Science & Medicine, Technology

Aetna to Launch CarePass APP to “Monitor” and “Encourage” Customers Behavior

This week Aetna will launch a smartphone App called CarePass.  CarePass will provide Aetna Inc. with health-tracking data that would allow them to “monitor customers and encourage healthy behavior”.  Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s magazine MIT Technology Review released a report titled “App Will Let Health Insurer Track Customer Behavior”.  The report said that “A smartphone app that launches this week gives the…

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Education & Society

A Brave New World: Preparing Our Children for a National Emergency. New York City Schools to Conduct Yearly “Lockdown Drills”. Training Begins this Summer for School Officials

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – It was reported last month by the New York Daily News that New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced that all schools will be required to “conduct lockdown drills each year”. Training will begin this summer according to the report: The policy revealed by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott in a letter to principals…

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Geopolitics, Global Economy

America’s Economic War on the People of Iran: Obama Signs Executive Order Targeting Iran’s Currency and Auto Industry

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The Nobel Peace Prize President recently signed another executive order targeting Iran’s currency, the ‘rial’ due to its nuclear program.  It is intended to make the Iranian people angry at the government for high food prices and an economy that is continuing to stagnate due to numerous sanctions imposed by the West, particularly…

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Geopolitics

A New “War on Drugs” in West Africa? Think Tank report says West Africa is a Drug Trafficking Hub

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News -In a report recently conducted by the Africa Center for Strategic Studies by Senior Diplomatic Advisor David E. Brown called “The Challenge of Drug Trafficking to Democratic Governance and Human Security in West Africa” wrote that “West Africa is under attack from international criminal networks that are using the sub-region as a key global hub…

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Science & Medicine

Monsanto Expands in the Caribbean: Puerto Rico is the Testing Ground

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – Monsanto is the global multinational corporation that has been expanding its operation in the Caribbean nation of Puerto Rico.  It has been using Puerto Rico as an experiment for its Genetically Modified Seeds (GMOs).  According to a 2011 report called “El experimento Caribeno de Monsanto” (Monsanto’s Caribbean Experiment) by the journalist Eliván Martínez for the Center…

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Colonialism & Occupation, World History

Puerto Rico’s Colonial Status and the U.S. Invasion

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – Puerto Rico was a Colony of the Spanish Empire for more than 400 years.  After the Spanish-American War of 1898 instigated by the ‘Remember the Maine’ incident, the United States declared Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the Philippines and Guam as its territories.  During the Spanish-American War, the invasion of Puerto Rico took place on…

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Technology

The Cashless Society Arrives in Africa, The “Multipurpose” Biometric National Identity Smart Card: Nigerian Government partners with MasterCard to launch “Multipurpose” National Identity Smart Card

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – It was recently announced at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa that MasterCard and the Nigerian National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) under the government of Nigeria would form a partnership to distribute a new identity card to every Nigerian citizen.  The purpose of the card is to have all Nigerian…

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Geopolitics

U.S. Marines Train German and Moroccan Troops How to Operate Drones in North Africa

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – Recently, U.S. Marines conducted a “small unmanned-flying vehicle familiarization course” in a military exercise that involved U.S. Moroccan and German militaries in a yearly exercise called Exercise African Lion 13 in Agadir, Morocco.  The German military participated in the exercise for the first time.  The exercise involved the RQ-11B Raven known as the…

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Geopolitics, Global Economy

New Sanctions Begin: South Korea’s Samsung announces its “online store” will not operate in Iran

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – Samsung, the South Korean multinational company headquartered in Seoul just announced that its online store will not operate in Iran as of May 22, 2013.  The Associated Press report titled ‘Samsung to block access to app store in Iran’ that “Iranian users of Samsung mobile applications said Thursday that the company had notified…

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Geopolitics

“Heading Towards a Collision Course”: Will Israel Attack Iran with America’s Blessing by the End of this Year?

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – The United States agreed to sell Israel $10 Billion worth of American military equipment for a future war with Iran.  Israel’s newspaper ‘Haaretz’ reported that Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin, the former director of Military Intelligence said “We are headed toward a collision course by the end of this year” in reference to…

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Geopolitics

Militarization of Africa: AFRICOM to Deploy “Rapid Reaction” Strike Force in Spain directed against West Africa

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News -In early April, The United States and the Spanish government agreed to station AFRICOM’s “Rapid Reaction” strike force to Moron de la Frontera air base for one year.  It involves 500 marines and 8 aircraft that will be used to respond to countries located in Northwest Africa.  According to the Associated Press on April…

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Geopolitics

Venezuela’s new leader plans to visit Moscow

Nikita Sorokin, The Voice of Russia – Venezuela’s new President will visit Moscow in early June. This might be trigger debate between skeptics and optimists who assess the prospects for Russian weapon export to Latin America. In the past seven years, Russia supplied a huge amount of various kinds of weapons, including fighter jets, artillery systems, mobile missile systems for…

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Geopolitics

Pentagon Seeks $395.9 Million from US Taxpayers to Buy Iron Dome Missile Defense Systems for Israel

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – Bloomberg news just reported that the pentagon seeks a total of $395.9 million for Israel’s missile defense systems.  The Pentagon and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) want to protect Israel against any potential missile attacks during war.  Last October, the U.S. and Israel had a joint air and missile defense exercise called the…

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Geopolitics, Media Analysis

AFRICOM Propaganda: ‘Hunting the World’s Most Wanted Warlord”: the Rebirth of Joseph Kony on US Network TV

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – This past Sunday, CBS aired a 60 Minutes program called ‘Hunting the world’s most wanted warlord: Joseph Kony.’  Joseph Kony is a man who correspondent Lara Logan said has existed for more than three decades as the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) that killed thousands of people and built an army…

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Geopolitics

New Economic Sanctions on Iran, Washington’s Regime Change Strategy

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – Since the Nuclear talks between Iran and the Western powers have failed, new proposals to enforce stronger economic sanctions on Iran are now in the works.  Bloomberg News reported that Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) said in a phone interview that “New measures under consideration will…

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