Amazon dodges India rules, Monsanto in Mexico, would-be attack in Libya, right-wing extremism

Amazon documents reveal company’s strategy to dodge India’s regulators

Reuters citing hundreds of internal Amazon documents.

The documents lay bare that for years, Amazon has been giving preferential treatment to a small group of sellers on its India platform, publicly misrepresented its ties with the sellers and used them to circumvent increasingly tough regulatory restrictions here.

Monsanto owner and US officials pressured Mexico to drop glyphosate ban

The Guardian citing emails from the Office of the US Trade Representative and other US agencies.

The emails reviewed by the Guardian come from the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) and other US agencies. They detail worry and frustration with Mexico’s position. One email makes a reference to staff within López Obrador’s administration as “vocal anti-biotechnology activists”, and another email states that Mexico’s health agency (Cofepris) is “becoming a big time problem”.

Blueprint for a raid: Documents shed light on plan to buy U.S. helicopter gunships for assault on Tripoli

The Washington Post citing internal documents including a status report.

In a status report, a commando team member described the helicopters as packed up and waiting to be loaded onto planes bound for Libya. “Can be operational in seven days." Only a last-minute intervention by Jordanian officials prevented the gunships’ departure for Benghazi.

Feds now say right-wing extremists responsible for majority of deadly terrorist attacks last year

Yahoo News citing an internal report circulated by the Department of Homeland Security.

The U.S. government is acknowledging for the first time that right-wing extremists were responsible for the majority of fatal domestic terrorist attacks last year, according to an internal report circulated by the Department of Homeland Security last week and obtained by Yahoo News.


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