The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.
Held for hours at secret Chicago ‘black site': ‘You’re a hostage. It’s kidnapping’
The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights. (Read more)
theantimedia.org | March 21, 2015
How GMO Feeds Junk Food Profits, Not the World
What is seriously troubling is that junk food companies target children, creating a GM-generation that is eating Bt corn and high fructose corn syrup by the bucket load. No wonder ‘fat’ children are seen as “an investment in future sales,” according to Tim Lobstein of the World Obesity Federation, a co-researcher on the Lancet series. (Read more)
Middle East & Africa
mintpressnews.com | March 26, 2015
New Age Of Water Wars Portends ‘Bleak Future’ For The Middle East
Behind the escalating violence in Iraq, Syria and Yemen, as well as the epidemic of civil unrest across the wider region, is a growing shortage of water.
New peer-reviewed research published by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) shows that water scarcity linked to climate change is now a global problem playing a direct role in aggravating major conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.
Numerous cities in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia are facing “short and declining water supplies per capita,” which is impacting “worldwide” on food production, urban shortages, and even power generation. (Read more)
Iran nuclear program
Tehran and world powers reach solutions on Iran nuclear program
Iran and international powers have reached “solutions on key parameters” of Tehran’s nuclear program following eight-day talks in Switzerland, according to a joint statement issued by the negotiators on Thursday.
During the media conference EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the deal achieved as a result of the talks creates the basis of a future comprehensive nuclear agreement between Iran and six powers which is to be concluded by a June 30 deadline. (Read more)