GCHQ's eavesdropping HQ in Cheltenham - Photo: http://news.sky.com
The US government has paid at least £100m to the UK spy agency GCHQ, over the past three years, according to documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The payments were made to secure access to Britain's intelligence gathering programmes, according to the documents viewed by The Guardian newspaper.
The revelations have emerged after Snowden was granted a year's asylum in Russia following more than a month inside an airport terminal.
The fugitive left Moscow airport in a taxi, although his... Read More
During the fun, exciting world of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, working with a Public Relations firm had me buzzing between Fashion Shows at Lincoln Center, Chelsea Piers, The Standard and Milk Studios. In addition to managing the fast paced, day time madness of juggling press and my camera equipment during Fashion Week. My evenings would be spent hosting consecutive charity events to promote causes such as, www.CurvesforChange.com annual New York City run-a-thon benefiting www.Somaly.org , www.KomeraProject.org and another great non-profit www.OneSandwichAtATime.com during the Opening Art Showcase... Read More
When the white smoke billowed in St. Peter’s Square, concluding one of the oldest spectator sports (until the next conclave), and when the humble man dressed in plain white raised only one hand to the masses on what was the greatest day in his life, I knew that something different was in the works.
Will Francis follow the way of his predecessor from Assisi? Can the meek and humble lead the political and conniving? Even Jesus tried and paid for it with his life. The Church has been described in many ways, and the one that sticks in my mind is, “It’s like concrete, all mixed up and fixed... Read More
One billion. What could you do with one billion of something? Of anything? Partners of the Heart (POTH) wants to collect this many happy stories and share them with the world! Look around you, in your home, at your neighbors and friends, and on your block. Is there a happy story?Look around you, in your home, at your neighbors and friends, and on your block. Is there a happy story?
Think about what you would do with a dollar. Perhaps you could buy a burger from a dollar menu at the fast food restaurant. Maybe it could buy a candy bar. You could trade it in for one hundred pennies and... Read More
Those who are living in absolute poverty, life can be so villainous. Millions of people die, due to hunger. There is no need of concentration camps and no need of gas chambers...They will vanish due to hunger. They are everywhere...They are strewn all over; on pavements...footpaths...subways...near the gutter...under the bridge...in open ground... in desert...in plains....in mountains. They are out there with no one to take care. They are rotting...they are dying over there, in those killing fields, where people in abject poverty trying hard to live. The hungry masses in rain...in scorching... Read More
Why is that, when we celebrate victory over the evils, we tend to overlook the worse carnage undertaken by the victorious army. Many disturbing facts of the history kept concealed from the public glare. Why that brutality of conquerors over the conquered did not find mention in the print and electronic media…Why it was not considered then, as a matter of prime concern, when thousands of people, of specific ethnic group, were hounded, massacred, tortured and their women raped. Where were the champions of peace, then? I must say, they were all so busy in celebrating the victory. In the close... Read More
Last week, just before Valentine’s Day, North Korea carried out its latest nuclear test. In a way this was a greeting to the world, or at least to the United States. It was meant to convey one core message: all members of the Axis of Evil are equal, but some are more equal than others.
This test comes almost ten years after the invasion of Iraq in March 2003. It’s time, I think, to recall the words of Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State – “The message out of Iraq is that if you don’t have nuclear weapons, you get invaded. If you do have nuclear weapons, you don’t get... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!
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