US ‘dark money’ groups behind Mississippi abortion case spend millions overseas

Groups behind a Supreme Court test case that threatens the constitutional right to abortion in the US are targeting Europe and Latin America too US conservative groups behind a Supreme Court legal battle that could shape the future of American abortion rights have spent at least $28m around the world between 2016 and 2019 on campaigns against women’s andContinue reading “US ‘dark money’ groups behind Mississippi abortion case spend millions overseas”

Mexican president floats global anti-poverty plan in U.N. speech

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday pitched a global anti-poverty plan that seeks to uplift some 750 million poor people who live on less than $2 a day and would be financed largely by rich. In a speech to the United Nations, Lopez Obrador stressed that the plan could give the world’s poorContinue reading “Mexican president floats global anti-poverty plan in U.N. speech”

Let’s talk about public health at the border and inconsistency – Beau of the Fifth Column

Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime

Russia was not invited to attend a 30-country virtual meeting led by the United States that is aimed at combating the growing threat of ransomware and other cyber crime, a senior administration official said. Many ransomware gangs operate from Ukraine and Russia, private sector cybersecurity experts say. Some U.S. officials and analysts have said RussianContinue reading “Russia excluded from 30-country meeting to fight ransomware and cyber crime”

Texas has raised $54 million in private donations for its border wall plan. Almost all of it came from this one billionaire.

Timothy Mellon is the Wyoming-based grandson of banking tycoon Andrew Mellon. He is responsible for nearly 98% of the donations to Texas’ border wall fund. An out-of-state billionaire who has previously bankrolled attempts to defend controversial immigration laws is responsible for nearly all the donations to Gov. Greg Abbott’s $54 million border wall fund. A member of oneContinue reading “Texas has raised $54 million in private donations for its border wall plan. Almost all of it came from this one billionaire.”

Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world

Worldwide deaths related to COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, with unvaccinated people particularly exposed to the virulent Delta strain. The variant has exposed the wide disparities in vaccination rates between rich and poor nations, and the upshot of vaccine hesitancy in some western nations. More than half of allContinue reading “Global COVID-19 deaths hit 5 million as Delta variant sweeps the world”

2 Columbus police narcotics officers charged with distributing fentanyl, taking bribes

Two Columbus police narcotics officers were arrested Tuesday after they were charged by federal investigators with distributing kilograms of fentanyl, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Marco Merino, 44, of Columbus and John Kotchkoski, 33, of Marengo are accused of distributing nearly eight kilograms of fentanyl, a spokesperson for the DOJ said in aContinue reading “2 Columbus police narcotics officers charged with distributing fentanyl, taking bribes”

Texas Republican congressman says the Border Patrol agents filmed whipping at Haitian migrants are ‘doing God’s work’

Rep. Tony Gonzalez defended US Border Patrol agents who were filmed whipping at Haitian migrants.  The Texas Republican said the agents were “doing God’s work fighting everything they can.”  The Department of Homeland Security has opened an investigation into the treatment of the migrants.  Rep. Tony Gonzalez, a Texas Republican, defended US Border Patrol agentsContinue reading “Texas Republican congressman says the Border Patrol agents filmed whipping at Haitian migrants are ‘doing God’s work’”

Border Patrol Agent on Horseback Filmed Whipping Haitian Asylum Seekers

A video showing Border Patrol officers on horseback using ropes to whip at Haitian migrants attempting to cross the Rio Grande has garnered a strong reaction from the Biden administration and other politicians. Asked about the disturbing footage, which also shows agents charging and grabbing at asylum seekers, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki called theContinue reading “Border Patrol Agent on Horseback Filmed Whipping Haitian Asylum Seekers”

European Union-style bloc pitched for Latin America, Caribbean

Latin American and Caribbean nations should aspire to a bloc like the European Union, Mexico’s president and other leaders said at a summit on Saturday, in a bid to wrest influence away from the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS). For years, a few of the region’s leftist standard-bearers who attended the gathering of theContinue reading “European Union-style bloc pitched for Latin America, Caribbean”

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