The wealthy Asian city-state is experiencing a building boom—but for the migrants constructing its glittering high-rises, life can amount to indentured servitude.
For Zahir (not his real name), the wealthy city-state of Singapore was meant to be his chance to make it rich. The Bangladeshi was so convinced it would be worth his while to move there that he paid $8,000 to a training center in his home country for placement as an electrician with a construction subcontractor.It took him three years of hard work to earn that money back. Six years later, he finds himself laid low with multiple injuries from a workplace accident and an uncertain future.
Long before a nuclear deal was in reach, the U.S. was quietly lifting some of the financial pressure on Iran, a Daily Beast investigation reveals. How the sanctions were softened.
The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September.While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran—relief from crippling sanctions—began quietly and modestly five months ago. A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.
Pakistan’s waffling on the number of civilians killed in U.S. drone strikes underscores the need for more transparency.
Last week, the New York Times and other outlets ran a bit of head-scratching news about drone strikes. Pakistan’s Ministry of Defense had released new figures that sharply revised downward previous estimates of civilian casualties caused by the unmanned strikes. In a report to Pakistan’s parliament, the ministry said that out of 2,227 people killed in 317 drone strikes since the start of 2008, 67 of them, or 3 percent of the total, were civilians.
Nearly a decade after Mohammad Gulab and his fellow villagers rescued and protected wounded Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, they remain Taliban targets—but they’ve never regretted their kindness.
Nearly eight-and-a-half years after Mohammad Gulab and his fellow villagers harbored and saved the life of a gravely wounded U.S. Navy SEAL, they say they are still proud of their courageous action and would do it again in spite of the disappointments and troubles that have followed. In the face of point-blank Taliban threats to overrun the small village of Sabray in remote Kunar Province, along the porous and mountainous frontier with Pakistan, the villagers bravely protected, gave first aid to, fed, and clothed Marcus Luttrell, the wounded Special Warfare Operator, the only survivor of a four-man SEAL patrol.
After releasing Majid Tavakoli due to an outcry at home—and an article on The Daily Beast—Iran’s regime has quietly reimprisoned the famous dissident.
Last month, Iran’s foreign minister took to Facebook not once, but twice, to denounce me as a warmongering liar. Think of the absurdity. Iran is a nation of nearly 80 million people. Its economy is plummeting. Hundreds of political prisoners remain behind bars. Its nuclear program has led to crushing international sanctions and isolation. Yet somehow, the foreign minister found time to post two online rants in a single week targeting the head of a small, New York-based human rights organization.
Britain’s enraged spymasters, being questioned in public by Parliament for the first time, say that terrorists have been “lapping up” Edward Snowden’s revelations and finding new ways to communicate their plots.
Al-Qaeda operatives are “lapping up” the Edward Snowden revelations and transforming the way they communicate in order to avoid further monitoring by the NSA, according to British spymasters who were questioned in public for the first time on Thursday.During an historic session held at the Houses of Parliament in London, intelligence bosses emerged from the shadows furious at what they saw as a betrayal by the Western media, which has published details of the methods by which terrorist organizations are tracked.
A year ago, the rebels held the largest town in eastern Congo and had the upper hand. Today, their leader admitted defeat. What changed?
Good news is hard to come by in Congo, so no one should be surprised to see Congolese citizens dancing in the streets these days, overjoyed by their government’s rare battlefield victory over the reviled M23 rebellion. For the last year and a half, the M23 has destabilized wide swathes of eastern Congo, committing horrific atrocities in the areas it controlled. A huge opportunity exists now to build on the momentum of the M23’s demise by pivoting to inclusive regional and internal processes aimed at addressing the core drivers of violence that have condemned Congo to being the deadliest conflict in the world since World War II.
How a 22-year-old law student and five moderators have been using social media to track down news from the front lines in Syria—and scoop mainstream media.
On the afternoon of October 31, U.S. media outlets began reporting evidence of an Israeli airstrike targeting Hezbollah-bound missiles in Syria that occurred the night before. It was a big story—indicating that Israel was continuing to flout international law to prevent Hezbollah from getting weapons.But by the time the strike made headlines, it was not quite news for Christopher Kingdon, a 22-year-old law student in Cambridge, England, who had been following reports of the incident for nearly 24 hours, since he saw @RamiAlLolah’s tweet that Israeli jets had violated Lebanese airspace and that there was an explosion at an air defense base.
Emerging legislation from Republican Sen. Bob Corker could block Obama from easing sanctions on Iran and create tougher conditions for reaching an interim deal with Tehran.
On the eve of new nuclear negotiations with Iran, the top Republican senator on the Foreign Relations Committee is considering legislation that would prevent President Obama from loosening sanctions on the Tehran regime.“We’ve crafted an amendment to freeze the administration in and make it so they are unable to reduce the sanctions unless certain things occur,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) told The Daily Beast in an interview Wednesday. “They have the ability now to waive sanctions.
A pair of university students in England dressed as the Twin Towers on 9/11—and a won a local contest for it. Nico Hines on the backlash.
It was a Halloween blunder to put blackface in the shade. Two British students donned costumes of unprecedented stupidity last week during a fancy dress competition in northern England.The pair of university students have drawn universal condemnation since a photograph showing them dressed as the Twin Towers burning in the midst of the 9/11 attack was splashed on the front of the Sun newspaper in London on Wednesday. The horrifying costumes included flames bursting from the buildings and tiny falling figures which appeared to represent some of almost 3,000 people who lost their lives that day.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.