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In AZ Attack’s Wake, Political Repercussions
Marc Lacey & David M. Herszenhorn

Representative Gabrielle Giffords, an Arizona Democrat, and at least 17 others were shot Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire outside a supermarket where Ms. Giffords was meeting with constituents.

US Sets Up Center for 'Secret War'
PressTV

The US administration is ramping up a "secret war on terror groups" in hot spots around the globe by establishing a new military targeting center, officials say.

U.S. Election 2012: Stewart Alexander to Seek PFP, SPUSA and Green Party Presidential Nominations
Socialist Party USA

Only weeks after announcing his candidacy for president, Stewart Alexander introduced a national economic recovery program; he refers to the program as "A Better Deal."

Mexico Says U.S. Border Agent Killed Teenage Boy
Alonso Castillo

A U.S. Border Patrol agent was involved in a shooting on the Arizona border with Mexico on Wednesday that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy trying to illegally scale the border fence, Mexican police said.

Convicted Houston Gun Trafficker for Zeta Cartel Sentenced to 3 Years
Borderland Beat

U.S. agents are armed with the secrets of a convicted Houston gunrunner, information that could lead them to top Mexican drug-cartel bosses and the Texas firearms dealers supplying high-powered weapons.

US States Hard on Immigration
Tim Gaynor

Republican state legislatures are ramping up a crackdown on illegal immigrants this year, in a concerted drive that risks alienating potential business allies and Latino voters.

Official: Zetas Drug Gang had Base in Guatemala
Associated Press

Guatemala's top security official says the Zetas drug gang from Mexico had set up an operations center in the border province of Alta Verapaz where the government declared a state of siege Dec. 19.

Many Latin Americans are Up Against Despotic Rule in 2011
Jerry Brewer

In what has traditionally been a popular annual theme throughout the Americas — the question, is there a future for continued democracy in Latin America, may not now be the most pressing concern in the New Year.

There Oughta Be a Law: Californians Get 725 New Ones in 2011
Hoa Quách

Trans-fats are thing of the past in certain food facilities, for example. And insurance companies can't charge men and women different rates for the same coverage.

2010 Was By Far the Deadliest Year for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan — One American Killed Every 18 Hours
Edwin Mora

With 496 casualties, 2010 was by far the deadliest year for U.S. troops fighting a war in Afghanistan that has now entered its tenth year, according to casualty reports issued by the Department of Defense and tracked in a comprehensive database of war casualties maintained by CNSNews.com.

Humanitarian Aid Sails on Final Leg of Its Journey to Gaza
Dr Sandeep Pandey

The send off became quite emotional as there was a realization that Israelis may intercept the ship in mid water. Ajit Sahi speaking before the ship’s departure said that in case of any mishappening, this caravan to Gaza must not stop and there should be more such caravans.

No Pardon for Billy the Kid
Sue Major Holmes

In one of his last official acts — or non-acts — before leaving office, New Mexico‘s governor refused to pardon the Old West outlaw Friday for one of the many murders he committed before he was gunned down in 1881.

Obama's Weekly Address: The New Year
The White House Blog

The President resolves to do all he can to get the economy growing and create jobs, and encourages Republicans to embrace their new responsibility to govern.

Producing Food Security Along the U.S.-Mexico Border
Kent Paterson

Sprouting up in the Rio Grande Valley, a new organization seeks to reshape the production, distribution and consumption of food.

From Marijuana to "Sexting": New US Laws Set to Take Effect January 1
Daniel B. Wood

In all, 45 states, the District of Columbia, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico passed 31,005 new laws in 2010. Some of them will come into effect with the new year. Here is a sampling of some of the trends in lawmaking in 2010.

Brutal Drug Lord Dies in Clashes in Colombia
Cesar Garcia

A brutal drug lord with a $2.5 million bounty on his head and reputed ties to right-wing militias died during clashes with security forces in southern Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos announced this week.

Most US Minimum Wage Earners Can't Afford Necessities of Life
The Real News Network

Jeannette Wicks-Lim: A proposal to combine minimum wage and earned income tax credit policies to guarantee a decent living wage.

In US, Sarukhán Urges Rational Debate
The News

During his New Year’s message to the Mexican community in the United States, Mexican Ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhán Casamitjana said that in 2010 the debate on immigration underwent an unfortunate setback.

Understanding Empire in Latin America
Benjamin Dangl

In Empire’s Workshop Greg Grandin makes connections between the work of the US empire across decades and presidencies, and in Fordlandia, he tells the epic tale of an American businessman who failed to successfully apply his version of capitalism in the Amazon.

New Law Hits Drug Cartels, Corrupt Officials Where They Hurt
Danilo Valladares

A new law that will allow Guatemalan courts to seize goods and assets obtained through illegal activities, including drug trafficking and corruption, is being hailed as the new hope in fighting organised crime.

Honduras: 10,000 Migrants Kidnapped in Mexico
Associated Press

Mexico and Honduras announced Wednesday they have agreed to create a high-level group to combat attacks on undocumented Honduran migrants who are passing through the country en route to the United States.

Obscene, Threatening Comments Posted at Anti-TSA Website Traced to Homeland Security Servers
Jonathan Benson

Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seem to now be going on the offensive against those who oppose its new invasive and unconstitutional airport security protocols being carried out by agents of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Napolitano: Pat-Downs Are Here to Stay
David Edwards

Airline passengers should get used to invasive full body scans and enhanced pat-downs, the Homeland Security secretary suggested this week.

Texas City U.S. Safest, Despite Mexico Drug War Next Door
Tim Gaynor

El Paso and Ciudad Juarez have a long and storied relationship marked by violence down the years, although their fortunes have never been so starkly divergent as at the close of this year, one in which corruption and a failing justice system hit Mexico hard.

US To Require Gun Sale Notification
John Julitz

If the federal government gets its way, gun dealers in Texas and other states could be required to provide notification if they sell two or more long rifles.

WikiLeaks Cables Portray Expanded Reach of DEA
Ginger Thompson & Scott Shane

The Drug Enforcement Administration has been transformed into a global intelligence organization with a reach that extends far beyond narcotics, and an eavesdropping operation so expansive it has to fend off foreign politicians who want to use it against their political enemies, according to secret diplomatic cables.

GOP Pushes Anti-Migrant Policies
The News

The Republican majority in Congress plans to block attempts to implement the Dream Act in January, the Los Angeles Times said Monday.

Canada - A Good Place for Swindlers
The Real News Network

Al Rosen, author of 'Swindlers' says Canada worse than US for protecting investor rights.

El Salvador: 3 Migrants Abducted in Mexico, 5 Flee
Diego A. Mendez

Gunmen kidnapped nine migrants in a southern Mexican state where 50 disappeared last week, El Salvador's Foreign Ministry announced Monday.

US Official Apologizes to Peru Over Leaked Cables
Associated Press

A top diplomat says Washington has apologized to Peru for leaked diplomatic cables about the country.

100 Journalists Killed in 2010, Media Group Says
newkerala.com

Geneva - More than 100 journalists were killed in 2010 while covering the world's trouble spots, with Mexico and Pakistan the most deadly places, an independent media group reported Monday.

World Tired of Paying Bill for US Military
The Real News Network

Michael Hudson: Major countries looking for alternatives to US dollar.

Will Bill Clinton Become Obama’s Salvation?
Doug Thompson

Clinton’s turning of the tables on Congress in '94 was a master touch by a political master and President Barack Obama, after getting burned in the 2010 mid-terms, appears ready to turn to the master for help in winning back the hearts and minds of the American voters.

UUs Arrested July 29th, 2010 – National Day of Non-Compliance
Enrique Morones

On July 29th, 2010, 29 Unitarian Universalists (UUs), many of them ministers, including the president of that denomination, the Rev. Peter Morales, were among more than eighty people who were arrested for civil disobedience during two days of non-violent protests.

Joe Biden Predicts Gay Marriage Will Win US Acceptance
Laurie Kellman

Vice President Joe Biden is predicting that the evolution in thinking that will permit gays to soon serve openly in the military eventually will bring about a national consensus for same-sex marriage.

Jihadist Issues Christmas Day Threat
Agence France-Presse

A “jihadist” in an audiotaped threat said fireworks displays will set off terrorist bombs in countries celebrating Christmas, the SITE monitoring group said.

New York Times Sues the NYPD
Doug Thompson

The New York Times has sued the New York Police Department, saying the department had routinely violated a state law that requires government agencies to provide information to the press and the public.

Obama's Weekly Address: Merry Christmas from the President & First Lady
The White House Blog

President Obama and the First Lady wish families across the country a “Merry Christmas” and encourage everyone to support the troops and their families this holiday season.

Pope’s Child Porn 'Normal' Claim Sparks Outrage Among Victims
Belfast Telegraph

Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict's claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn't considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.

As UN Probes Whether His Confinement is Torture, Bradley Manning Speaks
Sarah Seltzer

As the U.N. "special rapporteur on torture" begins to probe whether the brutal solitary confinement of Bradley Manning constitutes torture, the imprisoned "leaker" spoke to David House, one of the few people allowed to visit him.

Michael Whitney: Bradley Manning’s Detention
Laura Flanders

PFC Bradley Manning remains in solitary confinement despite not having been tried or convicted of any crime.

US Census Alters Political Landscape and Congressional Districts
The Real News Network

The Census Bureau has altered the nation's political landscape with its once-a-decade rearranging of congressional districts to reflect changes in the population.

Argentine Ex-Dictator Sentenced to Life in Prison
Michael Warren

Former dictator Jorge Videla was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for the torture and murder of 31 prisoners, most of whom who were "shot while trying to escape" in the months after his military coup.

The Army: Be All That You Can’t Know
Christine Armario & Dorie Turner

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can’t answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released this week.

Unseen Photos of Niagara Falls Without Water
Gizmodo

Roughly six million cubic feet of water tumble down the Niagara Falls every minute. But for a few months in 1969 the American falls were completely dry, and last year a Connecticut man found never-before-seen photos of the historic occasion.

Mexico Will Not Extradite Woman to US
UPI

A woman suspected of the hit-and-run killing of a Utah toddler has so far avoided extradition from Mexico to face prosecution, Salt Lake City officials said.

Death Penalty Less Common in US Now Than in 1990s, Report Finds
Warren Richey

The American justice system sent 114 convicted murderers to death row in 2010, continuing a decade-long trend that has seen the number of death sentences reduced from more than twice that level in the 1980s and 1990s, according to a year-end report released Tuesday by the Death Penalty Information Center.

As U.S. Becomes More Diverse, Hispanics Flourish
Tim Gaynor

Hispanics are breaking out of the traditional strongholds in the U.S. Southwest and are now making their homes in states where they never had much of a footprint before, according to data emerging ahead of this year's U.S. census data.

Guatemala Launches Siege to Reclaim Violent North
Juan Carlos Llorca

The Guatemalan government declared a state of siege in a province it said has become overrun by a Mexican drug-trafficking group, the latest sign that Mexico's powerful cartels have extended their reach into foreign lands.


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