US wants extended access to Philippine bases – Manila

The United States wants to use Philippine bases for extended periods of up to 20 years, a Manila official said Saturday as the two sides are in talks on a wider US military footprint in Asia. The negotiations aim to allow more US troops, ships, aircraft and other equipment to pass through the Philippines, which…

Desperate Europeans Try to Sell Kidneys, Lungs

Lungs being offered for as much as $250K (Newser) – As Europeans grapple with economic misery, illegal organ sales are on the rise, with desperate sellers willing to part with kidneys, corneas, bone marrow, and even lungs. “When you need to put food on the table, selling a kidney doesn’t seem like much of a…

Water Torture, as American as Apple Pie

by Nick Turse What does it mean when torture, already the definition of “cruel,” becomes usual? Try to remain calm — even as you begin to feel your chest tighten and your heart race.  Try not to panic as water starts flowing into your nose and mouth, while you attempt to constrict your throat and…