October 18, 2018

Nicaragua accused of using military-grade weapons to crush protesters

Nicaraguan security services have been using weapons of war as part of a brutal crackdown against anti-government protesters which has resulted in the deaths of hundreds, a report by Amnesty International claimed Thursday. Nicaragua, under the rule of President Daniel Ortega, has been engulfed in demonstrations and clashes since April. More than 300 have been […]
October 18, 2018

Florida’s proposal to ban offshore drilling is back on the ballot

A proposed Florida constitutional amendment that would ban offshore drilling is back on the ballot following a legal scuffle that saw the initiative challenged in court. The Florida Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Amendment 9 can appear on the ballot before voters in November. That proposal, which would prohibit oil and gas drilling on land […]
October 18, 2018

The ultimate 2018 question: What happens if a deceased candidate wins a state assembly seat?

What happens if a dead man wins an election? The latest twist in a year of high strangeness — the death of a pimp-slash-state legislature candidate in Nevada — means we’ll likely soon find out. Dennis Hof, a notorious brothel owner and television star, died Tuesday. The 72-year-old was found unresponsive at one of his […]
October 18, 2018

Sickened Kingston coal ash workers claim company hid health risks, tampered with air monitors

The trial in one of the nation’s worst workplace negligence cases began this week in federal court in Knoxville, Tennessee. The workers assigned to clean up the massive coal ash spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Kingston coal-fired power plant are finally getting their day in court. After the jury was seated, it didn’t […]
October 18, 2018

Top Kandahar leaders killed in shooting, days before Afghanistan parliamentary elections

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The police chief of Kandahar province, General Abdul Raziq Achakzai, was killed in a Thursday evening Taliban-claimed attack. According to sources, a gunman, believed to be part of the security detail at the meeting in the provincial governor’s office, opened fire on Raziq at the conclusion of the gathering. The shots led […]
October 18, 2018

Eric Trump offers deceptive excuse for his family’s lucrative dealings with Saudi Arabia

Eric Trump and Fox News teamed up on Thursday to gaslight the public about the president’s financial stake in maintaining good relations with Saudi Arabia. During an interview on Fox & Friends, Eric Trump tried to counter suspicions that his father’s soft response to the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the hands of the Saudi regime […]
October 18, 2018

Former USAG president arrested by fugitive task force for tampering with evidence in Nassar case

A stunning week for USA Gymnastics just went from bad to worse. Less than 48 hours after its interim president and CEO resigned four days into her tenure, former USAG president Steve Penny was arrested by the U.S. Marshals’ Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. On September 28, Penny was indicted by a Walker […]
October 18, 2018

Insect collapse study ‘one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read,’ expert warns

A disturbing new study finds that global warming helped drive as much as a 60-fold decline in insect population in Puerto Rico’s tropical rainforest between 1976 and 2013. “Our results suggest that the effects of climate warming in tropical forests may be even greater than anticipated,” said lead author, biologist Brad Lister, of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). […]
October 18, 2018

Brazil’s Bolsonaro gets support from prominent American right-wing figures

The American far-right is falling in line behind Jair Bolsonaro, the Brazilian presidential candidate who previously praised the country’s military dictatorship and who once described a congresswoman as too ugly to rape. Over the weekend, the BBC World Service reported David Duke, former KKK  Grand Wizard and a longstanding fixture among white supremacists, had endorsed Bolsonaro. “He […]
October 18, 2018

Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test is self-serving and dangerous to Native people

After years of Trump and other Republican leaders bullying Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to take a DNA test to “prove” her claims of Native ancestry, she gave in. The 2020 presidential hopeful spit in a cup, sent off for the results, created a campaign style video, a website — with a Google search result ad […]