghazi in upcoming elections

NATO's Libya: tribal clashes leave at least 47 dead, 100 wounded

Turkey scrambles fighter jets after Syrian helicopters fly close to border

Russia, China sign transition plan for Syria allowing current regime to persist