Legislative, Executive Branches In Death Heat Over Immigration Reform By Tawab Malekzad WASHINGTON (VR) — President Barack Obama, called on Congress April 17 to pass the immigration reform. “Right now what’s holding us back is House Republican leadership not willing to go ahead and let process more forward,” Obama said.
Unemployment in the US is Higher than Believed: Analyst By Sean Nevins WASHINGTON (VR) – Unemployment in the United States is much higher than the 6.7 percent reported by the Department of Labor in March 2014, since the statistic does not account for the people that have dropped out of the labor force because of discouragement, according to Robert Pollin, Co-director and Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
NHL 1-on-1: the Sergei Gonchar you never knew By David Kerans NEWARK-PHILADELPHIA-WASHINGTON (VR)— Actions speak louder than words, as the saying goes, and had you been standing in a broad corridor outside the visitors’ locker room in Newark’s Prudential Center on January 9, you would have witnessed a moment worth a thousand words.
Afghanistan’s Economy Sinks As Foreign Investment Drops By Tawab Malekzad WASHINGTON (VR)— The Asian Development Bank (ADB)’s Joji Tokeshi, who oversees the formulation and delivery of ADB's country partnership strategy and operational program for Afghanistan, on Wednesday, said that the economic growth of Afghanistan sank from 11.9% in 2012 to 3.3% in 2013. The percentage of foreign direct investment dropped while the inflation rate increased significantly according to Tokeshi.
Congressman Accuses USAID of Lobbying in Afghanistan By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (UN)– A U.S. lawmaker is accusing the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) of playing politics with Afghani lawmakers when Congress isn’t looking. Guy Taylor, a reporter for the Washington Times, broke the story. He says Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) isn’t using the word bribe. Still, Chaffetz says USAID has a $175 million slush fund that it uses to buy legislation in Afghanistan.
By Tawab Malekzad WASHINGTON (VR)– Immigration activists vowed to maintain their protests in front of the White House after President Barack Obama announced April 15 that he will not use his executive power to halt deportations. “This does not deter us,” said Jose Patino, a 25 year old Mexican immigrant from Houston, TX., whose family has also been affected by Obama’s deportation blitz. “My uncles were deported in 2011 and they lived in the United States for 8-10 years” he said.
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — The United States has released $450 million of previously frozen funds back to Iran in accordance with the Geneva Accord signed in November 2013."The two sides agreed that if Iran took certain steps in freezing its nuclear program in the state that it was at that time [the accord was signed] and the freeze was certified by the International Atomic Energy Agency, then the P5+1—the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany would also take a step to release Iran from some of the sanctions," explained Muhammad Sahimi, a professor at the University of Southern California who has spent the last two decades studying Iran.
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) — There is all kinds of things lurking in the fine print in the agreements most consumers sign all the time without a second thought, but these legal contracts can harm consumers, according to Theresa Amato, Executive Director of Citizen Works, a Washington, D.C., incorporated issue advocacy organization founded by Ralph Nader in 2001.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – South Carolina's Senate is proposing a law that would expand the state's Stand Your Ground law that protects citizens who use deadly force in the face of imminent danger or great bodily harm. The bill, "The Pregnant Women's Protection Act" extends that right to unborn fetuses from the moment of conception.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – Jury selection has begun for the upcoming trial in New York City of Abu Hamza, the British inflammatory preacher who is accused of being involved in the 1998 kidnapping of 16 Western tourists in Yemen, among other charges. Hamza was released from a British jail in 2012, after serving seven years from 11 counts associated with his terror inciting public speeches and handbooks found in his home.
By David Kerans and Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR)— Despoliation of the environment is big business, and where there is money, malfeasance will follow. Even without the gathering consequences of global warming, the natural world is under great stress, with everything from fisheries to wildlife to groundwater subject to contamination, cruelty, or extinction.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR) – Violence and murder is on the rise around Mexico City. It traces back to the drug trade, but does the story end with the gangs? Peter Watt, a co-author of “Drug War Mexico,” told VR violence is the “result of a climate of impunity in which violent crime goes largely unpunished.”
By Kells Hetherington WASHINGTON (VR) —The United States is ill prepared for an Electro Magnetic Pulse because the country's electrical grid is not hardened as the Shield Act has proposed, according JD Gordon, a Foxnews.com Contributor and a Senior Fellow at the Center for a Secure Free Society in Washington, D.C.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Leaders of the Russian Duma got a chance to speak directly to American reporters March 31 about the situation in Ukraine at a teleconference event held at the National Press Club in Washington DC. The well-attended event was represented from groups ranging from US News and World report to the Globalist.
A link between the end of US Ambassador McFaul's mission in Russia and the abortion of the so-called "reset" between Russia and the US is too far-fetched, the Russian ambassador in Washington Sergey Kislyak has told the Voice of Russia. Michael McFaul’s decision to go home came as a surprise, he said, but it has nothing to do with the "reset." Mr. Kislyak withheld any comment on the work of his US colleague but said he looked back at his time with McFaul while in the US administration as a very positive experience. The ambassador also shared his take on the upcoming Sochi Olympics.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)-- NATO announced on Tuesday that it was suspending civilian and military cooperation with Russia, in protest over the unification of Crimea with Russia. Tuesday marked the first time all foreign ministers of the 28-nation NATO alliance had gathered since the Maidan revolution in Kiev triggered the separation of Crimea from Ukraine, so the timing of the announcement does not come as a surprise.