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14 Year Old Child Bride Facing Death Penalty for Murdering Husband -

Saturday, November 29, 2014

BREAKING: New Coal Disaster In West Virginia -

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

U.S. Hostage Freed by Colombia’s FARC Rebels (Video) -

Monday, October 28, 2013

Here’s Why The Zimmerman Verdict Matters -

Sunday, July 14, 2013

BREAKING! UK Government Spied On Allies At TWO G20 Summits (Video) -

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike -

Monday, June 10, 2013

American Woman Killed in Syria Fighting for Terrorists, Syrian TV Claims (Video) -

Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

North Korea Says Time to Settle Accounts with USA

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Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s young leader, is not pleased about the UN sanctions imposed on his country after North Korea carried out another nuclear test in February. The country conducted two other tests before, one in 2006 and another in May 2009. Jong Un is not so happy about the annual South Korea-US military drills either, which are conducted each year and run until the end of April. Pyongyang is threatening dire consequences for both South Korea and the United States. North Korea’s official media, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), reported on Friday that Jong Un ordered military officials…

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Former DOJ Chief Rehired by Big Bank Law Firm

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Former Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, Lanny Breuer, is returning to his roots. According to the New York Times article titled “Once More Through the Revolving Door for Justice’s Breuer”, Breuer is rehired by the Covington & Burling, a law firm known for defending financial clients facing Federal scrutiny such as Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo & Co. Prior to joining to DoJ, Breuer was a partner and co- chairman at the Covington & Burling, from 1989 until 1997. Breuer who failed to criminally prosecute any Wall Street…

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Suspended Coffee: A Simple Way to Pay it Forward

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Yesterday, a friend of mine had shared a link on Facebook about “suspended coffee” which led to an article in The Examiner, “’Suspended coffee’ movement ignites widespread interest.” What is this all about I wondered? The featured picture in the article was of a disheveled  man in a café. Accordingly, I assumed this was a sentimental Horatio Alger type story about some miraculous event that had happened to a poor person, such as finding a one thousand dollar bill, inheriting  a million dollars or winning the lottery. This type of  story seems to pervade the Internet, along with memes of…

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A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching

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In most nations, citizens do not give second pause to the ever-present flow of daily information. To the rights and privileges that come with a free press. “News”. It is something that perhaps Americans take for granted every day. Gadgets, phones and laptops ablaze. It is constant, what is readily available to us for daily consumption. It exposes all that is there to be exposed; the good, bad, shameful and hideous. In other countries, there is little-to-no information permitted, in fact, laws on the books outright barring the flow of this information. A most cruel (yet easy) way for governments…

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Arms Trade Treaty Blocked by Iran, Syria and North Korea, for Now.

On Thursday March 28th, Iran, Syria and North Korea blocked the adoption of the first international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global arms trade when diplomats from 179 countries were ready to approve the text. But there is still hope for it yet. Consensus on the text of the treaty was a rule required by the negotiating conference. This disagreement resulted in the treaty text needing to be put before the UN General Assembly for approval. It could be as early as this coming Tuesday that the UN General Assembly will take up the text, most likely in current…

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Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar

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(Author’s Note: Over the past month, violence and ethnic cleansing has wracked the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, also formerly known as Burma, leaving thousands displaced and hundreds, possibly thousands dead. Though conventional media have been largely lax in their coverage of it, the independent media, such as The Progressive Press and Vice, with the help of bold journalists in the field, as well as networks such as EndGenocide.org, Anonymous and SavetheRohingya, have managed to bring greater attention to the plight of the Rohingya, as well as ethnic Muslims throughout Myanmar. We will continue to cover the story as it…

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War on Terror or Corporate Global Domination

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Written by guest author: Pat Grayson It’s a fact that the USA has military bases in hundreds of countries around the world that do not need military protection, and many no longer want American military presence. But powerful corporations want our international presence to continue because they are making loads of cash. The USA has the capacity to blow up the Earth many times over. Is there any need to have such a multitude of nuclear weapons? The answer is corporations made loads of profits when they manufactured over 5,000 nuclear war heads and the missiles to deliver them. Do…

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China’s Takeover of South America

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According to China Times Magazine, China will replace the European Union as South America’s most important trading partner by 2015. Currently, Asia accounts for more than 25% of South America’s total trade. With poverty levels dropping to their lowest in 20 years in the region, Latin America is fast becoming an open market for both investors and consumers. As Europe and USA battle with political and economic turmoil, they are falling behind in taking advantage of South America’s ongoing development. In addition, China’s swift industrial growth is causing the country to be in a perpetual quest for natural resources such…

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A ‘Smart City’ or the ‘Matrix’?

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Cities are rapidly becoming engulfed in the technological revolution which is advancing at “warp speed”, rocketing the entire globe out of the post-industrial age into the emerging Information/Hyper-Global Age. The ability for the complex networked structures of a city (government, services, institutions, residents etc.) to effectively utilize its human capital, connect with the global economy, collaborate and use its infrastructure is becoming essential for its future welfare. This is being facilitated by the burst of technological devices and the Internet. In the Information Age, the most connected cities are becoming the most dominate, resting on their financial capability, their human…

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Socrates, Standing and Same Sex Marriage

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While baseball begins in about a week, and the Standard & Poor’s is tipping an all-time high, millions of eyes, gay and straight, devoted, detached and disgusted, are peering instead at the United States Supreme Court, that institution representing the first among equals in our three-branch Republic. As we can’t expect rulings on the marriage equality cases before the Court this week until sometime shortly before the All-Star break, the following will optimistically serve to gently prognosticate and bring some order to what gives in the Court. Here Comes Old Socrates Socrates haunts every courtroom, law school and kitchen table…

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Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms

Activists the world over are voicing outrage and calling for action, regarding a new wave of genocidal violence, which is expected to begin shortly in Myanmar. Anonymous, along with others, are planning another round of demonstrations and “twitterstorms” to demand media and governmental attention be drawn to the atrocities, which have thus far gone largely unreported by mainstream Western media outlets. Panic and terror are gripping Muslims throughout Myanmar today, as rumors and official warnings of further escalations of ethnic violence and genocide circulate throughout the country. Yesterday, military authorities were reported to have ordered the Rohingya village of Paikthe…

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The Gays Are Coming To Take Your Guns: Rational Inquiry Into Prop 8 And DOMA

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“We are not endeavoring to chain the future, but to free the present. We are not forging fetters for our children, but we are breaking those our fathers made for us. We are the advocates of inquiry, of investigation and thought. This, of itself, is an admission that we are not perfectly satisfied with all our conclusions.” – Robert Ingersoll FEAR AND FAIRNESS As fallible human beings, we are typically guided by either fear or fairness. Fairness is an inherently American concept that has animated and defined our country from inception. We care deeply about fundamental fairness. And what is…

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Immigrant Detainees Held in Solitary Confinement for Weeks (Video)

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According to a New York Times report, new federal data shows that about 300 immigrants are held in solitary confinement each day at detention facilities overseen by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, throughout the country. Half are held in isolation for 15 days, and about 10 percent are held for up to 75 days, a period which psychiatric experts say can cause serious mental damage. The report says the US has the highest rates of solitary confinement out of all democratic states. There were varying reports for why these immigrants were held, usually because of violation of facility…

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Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU

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Struggling European Union member country Cyprus reached a last-minute deal on Monday morning with the international lenders, to shut down its second-largest bank in return for a €10 billion ($13 billion) bailout. Critics say the deal would inflict heavy losses on uninsured depositors that include a large number of wealthy Russians. After charged negotiations between the Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the heads of the European Union, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank, an agreement emerged to avert a collapse of the banking system – hours before the deadline. This agreement is aimed at preventing the…

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Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide

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Human rights advocates throughout the globe are working overtime today to draw attention to the increasingly dire state of affairs in Myanmar. In recent decades, the centuries old ethnic tensions between the majority Buddhist population and the minority Muslim population (known as the “Rohingya,”) have led to increasingly bloody clashes between the two communities. This month alone over thirty people have died in waves of violence carried out against the Rohingya villages and neighborhoods by Buddhist mobs. Some reports claim that many of the mobs were led by area monks, who have allegedly been publishing anti-Muslim propaganda and inciting acts…

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Israel Apologizes to Turks with a Push from Obama, but Why Now?

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On March 22, 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Erdoḡan over the killing of Turkish volunteers on the ship Mavi Marmara, who were involved in supplying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31, 2010. Among the volunteers who were killed, there was also a U.S. citizen, Furkan Dogan (19). Diplomatic relations between the two countries, following the incident, has been strained and limited. The apology was timed with the President Obama’s recent visit to Israel and had been planned months before the President’s visit. Just prior to Obama’s flight to Jordan, President Obama called up Erdoḡan…

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Drowning in Student Debt: Who Should You Thank?

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Student loans are one of the few exceptions that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy in the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, which was passed by the Bush administration in 2005. Student loans fall under the same category as child support payments and criminal fines. Almost any other kind of debt including medical bills, mortgage, credit cards and car loans, even gambling losses can be discharged under this law. Critics of the law say it is a giant giveaway to the banking industry that provides protections for lenders as opposed to students. The average loan balance for U.S. college…

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New Hampshire House Votes to Ban Private Prison Option

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New Hampshire’s Democratic controlled House of Representatives vote to prohibit the executive branch from privatizing the state’s prison system by a 197 to 136 vote, yesterday. The House Bill 443 is sent to the Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 13-11 majority. Although the bill prohibits prison privatization, it gives the governor the right to enter into a temporary contract with a private provider during times of a “corrections emergency”, but this can be done only with the approval of the Executive Council. Private prison industry had its eye on New Hampshire for a while. In January 2012, more than…

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CIA and Amazon’s $600 Million “Cloud” Business

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According to a newly released report by The Business of Federal Technology website, the USA Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the company Amazon are about to sign a ‘cloud computing’ contract priced $600 million. The FCW article states that the CIA Chief Information Officer Jeanne Tisinger told an audience at the Northern Virginia Technology Council Board of Directors meeting on March 12, that “CIA is leveraging the commercial sector’s innovation cycle, looking for cost efficiencies in commodity IT, and using software-as-a-service for common solutions, working with companies like Amazon.” Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the Amazon’s remote computing and cloud…

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Downtown Green: The “Islands of Sustainability”

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Sustainability is an overwhelming amorphous goal on a global, national, or regional scale. However, when it is broken-down to small areas and focused projects, it becomes real and tangible. Instead of grand plans, little ones can be made which may have a fractal or ripple effect on the region in which the project is located. This above statement is the essence of an  “island of sustainability” (Walner et al.). Specifically, the term refers to the redevelopment, usually through a public/private partnership, of a designated derelict area into one that enhances the physical environment. It could be the redesign of an…

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