Despite portrayals of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being a rival to China's proposed Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP), the TPP is meant as a step toward the FTAAP.
The UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, is on track to have the largest carbon footprint of any UN climate conference to date.
The United Nations’ self-styled “International Criminal Court,” a would-be global judicial branch widely ridiculed as a kangaroo court because it doesn't adhere to Western judicial standards, is examining the actions of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan to determine whether a full investigation and possible prosecution is warranted, ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced with the release of an explosive report this week. Despite the fact that the U.S. government never ratified the agreement creating the UN “court,” the Hague-based body continues to act as if it has universal jurisdiction over every person on Earth — including Americans. According to an ICC report about its ongoing “preliminary examinations” of “international forces” in Afghanistan, with U.S. military members specifically cited for the first time, the ICC is focusing on allegations of detainee torture. In 2011, the ICC prosecutor also claimed to be probing the actions of U.S. forces in Libya.
Edward Snowden, who released a trove of NSA surveillance documents to journalists in 2013, was among those who received the Right Livelihood Award on Monday in Sweden's parliament.
The Right Livelihood Award is considered the “Alternative Nobel” by many who believe that the Nobel has become a politically motivated award.