Category Archives: Special Reports

Grab bag of valid U.S. visas available overseas

State Department officials are pretending to scratch their heads over the bust of a “fake” U.S. embassy operating in the Ghanaian capital of Accra that was issuing valid U.S. visas to Ghanaians, Togolese, Ivorians, and others for a whopping $6,000. After Ghanaian authorities rolled up the fake embassy, said to have been operated by Ghanaian and Turkish organized crime syndicates, State Department officials claimed that the criminals who ran the “embassy” paid off corrupt officials to “look the other way.” However, corrupt Ghanaian government officials do not issue valid U.S. visas, U.S. State Department foreign service officers are responsible for the control and issuance of visas. WMR exposed U.S. visa fraud involving U.S. foreign service personnel in a series of articles beginning ten years ago. Continue reading

Emboldened by Trump, Ohio GOP pass extreme attack on abortion rights

Ohio lawmakers approved a bill late Tuesday that bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The bill is now headed to Governor John Kasich’s desk. If signed, it will be one of the strictest abortion laws in the country. Continue reading

DAPL construction completion permit denied

After months of peaceful protests, withstanding militarized police state viciousness, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe members and supporters won a glorious, though perhaps temporary, victory. Continue reading

Save the Children Norway trialed anti-malaria drug Larium in Mozambique—1993–1994

Roche AG, a Swiss multinational health-care company, needed to trial a new anti-malaria drug, Mefloquine, also known under the brand name Lariam, in malaria-prone areas of Africa. This was despite known serious side effects, including long-term health problems such as depression, hallucinations, anxiety and neurological effects such as poor balance, depression and impaired mental health. Continue reading

Drone operators’ brains may be zapped with electricity to ‘improve performance’

U.S. Air Force finds electric pulses to the brain an effective technique for keeping soldiers on task.

In a report reminiscent of science fiction, U.S. Air Force scientists said this week that sending electric pulses to soldier’s brains is an effective technique to improve attention span and cognitive ability. Continue reading

Oklahoma earthquake shows fracking’s potential for ‘serious harm’

‘We don't need a major earthquake that claims lives and costs millions in damage to tell us the rapid increase in fracking . . . is the cause’

The earthquake in Oklahoma on Sunday that damaged dozens of buildings near the pipeline epicenter of Cushing is further proof that fossil fuel extraction activities are too dangerous to continue, environmentalists said Monday. Continue reading

Florida’s “deceptive” solar initiative, backed by utilities companies, loses support

‘It's a monopoly wolf in solar sheep's clothing’

As utilities companies funnel millions of dollars into a last-ditch effort to convince Florida voters to pass an anti-solar initiative, the latest polling data shows support for the measure falling. Continue reading

Canada and EU sign ‘thoroughly undemocratic’ CETA trade deal

Opposition groups note that the deal could still fail legal scrutiny and ratification in Europe

Canada and the European Union signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) on Sunday amid widespread protests against the controversial deal that came back to life after negotiations stalled over objections from Wallonia, Belgium. Continue reading

6 ‘miracle’ drugs Big Pharma now regrets

With Big Pharma, first they promote it, then they discover the risks.

Are you depressed? It may have less to do with your mood than your birth control pills, high blood pressure pills, antibiotics or even anti-hair-loss drug, according to new research. New risks have also emerged with popular gastroesophageal reflux disease medicines and even the top-selling painkiller, Tylenol. Continue reading

‘Terrifying’: AT&T spying on Americans for profit, new documents reveal

'If companies are allowed to operate in this manner without repercussions, our democracy has no future'

Telecommunications giant AT&T is spying on Americans for profit and helped law enforcement agencies investigate everything from the so-called war on drugs to Medicaid fraud—all at taxpayers’ expense, according to new reporting by The Daily Beast. Continue reading

‘Today is one of the heaviest days of my life’

I’ve written often about our Iraqi refugee friend and his oldest son from Baghdad. I will call them Mohammed and Ahmed. They made the torturous flight last year from Baghdad to Kurdistan and then across Turkey. They were on three Greek islands before permission was granted them to continue their trip. They passed through several countries at the time the borders were being closed. They arrived finally at their destination in late September 2015. Finland. Continue reading

‘I was doing my job’: Climate reporter facing 45 years in prison speaks out

Deia Schlosberg, filmmaker arrested for documenting climate protest, says she believes felony charges are 'unjust'

The filmmaker facing a lengthy prison sentence for documenting a nonviolent civil disobedience action last week has spoken out on behalf of journalism, the First Amendment, and the global climate movement. Continue reading

Benghazi, gold for arms—Libya, Syria, South Sudan and East Africa

On 7 or 8 September 2012, a cargo freighter departed the Libyan port of Benghazi, on board were two containers, guarded by mercenaries, contents and destination unknown. Days later, on September 11, 2012, an attack on the US Consulate resulted in the deaths of the US ambassador and several US citizens, labeled as the “Battle of Benghazi.” Continue reading

An update from Germany

Germany is smaller than California. Within the last two years, it has allowed in roughly two million Muslim refugees and immigrants, all by fiat. Having no voice in this radical demographic change, many Germans are fuming. Continue reading

Court rejects Dakota Access injunction, but Standing Rock Sioux vow ‘this is not the end’

'This ruling puts 17 million people who rely on the Missouri River at serious risk'

A U.S. federal court of appeals ruled against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe late Sunday evening and denied its request for an emergency injunction against the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. Continue reading

Fracking industry’s new plan? Prosecute those who push drilling bans

As communities seek to protect themselves from toxic drilling, Pennsylvania industry group mulls statute to deter such ordinances

“Drained” from taking local municipalities to court over fracking bans, a fossil fuel industry group is now considering charging local officials who suggest such prohibitions with criminal prosecution, new reporting by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette revealed last Tuesday. Continue reading

Surveillance isn’t colorblind

Rapidly developing technology exposes communities of color to near-constant surveillance and over-policing.

During the 1960s, the FBI and NSA followed, wiretapped, and bugged Martin Luther King Jr.—all under the veil of proper legal process. Today, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security spy on Black Lives Matter activists under the guise of “counterterrorism” and “situational awareness.” Continue reading

‘Shameful’: Yahoo spied on email customers at government’s request

Rights groups said the news proves 'the failure of U.S. government reforms to curb NSA's tendency to try and indiscriminately vacuum up the world's data.'

In an astounding and “unprecedented” new account of U.S. government surveillance, Reuters reported Tuesday that Yahoo secretly scanned all of its customer’s incoming emails for a specific set of characters, per request of the National Security Agency (NSA) or FBI. Continue reading

Revolt at Washington Post over paper’s call for arrest and imprisonment of its source

Washington journalist sources report that there is something of a revolt taking place at The Washington Post among many of its reporters over the paper’s recent editorial that not only rejected calls for a presidential pardon for National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden but called for his return to the United States from Russia and face arrest, prosecution, and a likely long prison term. The editorial appeared in the September 17 edition of the paper. Continue reading

Safe with ‘oligarchs and imperialists’ in US, Brazil’s new president admits coup plot

Ousted President Dilma Rousseff wouldn't enact austerity roadmap, so "a process was established which culminated with me being installed as president of the republic," Temer says

Proponents of her ouster argued that former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was targeted and ultimately booted from office for budgetary wrongdoing or, ironically, corruption. Continue reading

TTIP 2.0? New leak exposes threats of lesser-known TISA trade deal

'The deal, a spiritual and practical sibling of the much-maligned TTIP and TPP free trade agreements, is designed to drive deregulation across the vast global services sector'

Greenpeace Netherlands exposed the threats to democracy and climate action contained within the little-known Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) on Tuesday with new leaks divulging several chapters of the clandestine global trade agreement. Continue reading

CIA, UNICEF and genocide in Somalia

UNICEF oversaw the starvation deaths of at least 250,000 Somalis, mainly children, during the last “Great Horn of Africa Drought” and famine of 2010–2012 (at the time the worst in 60 years) all the while being led by Anthony “Tony” Lake, former national security advisor to President Bill Clinton and failed nominee to head the CIA (nomination withdrawn following corruption reports). Continue reading

Peaceful Dakota access protesters face felony charges, escalating police action

Law enforcement appears to act on behalf of private industry with crackdown on peaceful water protectors in North Dakota

Water protectors battling the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota are now facing felony charges for peaceful direct actions that halted construction at two sites on Tuesday and Wednesday—a sign that law enforcement appears to be escalating its response to the water protectors. Continue reading

Will Christy Whitman follow her 9/11 apology with one for her nuke shill game?

Soon after the 9/11 terror attacks 15 years ago this past Sunday, then-US EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman assured New Yorkers the air was safe to breathe. Continue reading

Soros ran US foreign policy on post-coup Ukraine

A tranche of some 2,500 Internal documents, mostly Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point files, as well as pdf files, from George Soros’s Open Society Foundation (OSF) network of non-governmental organizations, which were obtained from the group “DC Leaks,” shows that Soros and his advisers lorded over US policy toward Ukraine after the 2014 coup supported by Soros and the Obama administration ousted the democratically-elected Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych and his government. The leaked Soros documents describe how the OSF and Soros’s International Renaissance Foundation (IRF), based at 46 Artema Street in Kiev, worked with the US State Department after the 2014 so-called “Euromaidan” themed revolution to ensure that a federalized Ukraine was not in the picture. Continue reading

New York’s Cuomo tries to bail out dying nukes

New York’s “liberal” Governor Andrew Cuomo is trying to ram through a complex backdoor bailout package worth up to $11 billion to keep at least four dangerously decrepit nuclear reactors operating. Continue reading

The US continued biological weapons research until 2003

President Richard Nixon ordered the destruction of all US biological weapons in 1969. His White House declaration, Statement on Chemical and Biological Defense Policies and Programs, declared that ”the United States shall renounce the use of lethal biological agents and weapons, and all other methods of biological warfare. The United States will confine its biological research to defensive measures such as immunization and safety measures.” With that and the ratification of the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention by the United States, Soviet Union, and Great Britain, the US biological weapons program came to an end. Or did it? Continue reading

TTIP has ‘de facto failed,’ says German economic minister

'Negotiations with the U.S. have de facto failed, because of course as Europeans we couldn't allow ourselves to submit to American demands'

Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economic Minister said that the controversial Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has “de facto failed,” admitting that negotiations between the U.S. and E.U. have completely stalled. Continue reading

‘Good news,’ says Sanders, as McConnell signals no lame-duck vote on TPP

Senate Majority Leader punts corporate-friendly trade deal to next administration

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the U.S. Senate will not vote on the 12-nation, corporate-friendly Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) this year, buoying progressive hopes that the trade deal will never come to fruition. Continue reading

Punishing the messenger: Israel’s war on NGOs takes a worrying turn

“You deserve to see your loved ones suffer and die. But, maybe, you would be hurt before them,” was part of a threatening message received by a staff member at ‘Al-Mezan,’ a Gaza-based human rights group. The photo attached to the email was of the exterior of the activist’s home. The gist of the message: ‘We are coming for you.’ Continue reading

From UK-USA alliance and ECHELON to Five Eyes and TICKETWINDOW

Although only a small portion of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s purloined National Security Agency data files have seen the light of day, thanks mostly to the redaction deal journalist/lawyer Glenn Greenwald worked out with high-tech billionaire Pierre Omidyar, the recent trickle of documents has yielded some important information about the NSA’s pre-9/11 surveillance operations. Continue reading

Stripping the veneer off America’s propaganda menagerie

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange have doubled down recently on the games being played in cyberspace by America’s cyberwarriors. Snowden suggests that many of NSA’s most damaging malware programs are now in the hands of America’s opponents, thanks to enterprising foreign counterintelligence hackers known as the Shadow Brokers. Snowden believes that the malware, including destructive programs such as Stuxnet, are being auctioned off, via Bitcoin payments, by the Shadow Brokers. Snowden stated that the malware was obtained through hacking from a murky NSA operation called the “Equation Group.” Continue reading