Archives for Февраль 2013

Who Won The Drug War? Drugs Did

Thai policemen arrange packages of methamphetamine on a table before a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Thai police seized nearly 2 million methamphetamine pills from smugglers near the country’s northern border Thursday in one of this year’s largest drug busts. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) On the books, marijuana is illegal in Cambodia. […]

On the books, marijuana is illegal in Cambodia. But on the streets — in particular, the capital’s main riverside promenade — travelers will find a poor man’s Amsterdam. Phnom Penh’s downtown dealers are unabashed. After nightfall, they line Sisowath Quay, about a dozen blocks of Cambodia’s finest riverfront real estate. Foreigners on an evening

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Hagel Sworn In, Now The Hard Part

New Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to service members and civilian employees at the Pentagon, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, after being sworn-in. Hagel took charge of the Defense Department Wednesday after a bruising confirmation fight _ and two days before billions in budget cuts are scheduled to hit the military. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) Early Wednesday […]

Early Wednesday morning, Chuck Hagel was sworn in as defense secretary, in a small private ceremony at the Pentagon. It may be the last fun he has for quite a while. In short order he will be confronted with a host of intractable foreign policy challenges: orchestrating an honorable and dignified end to the war in Afghanistan; dealing with

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ISPs New «Six-Strike» Program to Combat Online Piracy: Critics Worry About Internet Freedom, Privacy

This is a photograph of the Pirate Bay homepage, taken Nov. 21, 2008. Embattled file-sharing site The Pirate Bay is looking for safe havens in Norway and Spain after its Swedish host came under legal pressure to shut it down. (AP Photo/Scanpix, Marc Femenia, File) (Mint Press) — The Copyright Alert System (CAS) reached a […]

(Mint Press) - The Copyright Alert System (CAS) reached a milestone in its “implementation phase” on Monday in its intent to curb online piracy. After months of delays, the largest Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in America rolled out their “six-strike” program for combating piracy of copyright-protected materials. This program, universally

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Congress Set To OK Bill Renewing Anti-Violence Law

In this Jan. 23, 2013, file photo, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., holds a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, to discuss the reintroduction of the Violence Against Women Act. Calling a truce in the partisan battles, Congress appears ready to send to President Barack Obama a bill that renews and expands […]

Calling a truce in the partisan battles, Congress appears ready to send to President Barack Obama a bill that renews and expands the nation's primary law on protecting women from domestic violence. In a carefully scripted course, the Republican-led House on Thursday is expected to first reject its own, more limited attempt to renew the Violence

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China Says US-Based Hackers Target Its Websites

In this Nov. 7, 2012 photo, U.S. and Chinese national flags are hang outside a hotel during the U.S. Presidential election event, organized by the U.S. embassy in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) China’s military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with […]

China's military said Thursday that overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two-thirds of the attacks originating in the United States. The claim from Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng follows accusations last week by American cybersecurity company Mandiant that

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US: $60 Million In New Aid To Syria Opposition

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, talks to Syrian opposition coalition leader Mouaz al-Khatib, during an international conference on Syria at Villa Madama, Rome, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. The United States is looking for more tangible ways to support Syria’s rebels and bolster a fledgling political movement that is struggling to deliver basic services […]

The Obama administration said Thursday that it will provide the Syrian opposition with an additional $60 million in assistance and — in a significant policy shift — will for the first time provide nonlethal aid like food and medical supplies to rebels battling to oust President Bashar Assad. "We need to stand on the side of those who want to see

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