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After 20 years, hunt for fugitive Sicilian Mafia boss intensifies

Cosa Nostra boss Matteo Messina Denaro, believed to have killed 50 people, is protected by a network of family and allies, perhaps including corrupt officials. 

But investigators may be closing in.

A computer-generated image released in 2007 by Italian police depicts how fugitive Mafia boss Matteo Messina Denaro may have appeared more recently. Now 51, he has been on the run from authorities since 1993.(Alessandro Fucarini, Associated Press / April 6, 2007)

By Tom Kington, Los Angeles Times

June 15, 2013, 6:24 p.m.

ROME — Each day, Giacomo Di Giralomo makes a point of asking, "Where are you, Matteo?" on his talk radio show, which is broadcast across western Sicily.

It's a question that the police are asking with greater urgency as they seek Matteo Messina Denaro, the Sicilian Mafia's last fugitive godfather, a fixture on Top 10 lists of the world's most wanted for allegedly killing about 50 people and going on the run 20 years ago.

Known for his love of fast cars, women…

BIG BROTHER (Part II) : The Majority of Senate Skipped a Classified PRISM Briefing



3:18 PM ET

There was a classified meeting for Senators wanting to learn more about the National Security Agency's PRISM program from the top security officials, including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and NSA chief Keith Alexander, but attendance was sparse. 

Less than half of the Senate attended the meeting.

 "Only 47 of 100 senators attended the 2:30 briefing, leaving dozens of chairs in the secure meeting room empty," the Hill reports.

 The meeting was classified so we don't know who, exactly, decided to play hooky. The only senator who confirmed their attendance was Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein. She really had no choice, given her position, and she was furious about the low turnout.

 "It’s hard to get this story out. Even now we have this big briefing — we’ve got Alexander, we’ve got the FBI, we’ve got the Justice Department, we have the FISA Court there, we have Clapper there — and people are leaving…

BIG BROTHER : How to navigate the Internet around PRISM

SUNDAY, JUN 9, 2013 08:00 AM EDT

Google and YouTube may be under NSA surveillance, but you can still surf the web without Big Brother watching


(Credit: Annette Shaff/
This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.

Recently released National Security Agency documents indicate the U.S. government is “tapping directly into the central servers” of your favorite Internet services as part of a secret program called PRISM.

So much for those privacy policies, huh?

The Guardian and Washington Post revealed the stunning extent of the PRISM snooping operation: the NSA and FBI are monitoring Microsoft, Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Facebook, Skype, Apple, and others.

Those companies have largely denied the reports, saying they never allowed the government direct access to their servers. Government officials have admitted the program exists, however, and President Obama himself defended it as legal in a Friday morning press conference.

Naturally, privacy advocates are up in arms…

FOCUS ON RETAIL : Costco CEO Craig Jelinek Leads the Cheapest, Happiest Company in the World


By Brad Stone

June 06, 2013

How this week's cover got made

Joe Carcello has a great job. The 59-year-old has an annual salary of $52,700, gets five weeks of vacation a year, and is looking forward to retiring on the sizable nest egg in his 401(k), which his employer augments with matching funds. 

After 26 years at his company, he’s not worried about layoffs. In 2009, as the recession deepened, his bosses handed out raises. 

“I’m just grateful to come here to work every day,” he says.

This wouldn’t be remarkable except that Carcello works in retail, one of the stingiest industries in America, with some of the most dissatisfied workers. 

On May 29, Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) employees in Miami, Boston, and the San Francisco Bay Area began a weeklong strike. (A Walmart spokesman told MSNBC the strike was a “publicity stunt.”) 

Workers at an (AMZN) fulfillment center in Leipzig, Germany, also recently held strikes to demand higher pay and better benefits. (An Amazon spokesman sa…

Mango Dreams - A feature film set in India

by John Upchurch

A film about a Sikh with dementia, a Muslim with a rickshaw, and a thousand mile ride for peace.

A Sikh partition survivor with early onset dementia and a Muslim rickshaw driver who lost his wife in communal riots, come together for an unusual trek across India. On the way, they form an unlikely friendship and help each other find the peace they both have been longing for.

Mango Dreams is a heartwarming story about going home, making peace with your past, and finding hope in the future. 

The journey is sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, but always at its heart is a message of hope and tolerance.

Please be part of the making of this special film, either with your pledge or by asking your friends to pledge. And, please continue reading to learn more about the film, the great rewards, and how your pledge will be used. Thank you!

The Story

On June 3rd, 1947, the British announced the partition of India, and the life of six year old Amit Singh changed forever. Communal viol…

Así va la ranchificación del Hotel Macuto Sheraton (fotos + ¡qué vergüenza!)

junio 15, 2013 4:21 pm

El gobierno de Hugo Chávez tómo el control de las instalaciones del Hotel Macuto Sheraton (Caraballeda, Estado Vargas) con motivo al deslave del año 1999 ocurido en el Estado Vargas. 

Desde el año 2002 tiene la propiedad y custodia de esas instalaciones.

La historia del Hotel Macuto Sheraton (rebautizado como Gaicamacuto) es la historia de la “revolución socialista” de Hugo Chávez. Es también la historia de, por ejemplo, Sidor, el hotel Humboldt, de Cemex, Pdvsa, Alcasa, Ferrominera del Orinoco, Lácteos Los Andes, Agroisleña y de cientos de fracasos más. 

Es la historia del saqueo, el descuido y el desinterés del Estado, propietario de esos costosísimos activos.

Un presidente, dos gobernadores, alcaldes, seis ministros de Turismo han prometido recuperar el Hotel Macuto Sheraton y reabrirlo. 

Ninguno lo hizo o lo ha hecho. Lo que han logrado es demoler el 60% de su estructura original y desaparecer millones de bolívares utilizados en los innumerables planes de rehabi…

The $40 Billion Chinese Plan To Build A Waterway Across Nicaragua Sounds Ridiculous


MICHAEL KELLEY JUN. 13, 2013, 5:28 PM

An estimated path for the Nicaragua canal

Nicaragua has approved plans for a mysterious Hong Kong-based company to build an estimated $40 billion canal across the middle of the country, Luis Manuel Galeano and Michael Weissenstein of The Associated Press report.

The waterway, which would have to be roughly three times as long as the 50-mile Panama Canal, would be one of the largest infrastructure projects ever.

The plan has some serious detractors: Environmentalists say it would devastate Lake Nicaragua, the country's primary source of fresh water, while shipping experts say that it may be an economically unfeasible power play by China.

The company, HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. (HKND Group), has provided virtually no details about the canal and declined to comment to the AP on the record about its funding and backers.

The path would certainly cross Lake Nicaragua — meaning the water used by the cana…