U.S. Treasury Authorizes Assistance for Iran Earthquake Victims

By MacKenzie C. Babb
Staff Writer
The U.S. Treasury Department has lifted restrictions to make it easier for American nongovernmental organizations to offer financial aid to earthquake victims in Iran. “The United States has made it clear that it would offer
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Reporters Band Together, or Not, to Uncover Corruption

This article is part of the eJournal USA issue "Partnerships Against Corruption."
By Andrzej Zwaniecki In 2010, seven reporters based in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the United States set out to report on offshore tax havens. The investigative effort was put together by the Organized Crime and

Russia Joins the WTO

Michael McFaul U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation "Today is an historic day for Russia as it becomes the 156th member of the World Trade Organization. It’s the culmination of over 18 years of negotiations and hard work and brings one of the world’s largest economies rightly into (more...)

Weather Causes Rise in Food Prices

By Kathryn McConnell
Staff Writer
Weather problems in major agricultural areas of the United States, Russia and Brazil led to a 6 percent rise in global food prices in July after three months of decline. Prices remain volatile, according to the United Nations agency that tracks food prices. The July (more...)

Advoctes Raising Human Trafficking Awareness Through Billboards

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today teamed up with human trafficking advocates and concerned corporate partners to announce the launch of a new, statewide human trafficking awareness billboard campaign. More than 50 billboards around the state will promote the National Human Trafficking Hotline, (more...)

U.S. Pledges More Aid, Continued Support for Syrian People

By MacKenzie C. Babb
Staff Writer
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced the United States will contribute an additional $5.5 million to support the more than 140,000 people who have fled Syria’s ongoing violence. “With these contributions, the United States is now providing nearly $82 million for food, (more...)

Romney Picks Conservative Paul Ryan as Running Mate

The Republican Party’s presumed presidential nominee, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, has picked Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his vice presidential nominee. Having Ryan on the Republican ticket will focus much of the remaining U.S. presidential campaign on the competing economic visions between Romney and (more...)

Pro-Pussy Riot Concert in Washington D.C.

On August 10th, by the entrance of the Russian Embassy in Washington, D.C., groups Brenda, Mobius Strip, and Sad Bones held a concert in sympathy with Russian punk-band Pussy Riot, whose three members have been imprisoned for almost half a year after their now worldly known punk-prayer at Moscow Cathedral (more...)

Gunman Shoots Dead Two & Injures Several In Texas

A police constable and a civilian were killed when a gunman opened fire Monday near the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station city, according to news agencies. Several others have been admitted to hospital after being wounded in the shooting. The gunman died after a gunbattle with (more...)

Mitt Romney Wikipedia Entry Locked Down

The Wikipedia pages of US presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other members of the Republican party who may run alongside him have been locked down. Wikipedia has put a silver padlock icon on the top right hand side of their entries. This means that anonymous users cannot make editorial (more...)

No Place for Stash When Crime Fighters Cooperate

This article is part of the eJournal USA issue "Partnerships Against Corruption."
By Christopher Connell Corruption has no borders, and corruption-related problems concern rich and poor countries alike. “You cannot deal with it just by pointing fingers at the developing world,” said Adrian Fozzard, director of the Stolen Asset Recovery

Broken Promises, U.N. Inaction Doomed Annan’s Syria Mission

The Obama administration praised the efforts of Kofi Annan, the outgoing joint special envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League for the Syria crisis, but officials also said Annan’s efforts could not succeed because the Syrian government would not honor its promises, and the (more...)

Transnational Crime: Challenge for All

This article is part of the eJournal USA issue "Partnerships Against Corruption."
By Louise Shelley Organized crime cannot function without corruption of officials. Transnational crime syndicates need to “buy” customs officials, border officials and sometimes consular officials to facilitate drug or human trafficking, firearms smuggling or other

Who Are You, ‘The Dark Knight’?

Mayor Michael A. Nutter released the following statement on the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado: “My most heartfelt condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims of this terrible act of violence.  My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Aurora, and all of (more...)

Russian, Chinese Veto of Syria Resolution “Deplorable,” Rice Says

By Stephen Kaufman
Staff Writer
Russia's and China’s veto of a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria that would have imposed Chapter 7 consequences for failing to implement a U.N. peace plan is “dangerous and deplorable,” said U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. Susan Rice, and it marks the (more...)