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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

War Criminal Ntaganda surrenders at U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda

Congolese Revolutionary Army -M23- leader, wanted war criminal, Bosco Ntaganda has turned himself in to the United States Embassy in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland has confirmed in a video statement that Ntaganda indeed walked into the U.S. Embassy on Monday, and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Nicknamed “Terminator”, Ntaganda was first found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2006 for recruiting child soldiers during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s bloody five-year civil war. He was never captured. Charges of ethnic prosecution, rape,…

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Hugo the Grey

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 “Once you label me you negate me.” Soren Kierkegaard Often times in learning history there is a bias towards the good someone did that made them celebrated or the bad that they did that made them vilified, mostly because we want to educate on what examples to follow and what not to follow. This one sided story usually originates from the victors who write history. We could see it happening in real time with Hugo Chavez as he gives a great example of what to do and what not to do. Looking at historical figures as either “good” or “bad”…

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IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal

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According to a statement made by IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s attorney, French investigators have searched her Paris home today, as part of an inquiry into her role in a €285 million ($367 million) arbitration deal between the businessman Bernard Tapie and a state-owned French bank. Bernard Tapie who is a well-known supporter of the ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, won a 2008 settlement over the mishandled sale of Adidas in the 1990s. Lagarde was the France’s finance minister under Sarkozy administration when the deal was made. Critics said the settlement was in favor of the tycoon and it was too generous. Investigation…

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Cyprus Crisis Deepens as the Country Rejects Bailout

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The Cypriot Parliament has voted unanimously to reject the negotiated E.U. bailout package, offered last week. The vote, cast yesterday at 4 p.m. GMT (11 a.m EST,) was taken by hand, with 36 voting against the measure, 19 abstaining and none voting in favor. The widely unpopular bailout proposal, which included a 10% levy or “haircut,” on deposits nationwide, led to long lines at ATMs nationwide, while also inspiring protests throughout the country.. News of the decision has sent shock waves through the already troubled European Union as worries over a possible collapse of the Cypriot financial sector troubled their…

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HSBC Faces Criminal Charges in Argentina

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British banking juggernaut HSBC, which was recently derided by U.S. lawmakers as “Too Big To Jail” after a settlement deal was reached regarding exposed money laundering practices, is now facing fresh allegations of criminal activity by Argentinian authorities. Argentinian tax chief Ricardo Echegaray, in a public statement about the investigation, said that an Argentinian subsidiary of the bank was found to have helped its clients illegally evade over $100 million in taxes, in addition to participating in other money laundering activities connected to criminal enterprises. Official charges were filed against the bank’s local subsidiary in February, following a six month…

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Libertarian Resurgence

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At this past weekend’s 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the event’s straw poll, making him the top pick for the 2016 Republican primary bid. The choice of Rand Paul, known for being an adamant Libertarian, could reflect a noticeable trend in American politics, a trend that the GOP seems to be racing to accommodate: the resurgence of Libertarianism, especially among the current college-aged youth. In 2012 over half of the CPAC attendees were college students, and although Sen. Paul’s victory offers little more than “bragging rights,” as the Associated Press puts it, it still…

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Former Military Chief Appointed as Israeli Defense Minister

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Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu appointed Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday as Israel’s new defense minister. Ya’alon has long opposed the freezing of settlement building, and has said in the past that Israel must focus on defense before diplomacy in the conflict. Ya’alon headed the Israeli army during the 2nd intifada, or Palestinian uprising. He also took a controversial stance in opposing the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from settlements within the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu chose Ya’alon because the position requires someone with military experience. “At such a decisive time for the security of the State of Israel, when the region all around…

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Follow-up on “A Syrian Refugee in Switzerland: Jailed For Survival, While Government Holds Humanitarian Speeches”

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Update on my article A Syrian Refugee in Switzerland: Jailed For Survival, While Government Holds Humanitarian Speeches. Last month, Rasha Alzrir, a young Syrian woman, seeking asylum in Switzerland with a Schengen-visa from Italy after first arriving in Germany, had her asylum request rejected and was put into a detention center where she had to wait for extradition to Italy. Rasha’s support committee, with the help of a state Representative, contacted the Federal Council to inform him about Rasha’s case and ask him to take action on her behalf. The Federal Council decided to continue with the extradition process. They…

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Cyprus Bailout: Banks Relieved, Cypriots Squeezed

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In the latest of the E.U. financial crises, the island nation of Cyprus has had a EuroZone bailout “successfully negotiated” on its behalf. However Cypriots themselves, as well as the members of the Parliament are less than pleased. The Eurozone bailout package, agreed upon today in Brussels between Eurogroup ministers and IMF officials, has in addition to the typical austerity measures demanded of nations accepting bailout money, such as deficit reduction and higher taxes, comes with another condition. Requiring a 9.9% deposit levy on all Cypriot bank accounts to stave off outright national bankruptcy, the deal is a first of…

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Mercy Ships: Nearly 2.5 Million Lives Changed

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Every once in a while, setting aside faith, politics or any ulterior motives, it’s nice to call attention to something just plain good. Today, we profile Mercy Ships. Recently, while sort of half-watching 60 Minutes, a featurette on the Mercy Ships charity caught my eye. I found the entire concept to be revolutionary, fascinating, and just plain brilliant. The mission, simply to “provide free healthcare and increase healthcare delivery systems in the poorest of nations”. 500 feet long, 16,500 tons and over 400 crew members on a floating hospital, the current Mercy Ship, Africa Mercy (located in the port of Conakry, Guinea…

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The Agony And The Ecstasy: Detroit To Rome In 1,000 Words

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On March 11, Detroit’s former Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, 68th man to hold said office, was found guilty of 23 federal criminal counts, including the 20-year-felony of racketeering; noting ‘detention is required in his circumstance,’ Judge Nancy Edmonds blocked the hubris-hurling Mayor from passing go, and sent him straight to jail pending sentence. 5,000 miles away and 48 hours later, the College of Cardinals in Vatican City, Rome, named the most holy and humble Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina the 266th successor to St. Peter. Both cities are on rivers. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The Bows Are Drawn…

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Brooklyn Residents Struggle With Division Amidst Grief

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New Yorkers in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East Flatbush are claiming to be living under a veritable state of martial law as they enter their fifth day of vigils and protests, spurred by the rage incited after the shooting death of 16 year old Kimani Gray, at the hands of New York City police Saturday night. Gray, whom officers maintain pointed a firearm at them, was gunned down outside of a friend’s home in East Flatbush. Gray was hit a total of seven times in the eleven shot barrage, which ended his life, and was found to have been carrying…

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HSBC Settlement Case Raises Legal Hackles

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In December, U.S. Federal Authorities stirred controversy for having reached a financial settlement deal with British bank HSBC, allowing the bank to avoid criminal prosecution for taking part in money laundering operations for Latin American drug cartels, suspected terrorist networks and rogue states such as Iran. As a means to avoid prosecution, the bank agreed to pay $1.9 billion in fines, after having reached the arrangement with the Department of Justice. However regardless of their agreement and written arguments by both federal prosecutors and HSBC filed in January arguing in favor of the deal , U.S. District Court Judge John…

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Interview: Awake the State Director Ray Seaman

Florida voted for President Obama in the last two general elections. Yet, the State’s government is dominated by Republican and Tea Party representatives. There is a well-organized force working to change this: Awake The State. Awake The State is an organic, grassroots movement started in 2011 with 3 organizations coming together. Progress Florida, Florida Watch Action and America Votes joined together to provide a platform for everyday Floridians to make their voices heard. Awake The State is made up of everyday Floridians fighting to reject devastating budget cuts, stop the assault on middle class families, and invest in Floridians again….

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It’s Time for a Worker’s Movement in USA

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The labor movement has a history that is marked by violence, bloodshed, employer intimidation and oppression. The deck has always been stacked against the unions. It has never been easy for workers to have their voice be heard in the workplace. The modern American labor movement can be traced directly back to the 1930s and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s “New Deal” legislation which created a real social safety net for the working class and the poor. Social Security, which the labor movement helped lobby into law, was a major development for the working classes. It meant that the elderly in this…

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“Road Diet”: Losing Width by Retrofitting

For most of the last century and continuing into this century, transportation planning in the United States has been mainly concerned with accommodating vehicular transportation. This automobile-oriented bias was embedded in travel demand forecasting models, transportation funding, zoning/subdivision regulations, street design ordinances, the general public and the general mindset of policy makers. The result in most cities has been a continual process of widening, and building new roads to alleviate traffic congestion due to increasing automobile ownership. What was not accounted in this automobile bias oriented transportation system was the detrimental impact that it would have on neighborhoods; making them…

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The Main Street Economy

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Economic reports over the past week have been largely dominated by the seemingly good news of record highs in the DOW Jones Industrial Index (DJIA,) accompanied by a decline in the filing for new unemployment benefit claims. Core Logic, which specializes in monitoring and analyzing home pricing and real estate markets, reported this week that housing prices have improved by 9.7% over their averages this time last year, making it the biggest recorded increase since 2006. Thus potentially explaining both the records being posted in the DOW, as well as the general surge in the financial markets. The typical players…

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Millennials Speak: Essays on the 21st Century

Millennials Speak is a global collection of essays on issues pertinent to that generation. R. P. Thead, the author and editor who oversaw the book’s production, shares his thoughts on the evolution and importance of the project. 1. Please elaborate on the focus of your upcoming book Millennials Speak: Essays on the 21st Century. There is a lot of research coming out about the Millennial Generation. There seems to be new organizations, reports, and books concerning this demographic every single week. But, most are very American-centric. Considering that about half of the world’s 7 billion people are Millennials, I think…

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A Syrian Refugee in Switzerland: Jailed for Survival, While Government Holds Humanitarian Speeches

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It was the 13th of February when Rasha Alzrir, a young Syrian woman, met Charly Pache, the co-vice President of the Swiss Pirate Party, in a train in Switzerland. 26-year-old Rasha was a bank employee in the city of Damascus and left her country due to persisting violence and civil war-like circumstances. She had lost her car and apartment when she decided to flee to Europe. She came through Germany, Italy and finally arrived in Switzerland with a Schengen-visa from Italy, where she asked for asylum. On February 23rd, Rasha’s sister contacted Charly Pacha through Rasha’s Facebook page. Rasha hadn’t…

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Air Force Stops Releasing Data on Afghanistan Drone Strikes

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After facing heavy criticism over the U.S. Military’s use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA), the Air Force Daily News reported that the Air Force would be reversing a policy designed to increase transparency by releasing the number of strikes that were carried out each month. On March 7th, 2013, the February summary showed that strike numbers had been removed from the data. The U.S. Central Command stated that the policy was reversed because the release of the data puts too much emphasis on the airstrikes, which only make up a small percentage of RPA missions. A Department of Defense spokesperson…

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