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Top News: Politics

Op-Ed: U.S. opens relations with Cuba after 53 years Special

Havana - President Barack Obama’s administration and Havana announced Wednesday that they were opening relations after 53 years. Some, but not all political prisoners were being released, including American Alan Gross, whose case had drawn wide attention.

Op-Ed: Bah Humbug! The economy of 2014 in a nutshell

As 2014 comes to a close, new studies conclude what we already knew: the middle class is steadily disappearing and the rich are getting richer. What’s worse, this trend is apparently endemic to our economic system, and there is no end in sight.

Torture memo author John Yoo admits CIA may have gone too far

John Yoo, the former Justice Department lawyer who authored a series of notorious memos cited by the Bush administration to justify the torture of terrorism detainees, acknowledged on Sunday that the CIA may have broken the law.

NYC police tell De Blasio to stay away from their funerals

New York City - New York City's cops don't want Mayor Bill De Blasio coming to their funerals if they die in the line of duty. The Patrolman's Benevolent Association has been distributing fliers that say: "DON'T LET THEM INSULT YOUR SACRIFICE'

Op-Ed: Southern Syria a different story from the media narrative Special

Most of the media focus on Syria these days is to do with the violence of Islamic State. They control large areas in the north and east of the country. In the south however, there is a different situation.

Protesters sound off in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley

San Francisco - Thousands of Californians returned to the streets of San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley on Saturday in a show of support for larger protests against recent shootings of unarmed black men by police in other states.

Op-Ed: Dismal New Year's for Putin

Moscow - Perhaps it’s a good thing that Russia’s government is calling off New Year’s Eve parties. They probably would fizzle. Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine adventures have led to the price of condoms and hookers rising.

Congress gives sacred Native American land to mining company

San Carlos - Attached to the 2015 defense spending bill approved by the United States Senate on Friday is a provision giving sacred Native American land to a foreign mining company partnered with the government of Iran.

Pastor dresses horse in wedding gown, compares it to gay marriage

A Mississippi pastor dressed a horse in a wedding gown and stood in front of the Jackson, Miss. federal courthouse with signs protesting gay marriage Friday. He was protesting a federal judge having struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.

Native Americans can now grow, sell pot on reservations in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Thursday that Native American tribes will now be able to grow and to sell marijuana on their lands. Even if the state the tribe is in has not legalized marijuana tribes will not be held to that state's laws.

Richmond, California police chief joins anti-brutality protesters

Richmond - As images and accounts of civil disobedience and violence at Berkeley, California police brutality protests make national headlines, the police chief of a nearby East Bay city is in the news for joining protesters there.

Canada's High Court upholds officers' warrantless cell searches

Ottawa - In a narrow ruling, The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld warrantless searches of suspects' cell phones by police officers.

Op-Ed: Pyschologist contractors and CIA torture

Washington - Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell were pyschologists who were hired as private contractors by the CIA to plan and develop methods to get terror suspects to talk.

Rally demands the federal government support refugee claimants Special

Edmonton - December 10 was International Human Rights Day, which was chosen by several organizations to hold a rally to call for Canada's federal government to support refugee claimants.

Op-Ed: Congress should adjust federal spending and give pension bailouts

Pensions are in trouble in the United States, and Congress is poised to pass a spending bill allowing a reduction in pension benefits for millions of workers. This is outrageous.

Op-Ed: The U.S government’s history of violently suppressing protest

Washington D.c. - Without resisting the laws forced onto them by the British, America wouldn’t exist. The dissent that built a nation is still strong among those protesting police brutality, but as history shows, the attack on protest by the U.S government is not rare.

Croatian Elections: Interview with President Dr. Ivo Josipovic Special

Zagreb - Presidential elections are due in Croatia at the end of December and Digital Journal meets incumbent President Ivo Josipovic, who is seeking a second term.

Politician claims more and more people having DIY funerals

London - A politician has claimed that families are having to bury their dead relatives in their gardens as the rising cost of funerals has forced them to take extreme measures.

Op-Ed: Colorado jury blames cops

Cortez - A Colorado jury has shown that cops should not be so sure they can do anything they want. It acquitted a man of assault and resisting arrest after he was jailed for 297 days on $300,000 bail.
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