Years Of California Chemical Spills Lead To Settlement, Cleanup

Protesters in Kettleman City, Calif., rally about chemi […]

On Wednesday, operators of Chemical Waste Management, a toxic waste disposal facility near the San Joaquin Valley in California, agreed to pay $311,000 in fines for failing to report 72 hazardous materials spills over the last four years. Representatives from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control applauded the agreement,


Kerry Heads Home After Iraq, Afghanistan Visits

Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Paris, Tuesday […]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry headed for home Wednesday after making clandestine journeys to Iraq and Afghanistan, where he delivered a stern warning to Iraqi leaders about Syria and sought to patch up differences with Afghanistan's president. Kerry was flying back to Washington from Paris, having piggy-backed off President Barack Obama's


North Korea Puts Artillery Forces At Top Combat Posture

South Korean conservative activists burn cutouts of Nor […]

North Korea's military warned Tuesday that its artillery and rocket forces are at their highest-level combat posture in the latest in a string of bellicose threats aimed at South Korea and the United States. Seoul's Defense Ministry said it hasn't seen any suspicious North Korean military activity and that officials were analyzing the North's


Decades Of Failed Sanctions: Examining Ineffective U.S. Foreign Policy

In this Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 file photo, a member of t […]

In this Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 file photo, a member of the Iranian military takes position in a drill on the shore of the sea of Oman. During a graduation at Iran's main army academy, the country's leader effectively sketched out the Islamic Republic's tougher military posture. Iran's must never hesitate to display its power in a hard-edged world where the weak pay the price, he told the newly minted officers. Less than two months later, Khamenei's words were echoed by commanders who warned that Iran could block oil tanker shipping lanes in the Gulf in retaliation for sanctions and described foreign forces, including a recent visit by an U.S. aircraft carrier, as unwelcome interlopers in the region. (AP Photo/YJC, Mohammad Ali Marizad, File)

(MintPress) - "The United States will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state," said Tom Donilon, Obama’s national security advisor, last week. "Nor will we stand by while it seeks to develop a nuclear-armed missile that can target the United States." As the U.S. tightens the noose around Pyongyang, North Korean civilians continue to suffer


Knox Awaits Verdict From Italy’s Highest Court

This Nov. 2, 2007 file photo shows Amanda Marie Knox, o […]

Amanda Knox was "very anxious" as Italy's top criminal court heard arguments Monday from prosecutors appealing her acquittal in the murder of her roommate, her lawyer said. "She's carefully paying attention to what will come out," attorney Luciano Ghirga said as he arrived at Italy's Court of Cassation. "This is a fundamental stage. The trial is


What Happens If Cyprus Collaspes?

Protesters hold an EU flag during a protest outside the […]

What happens if Cyprus' banks collapse? If its government goes broke? If it leaves the euro? The European Union, the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the country's leaders are trying to find a deal to secure a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) loan for Cyprus and stave off a failure of its banking system. The Cypriot