New York says breaks cigarette-smuggling ring linked to militants
Fifteen men of Palestinian origin have been arrested on charges of running a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring in New York, and New York authorities who announced the arrests on Thursday said several of the suspects have ties to Hamas and other Islamist militant groups.
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With #HonorYourMom, Samahope Wants To Fund Medical Treatments For Women In Need Around The World
This Sunday, there’s a lot you can do in honor of the woman who raised you. There’s TheMomtract, a project out of the ad agency Mother New York to give your mother authority back over some part of your life. There are flowers and promises to let fewer of her calls go to voicemail. But the San Francisco-based startup Samahope hopes that funds usually reserved for cross-state chocolate delivery might be used to finance medical treatments for women in need around the world. Its #HonorYourMom project is soliciting donations for medical treatments for women along with tweet-length anecdotes about participants’ own parents’ uniqueness. And while funding fistula repair surgery may not have been part of some users’ plans this year, the non-profit organization’s founders hope that it won’t take much convincing to think of the site, which aims to provide safe birth kits in a mom’s name. Samahope CEO Leila Janah is the founder of Samsource, a company that offers work opportunities on ...
Charges for Tunisian Accused in Bomb Plot
U.S. authorities filed visa-fraud charges against a Tunisian man who they allege was part of a plot disrupted last month in Canada to derail a passenger train traveling between Toronto and New York City.
Canada Sought to Deport Train-Plot Suspect
Canadian authorities tried and failed nearly a decade ago to deport Raed Jaser, one of the two suspects arrested this week in an alleged plot to derail train service between Toronto and New York City, according to official documents.
Governments' Attempts To Censor Google Have Doubled Since 2011
Governments, even democracies, are not always fans of transparency. According to Google’s brand new transparency report, “government attempts to censor content on Google services has grown”, doubling since the second half of 2012 (1,054 requests vs. 2,285). Brazil took the gold medal of the censorship olympics, with 697 requests, while the United States took 2nd place, with 321 requests. Google cites an aggressive anti-negative campaigning law for half of Brazil’s spike in censorship requests. Unlike America, Brazil attempts to clamp down on any campaigns that offend the “dignity” of candidates during an election. In the most extreme example, a Brazilian judge ordered the arrest of the head of Google’s Brazil operations and the complete shutdown of all of Google’s products unless it complied with an order to remove a YouTube video attacking a mayoral candidate. In typical corporate diplomacy speak, Google writes that it is ” appealing many of these cases, on the basis that ...