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Brett Wilkins

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Jun 15, 2012
Expertise in Travel, Politics, Nightlife, clubbing, Food, dining & restaurants



DEA agents allegedly hosted cartel-funded orgies with prostitutes

Washington - Drug Enforcement Administration agents stationed abroad allegedly hosted sex parties with prostitutes reportedly funded with money from drug cartels, according to a newly-released Justice Department report.

Amnesty International: Palestinians committed war crimes in Gaza

The prominent international human rights group Amnesty International has accused Palestinians of committing war crimes during last year's war in Gaza.

Doctors' group says 1.3 million killed in U.S. 'War on Terror'

An group of international physicians' organizations has published a study concluding US-led wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan have killed more than 1.3 million people.

Indian Supreme Court strikes down 'Facebook' arrest law

New Delhi - In a landmark ruling affirming the right to free speech on the Internet, India's Supreme Court has struck down a controversial law under which police had the power to arrest people for comments they posted on social networks and other websites.

Why Ted Cruz is signing up for Obamacare

Republican Senator Ted Cruz, the Tea Party favorite who has made repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—aka Obamacare—a central pillar of his political raison d'être, is signing up for... Obamacare.

Federal judge orders release of thousands of torture photos

New York - A federal judge has ordered the release of nearly 2,100 photos showing the torture and other abuse of detainees, many of them innocent, imprisoned by the US military in Iraq and Afghanistan during the George W. Bush administration's 'war on terror.'

Bill introduced to force Air Force Academy cadets to swear to God

Washington - A Republican US congressman has introduced a bill that would force cadets at the United States Air Force Academy to acknowledge and swear an oath to the Abrahamic deity figure 'God.'

Muslims leaders partner with tech companies to counter militants

Los Angeles - Fearing that social media and other online recruitment activities are being used to lure young Americans into the ranks of Islamic State fighters, US Muslim leaders are teaming up with leading tech companies in a bid to fight extremism.

Rep. Louie Gohmert: 'It's Time to Bomb Iran'

Louie Gohmert, one of the most conservative and hawkish members of the US House of Representatives, wants to bomb Iran, and he wants to do it now.

'Sodomite Suppression Act' likely to advance in California

Sacramento - A California ballot proposition legalizing the murder of LGBT people is likely to advance to the signature-collecting stage, highlighting what critics call serious flaws in the state's democratic initiative process.

Texas Bar: Prosecutor hid evidence of executed man's innocence

Austin - The State Bar of Texas has filed a formal accusation of misconduct against a former prosecutor who allegedly withheld crucial evidence that could have proven the innocence of a man who was executed for murdering his three daughters in 2004.

San Francisco cathedral uses water to repel sleeping homeless

San Francisco - San Francisco's main Roman Catholic cathedral has installed a 'watering system' for homeless people seeking refuge in its doorway—not to quench their thirst, but rather to drench them as they sleep in a controversial effort to repel them.

Police: Mesa, Arizona shooting spree suspect in custody

Mesa - A police source says a suspect has been apprehended in connection with a deadly shooting rampage that left one person dead and five others wounded in Mesa, Arizona on Wednesday morning.

U.S. Presbyterian Church approves same-sex marriage

The largest body of Presbyterians in the United States has voted to change the definition of marriage in the church's constitution to allow same-sex marriage.

SFPD officers under investigation for racist, anti-gay texts

San Francisco - An investigation has been launched into racist and anti-gay text messages sent by four San Francisco police officers, and the city's district attorney has announced a review of every prosecution within the past 10 years involving the officers.

SXSW anti-robot protesters call for 'morality in computing'

Austin - Anti-robot demonstrators took to the streets of Austin, Texas during the popular South by Southwest culture and technology festival to protest the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and call for what they called "morality in computing."

ISC report: UK surveillance laws need total overhaul

London - A British parliamentary committee has issued a report concluding the legal framework regulating government surveillance is "unnecessarily complicated" and requires a total overhaul to remedy a lack of transparency.

Israeli Foreign Minister Lieberman: Behead disloyal Arab citizens

Herzliya - Israel's nationalist foreign minister has raised eyebrows and ire by calling for the beheading of Arab citizens who are disloyal to the Jewish state.

Tens of thousands of Israelis rally against Benjamin Netanyahu

Tel Aviv - Tens of thousands of Israelis filled Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Saturday to take part in a protest calling for a change of government ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections.

Man with no criminal record faces life in prison for gang signs

San Diego - A California man with no criminal record is facing a possible life prison sentence for posting Facebook photos in which he is seen flashing gang signs.
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