Edward Snowden Granted Asylum Extension

The Russian Foreign Ministry has extended Edward Snowden’s asylum until 2020. Snowden originally sought asylum in Russia in 2013, after he released thousands of documents related to American intelligence and surveillance operations to the press including the Guardian newspaper. Snowden’s lawyer said that he would have the opportunity to apply for Russian citizenship next year. Former CIA Director Michael Morell believed that Putin would hand … Continue reading Edward Snowden Granted Asylum Extension

London Elects First Muslim Mayor

London voters elected their first Muslim mayor. Sadiq Khan won the election Friday, receiving 44.2% to Conservative Party candidate Zac Goldsmith’s 35.6%. Khan, 45, is the son of a bus driver from Pakistan.  Khan was the bookmakers’ favorite to succeed flamboyant American-born Mayor Boris Johnson. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and other politicians congratulated Khan on Twitter. Sending congratulations to London's new Mayor and … Continue reading London Elects First Muslim Mayor

Supporters of radical cleric al-Sadr storm Green Zone

Al-Sadr supporters turned protesters stormed Iraq’s heavily fortified Green Zone on Saturday and later stormed into parliament. Supporters of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr have been holding demonstrations and sit-ins for months to demand an overhaul of Iraq’s corrupt and ineffective political system, but Saturday was the first time they broke into the Green Zone, home to most government ministries and foreign embassies. Iraq has been mired … Continue reading Supporters of radical cleric al-Sadr storm Green Zone

Law Enforcement raid Mossack Fonseca

Law enforcement in Panama raided the offices of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the “Panama Papers” leak. Authorities were looking for evidence of money laundering and financing terrorism. A half dozen police officers set up a perimeter around the offices while prosecutors searched inside for documents. Shortly after news reports based on a trove of documents from the firm began emerging … Continue reading Law Enforcement raid Mossack Fonseca

American names surface in Panama Papers

Hundreds of American executives have been identified in the Panama Papers including some who have been accused or convicted by U.S. authorities for ties to Ponzi schemes. The identities of the Americans emerged from the treasure trove of documents obtained by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the U.S.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and hundreds of other media organizations. Perhaps few Americans used Panama to … Continue reading American names surface in Panama Papers

American sentenced to 15 yrs of hard-labor in N. Korea

 PYONGYANG, March 16, 2016 – A University of Virginia student has been sentenced by North Korea’s Supreme Court to more than 15 years of hard labor. Otto Warmbier, a 21-year-old U.Va. undergraduate hailing from Wyoming, Ohio, was arrested in January for allegedly “perpetrating a hostile act” against the regime. Warmbier was convicted and sentenced Wednesday in a one-hour trial. Prior to the court date, he made a … Continue reading American sentenced to 15 yrs of hard-labor in N. Korea