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Australian Bank Notes, Drug Trade

Australian Media Goes Silent on Nugan Hand Bank

It was a bombshell of a story. One of Australia’s most wanted fugitives, alleged to have run one of the world’s largest money laundering operations for the international drug trade on behalf of the CIA, was discovered living under a different name in the United States after remaining underground for over 30 years. The story Read More

French Belgian Border

Was Paris Attack Suspect Hiding in Plain Sight?

For 6 days, Brussels was on a lockdown as police hunted a suspected accomplice (Salah Abdeslam) in the Paris attacks. The lockdown, which cost the Belgian city an estimated €51.7 million a day, failed to locate Abdeslam. Now, reports have emerged indicating that Abdeslam “might have been taking his ease in a public place in Read More

Glacier in Greenland

Reader Photos: Greenland’s Melting Glaciers

As world leaders convene today in Paris for a “pivotal” conference on climate change, we thought we would take the occasion to post several photos that one of our readers, Mary Lou Dauray, took while flying over Greenland. Mary Lou writes: “Sometimes one is lucky to be able to catch a glimpse of nature in Read More

Oil tanker, Le Havre

Russia Throws Down the Gauntlet: Accuses Turkey of Supporting ISIS Through Illegal Oil Trade

Tensions are running high following Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian jet near the Turkish-Syrian border. Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has stated that “by shooting down a Russian plane on a counter-terrorist mission of the Russian Aerospace Force in Syria, and one that did not violate Turkey’s airspace, the Turkish government has in effect sided with ISIS.” Lavrov’s comments Read More

Anna Hidalgo, Francois Hollande and Barack Obama at Paris

Warnings Went Unheeded Prior to Paris Attacks

Like clockwork, terrorist attacks in western countries are followed by immediate calls for greater powers for law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Yet, time and again, these same law enforcement and intelligence agencies are later found to have failed to act on information–sometimes glaringly obvious–that could have helped them prevent the terrorist attack with the tools Read More

US Apache Helicopter

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a US Apache Helicopter Giving Cover to an ISIS convoy?

Russian President Vladimir Putin recently made headlines at the G-20 Summit when he suggested that ISIS was operating its extensive oil smuggling operations in a curiously open manner. Putin stated: “I’ve shown our colleagues photos taken from space and from aircraft which clearly demonstrate the scale of the illegal trade in oil and petroleum products. Read More

Peaceful Protest Occupy Sacramento

FBI Uses Counter Terrorism Authority to Infiltrate and Surveil Peaceful Protests . . . Again

“For a decade, the FBI flagrantly abused its counter-terrorism authority to conduct a widespread surveillance and monitoring operation of School of Americas Watch (SOAW), a nonviolent activist organization founded by pacifists with the aim of closing the U.S. Army’s School of the Americas (now renamed) and ending the U.S. role in the militarization of Latin Read More

Australian Money Laundering

Coroner May Re-Open Investigation into Frank Nugan’s Death

Earlier this week, Michael Hand, the fugitive who co-founded the notorious CIA-linked Nugan Hand Bank, was found living in the United States. Hand vanished in 1980 amid growing inquiries by Australian authorities into the bank’s extensive connections to international drug trafficking. Despite running one of the world’s largest laundering operations for drug money, Hand has Read More

President Ronald Reagan, Bill O’Reilly

A Curious Disturbance in the Force of Right Wing Propaganda

The legacy of Ronald Reagan is a third rail of conservative politics. Thou shall not question the Gipper! Per The Guardian, “Reagan is not just a name but an adjective connoting virtue and conservative ideological purity.” Count us as surprised, therefore, to see one of the pillars of conservative propaganda–Bill O’Reilly–raising questions about Reagan’s mental Read More