The Ethiopian military and paramilitary forces, operating in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, are, it is alleged, carrying out extra judicial killings and gang rapes; falsely arresting and torturing innocent civilians; looting and destroying villages and crops in a systematic attempt to terrify the people. This is the consistent message coming out of the region and from those who have fled persecution and are now in the world’s largest refugee camp, in Dadaab, Kenya. Continue reading →
Fracking—the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce water-based recreational and sports activity, and lead to an increase in the cost of food.
The cocktail soup required for each well requires about two million pounds of silica sand, as much as 100,000 gallons of toxic chemicals, and three to nine million gallons of fresh water. There are more than 500,000 active wells in the country.
The ex-CIA man who blew the lid off America’s vast NSA public surveillance net – is promising more explosive revelations. Edward Snowden’s supporters are mobilizing too – with tens of thousands signing a petition to pardon the whistleblower. With us now, a man who knows what it’s like to blow the whistle in a big way, and incur the wrath of Washington – Julian Assange. He joins talks to RT via broadband from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Hundreds of Turkish police have stormed Istanbul’s Taksim Square, the site of ongoing demonstrations against the government. Demonstrators were seen in intense clashes with police. Al Jazeera’s Hashem Alhelbara reports from Istanbul.