Monday, April 20, 2015

Cancer

University of Colorado Cancer Center:

Book

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why
Foreign Governments and Businesses
Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich
Nonfiction book by Peter Schweizer
Publication Date: May 5, 2015

HarperCollins Publishers:
In 2000, Bill and Hillary Clinton owed millions of dollars in legal debt. Since then, they've earned over $130 million. Where did the money come from? Most people assume that the Clintons amassed their wealth through lucrative book deals and high-six figure fees for speaking gigs. Now, Peter Schweizer shows who is really behind those enormous payments. 
In his New York Times bestselling books Extortion and Throw Them All Out, Schweizer detailed patterns of official corruption in Washington that led to congressional resignations and new ethics laws. In Clinton Cash, he follows the Clinton money trail, revealing the connection between their personal fortune, their "close personal friends," the Clinton Foundation, foreign nations, and some of the highest ranks of government. 
Schweizer reveals the Clinton's troubling dealings in Kazakhstan, Colombia, Haiti, and other places at the "wild west" fringe of the global economy. In this blockbuster exposé, Schweizer merely presents the troubling facts he's uncovered. Meticulously researched and scrupulously sourced, filled with headline-making revelations, Clinton Cash raises serious questions of judgment, of possible indebtedness to an array of foreign interests, and ultimately, of fitness for high public office.

DRC

Voice of America:

Thailand

Voice of America:

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Book

The President and the Apprentice:
Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952-1961
Nonfiction book by Irwin F. Gellman
Available: August 25, 2015

Yale University Press:
More than half a century after Eisenhower left office, the history of his presidency is so clouded by myth, partisanship, and outright fraud that most people have little understanding of how Ike's administration worked or what it accomplished. We know — or think we know — that Eisenhower distrusted his vice president, Richard Nixon, and kept him at arm's length; that he did little to advance civil rights; that he sat by as Joseph McCarthy's reckless anticommunist campaign threatened to wreck his administration; and that he planned the disastrous 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. None of this is true. 
The President and the Apprentice reveals a different Eisenhower, and a different Nixon. Ike trusted and relied on Nixon, sending him on many sensitive overseas missions. Eisenhower, not Truman, desegregated the military. Eisenhower and Nixon, not Lyndon Johnson, pushed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 through the Senate. Eisenhower was determined to bring down McCarthy and did so. Nixon never, contrary to recent accounts, saw a psychotherapist, but while Ike was recovering from his heart attack in 1955, Nixon was overworked, overanxious, overmedicated, and at the limits of his ability to function.

Mexico

Associated Press (AP):

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Caribbean Sea

French customs agents seized more than two tons of cocaine from a sailboat in the Caribbean.

India

Times of India:

Friday, April 17, 2015

South America

Michael Purdy, Washington University School of Medicine: "Scientists have found antibiotic resistance genes in the bacterial flora of a South American tribe that never before had been exposed to antibiotic drugs. The findings suggest that bacteria in the human body have had the ability to resist antibiotics since long before such drugs were ever used to treat disease."

USA

U.S. Justice Department:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Texas

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operation officers working at the El Paso port of entry seized 1,365 pounds of marijuana Tuesday. The drugs have an estimated street value of $1,092,000. 
"Because of the complexity of the drug concealment it took CBP more than 12 hours to open and remove the drugs from specially built compartments," said CBP El Paso Port Director Beverly Good. "Smugglers spared no expense and went to great lengths to conceal this drug load." 
The events leading to the seizure began at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when a 1994 Peterbilt tractor towing a flatbed trailer entered the Bridge of the Americas commercial cargo lot from Mexico. The flatbed trailer was transporting six reels of wound cable. 
CBP officers selected the vehicle for an x-ray exam. The vehicle and commodity were scanned showing dense areas within the spools. CBP drug-sniffing dog "Bianca" searched the shipment and alerted to the large spools. 
CBP officers removed the cable from a spool and located a specially built non-factory metal compartment under the cable. CBP officers drilled into the compartment and retrieved a green substance which tested positive for marijuana. 
CBP officers removed the cable from all the spools. Each of the six spools was modified to include a metal compartment. High powered tools were used to cut open the metal compartments. CBP officers recovered a total of 641 marijuana-filled bundles from the compartments. The truck and trailer were seized. No arrest was made. The investigation continues.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Africa

Pew Research Center: "In a few short years, the proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age."

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spoiled Meat

From Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): "MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat."

Pennsylvania

U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania:

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book

Black  Dragon River: A Journey Down the Amur River
at the Borderlands of Empires
Nonfiction book by Dominic Ziegler
Publication Date: November 10, 2015

Penguin Group (USA) :
Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia's great rivers that reveals the region's essential history and culture. The world's ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to examine the societies at Europe's only borderland with east Asia. He follows a journey from the river's top to bottom, and weaves the history, ecology and peoples to show a region obsessed with the past — and to show how this region holds a key to the complex and critical relationship between Russia and China today. 
One of Asia's mightiest rivers, the Amur is also the most elusive. The terrain it crosses is legendarily difficult to traverse. Near the river's source, Ziegler travels on horseback from the Mongolian steppe into the taiga, and later he is forced by the river's impassability to take the Trans-Siberian Railway through the four-hundred-mile valley of water meadows inland. As he voyages deeper into the Amur wilderness, Ziegler also journeys into the history of the peoples and cultures the river's path has transformed. 
The known history of the river begins with Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongolian empire a millennium ago, and the story of the region has been one of aggression and conquest ever since. The modern history of the river is the story of Russia's push across the Eurasian landmass to China. For China, the Amur is a symbol of national humiliation and Western imperial land seizure; to Russia it is a symbol of national regeneration, its New World dreams and eastern prospects. The quest to take the Amur was to be Russia's route to greatness, replacing an oppressive European identity with a vibrant one that faced the Pacific. Russia launched a grab in 1854 and took from China a chunk of territory equal in size nearly to France and Germany combined. Later, the region was the site for atrocities meted out on the Russian far east in the twentieth century during the Russian civil war and under Stalin. 
The long shared history on the Amur has conditioned the way China and Russia behave toward each other — and toward the outside world. To understand Putin's imperial dreams, we must comprehend Russia's relationship to its far east and how it still shapes the Russian mind. Not only is the Amur a key to Putinism, its history is also embedded in an ongoing clash of empires with the West.