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Decades After Disappearing From Australia, a CIA-Linked Fugitive is Found in Idaho

CIA fugitive bankerIt was one of the greatest disappearing acts of modern times. Amidst a swirl of allegations and rumors that the Nugan Hand bank was involved in arms smuggling, drug-running, and covert operations for the CIA, the institution’s American founder vanished from Australia. Thirty-five years later, that man, Michael Jon Hand, was tracked to a small town in Idaho where he has been living under the name of Michael Jon Fuller.

Hand was found by an Australian writer, Peter Butt, whose just-released book, “Merchants of Menace,” discloses Hand’s whereabouts after decades of mystery.


Egyptian journalist faces accusations by military

Egyptian milllitaryA colleague of a leading investigative journalist and human rights advocate says he is facing accusations from Egypt's military prosecutor.

Lina Attalah, the chief editor of independent news website Mada Masr, says on Twitter that Hossam Bahgat told her over the phone that he has been moved to military prosecution following hours of interrogation by military intelligence Sunday. She says the accusations against Bahgat remain unclear.


Michael Moore’s Gutsy New Film: Our Military Has Not Won a War Since World War II

Michael MooreMichael Moore is no stranger to controversy.  He has, after all, been threatened by Clint Eastwood—twice. And who could forget that notorious Michigan restaurant that banned him for a tweet critical of snipers? His new film, “Where to Invade Next,” promises to be his most controversial yet.

The controversy, though, is not what many of Moore’s viewers would immediately suspect.   Instead of focusing on what is wrong in our country, Moore uses the film to focus on what is right elsewhere.  Instead of pointing out our flaws, he imagines our possibilities.   And instead of wallowing in fear and panic, he offers practical ideas for productive change.


George Bush Sr book reveals a more dangerous Dick Cheney than anyone knew

GWBush and CheneyGeorge Bush the elder is not the first father to blame his son’s mistakes on the bad crowd he fell in with, and the counter to such paternal indulgence is always the same: the son has an important say on the friends he chooses, especially when he happens to be the US president.

The personal quotes in the new biography of George HW Bush, Destiny and Power: the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham, show he has neither given up his long struggle with English syntax, nor abandoned his protective feelings towards his son and successor in the White House.


Activists Pledge To Go After 'SNL' Advertisers Over Donald Trump Appearance

Dump Trump campaign at SNLSeveral dozen activists gathered Wednesday in front of NBC’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center demanding the network rescind an invitation to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to host “Saturday Night Live" on Nov. 7 and vowing to pressure the network's advertisers to join their cause.

Tweeting with the hashtag #RacismIsntFunny, activists handed off petitions bearing more than 500,000 signatures asking NBCUniversal to find another guest host for this week’s appearance, along with a letter to “SNL” Executive Producer Lorne Michaels and NBCUniversal President Steve Burke making the same demand.


U.S. women paid less in all industries, every level: report

women get less pay in USWomen in the United States are paid less for equal work than men in all industries and a new report released on Thursday showed the widest discrepancy in wages is between married men and women with children.

Fathers earned the highest overall median salaries at about $67,900, compared to $46,800 for married mothers, and single women with children had the lowest median salary at $38,200.


Snowden surveillance revelations drive UK and US policy in opposite directions

SnowdenWhile in the US modest attempts have been made to curb the NSA’s powers in the wake of the Edward Snowden surveillance revelations, the UK is going the other way.

The British government on Wednesday published draft legislation on surveillance, its response to the documents disclosed by Snowden to the Guardian two and a half years ago revealing the scale of snooping by the NSA and its British sister agency, GCHQ.


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