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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

Bulgaria: Third Man Dies after Self-immolation, Against the Austerity Measures

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A third Bulgarian man died today from self-immolation injuries. He set himself on fire on February 26, as a protest against the rising poverty, unemployment and corruption in the EU’s poorest country. 53-year-old unemployed father of five, Ventsislav Vasilev, had doused himself with fuel and set himself ablaze outside the mayor’s office in the central town of Radnevo. Last month, amid the increasing protests against corruption, cronyism and poverty, another protester, 36-year-old Plamen Goranov, set himself on fire outside city hall in the eastern city of Varna, causing the country’s right-wing government (GERB party) to resign on February 21. He…

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Republicans Continue to Suppress the Vote, Even In Iowa

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I am an Iowa resident. Recently, our local newspaper reported that Iowa’s Republican Secretary of State wants to purge anyone from voter registration list whose citizenship is questioned. If your name is similar to the name of someone on one of the federal immigration lists or someone whose driver’s license says they are not a citizen, then you have to prove you are a citizen. Of course Democratic legislators, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters and other groups are fighting this, but so far the law is set to go into effect shortly. If you’re wondering just how big…

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Our Courts Are In Ruins (And Justice Is For Sale To Highest Bidder)

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For the purported most powerful and greatest nation on earth, we should feel shamed by the state of our judicial system. What is happening with our Courts is directly related to our self-absorbed and broken government. Riddle me this: how does a democracy function if two-thirds of its legislative-executive-judicial trifecta fails to function? As related to our Courts, we have a three-pronged problem. (1) Our Senate cannot confirm even pro-forma judicial nominees anymore; it has become that broken and that partisan. I won’t even mention who gets the blame on this (his name starts with Harry and ends with Reid)….

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A Quiet Green Revolution: Urban Agriculture

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The mainstream media concentrates on the sensational and current news – obsessed with celebrity scandals, the daily fluctuations of the stock market, the deficit, and international conflicts – but under the radar is an alternative to industrial agriculture: the urban agricultural movement. The individuals and groups opposing industrial agriculture are not picketing, organizing rallies, destroying property, suing corporations; they are putting their hands in the dirt, straining their backs, enjoying quality organic food, and creating social capital by organizing diverse informal groups or non-profit organizations to forge a new future. In modern developed countries, we have left the growing of…

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Happy International Women’s Day!

International Women’s Day (IWD) or as it was originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated worldwide on March 8, every year. The first International Women’s Day was held on 28 February 1909 in the United States following a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, as a way to attract attention to the cause of gender equality. On August 1910 at the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark, the groundwork for the first International Women’s Day was initiated, and by 1919, the day was established to be formally celebrated. Each year, countries and international organizations celebrate the…

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Rand Paul Ends Confirmation Filibuster, White House Responds

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Progressive writers and commentators are tripping over themselves today throughout the blogosphere and social media universe, as they try to reconcile their feelings regarding Republican Senator Rand Paul and his nearly record setting filibuster on the Senate floor, in which he sought to block the confirmation of Paul Brennan to the position CIA Director. Citing what he described as grave concerns over the Obama Administration’s unmanned drone program, which has created numerous political firestorms in recent weeks, Paul stated that he planned to speak as long as he could to draw attention to something he found “very disturbing.” “I will…

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As Manning Offers Plea, Foreign Governments Offer Praise

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Following U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning’s partial plea to the charges that he illegally released classified documents, in what is being described as the largest leak of classified U.S. Government and Military information in U.S. history, members of the Icelandic Parliament, Swedish “Pirate Party,” and other foreign dignitaries are offering praise for Manning by nominating him for the Nobel Peace Prize. Manning, who has been incarcerated without charge for over 1000 days, entered a partial “naked plea” to the court on February 28th. He read a prepared statement in which he described in depth, his duties as an intelligence analyst…

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Sequester On Sanity

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“Perhaps no words more accurately and succinctly illustrate the confusion about economics than “Monetary Sovereignty.” It is not a theory or a hypothesis or a philosophy. In its essence, it merely is a description of the way federal financing actually works.”  ~Rodger Malcolm Mitchell Back in 2011, the idea of “sequestration,” or the implementing of harsh spending cuts that would automatically go into effect on March 1st, was floated in an effort to force the two political parties to get together and make a deal to work towards decreasing government debt. A telling sign for many of the increasingly broken…

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Standardized Testing: More Harm Than Good

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Early in 2013, Seattle high school teachers boycotted their annual standardized test. This brave and necessary move has reignited public debate about the place of standardized testing. School reform has gone back and forth for over a century and a half, between the 19th century, Prussian military-industrial model to Dewey’s individualized, “special snowflake” philosophy and back again to factory- and business-preparedness treatment of children. Because neoliberalism is the winning philosophy at the moment, the worth of schools is tied to how well they can churn out identical cogs to plug in to the economic machine. Schools around the country have…

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The Swiss Vote Overwhelmingly For Executive Pay Curbs

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On Sunday, Swiss citizens voted with 67.9 percent margin to impose some of the most restricting rules on executive compensation. All of Switzerland’s 26 cantons passed the initiative, which is a rare occurrence. This will allow shareholders to veto executive pay proposals and will give them the power to ban big rewards for new and departing managers. 67.9 percent is one of the highest approval rates that Switzerland has ever seen for a popular initiative. It goes to show that the built up anger and plain outrage, caused by multi-million payouts for executives, can translate into decisive and convincing action…

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AARP Survey Shows 54% of South Carolina Residents Support Medicaid Expansion

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South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has heard it from state officials, hospital lobbyists, and economic advisers. Now, a poll conducted by the AARP shows residents in her state favor Medicaid and want it expanded. Here’s the full press release. A new AARP survey of 800 South Carolina residents 45+ shows that almost 70 percent feel that when compared to other government programs, Medicaid is very to extremely important.   The report also details that 57 percent of 45 to 64 year-olds surveyed disagree with Gov. Nikki Haley’s refusal to accept federal funds to expand Medicaid in South Carolina. The report released…

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Israel Introduces ‘Palestinian Only’ Bus Lines

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Starting this week, certain buses running from the West Bank into central Israel will have separate lines for Jews and Arabs. This change was due to complaints by Israeli settlers, who use the bus company Afikim to go between settlements in the West Bank and Israel. Haaretz reported that the settlers were concerned about security risks from riding the bus from Tel Aviv back to the West Bank with Palestinians, who often work in Israel and use the buses to go to and from work. After heavy complaints from settlement mayors, Afikim is putting two new bus lines into operation….

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Voting Rights Act: Fix It Because It isn’t Broken

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On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will take on the latest challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It pits Shelby County, Alabama against the Federal Government. Shelby County will ask the Supreme Court to overturn Section Five of the Voting Rights Act, also called Preclearance. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered to be the landmark legislation of the civil rights movement. It was aimed at outlawing discriminatory voting practices that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. It is the most far- reaching piece of civil rights legislation in U.S. history. During its 2006 extension, a…

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Petitioning the Government Doesn’t Guarantee Success

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We Americans love our petitions, but too many don’t understand how they work.
A well-written petition, directed to the appropriate target, can be an important tool to create change, but it can’t stand alone.

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Is Hezbollah Supporting Syrian Regime?

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Shi’a Islamic militant group Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah has said this week “If there ever comes a day when our responsibility demands that we fight in Syria, we will not conceal that.” Hezbollah was formed by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, which helped drove Israel’s soldiers out of Lebanon. It is an armed group as well as a political party that was established primarily to offer resistance to the Israeli occupation. Since then it has been receiving funds and support from Iran and Syria, hence its willingness to help Assad’s brutal…

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This Time Portugal Protests Against Austerity

Thousands of Portugueses marched on the streets of more than 20 cities in Portugal today, protesting Portugal Government’s extreme austerity measures that were implemented in exchange of a €78 billion ($101 billion) international bailout needed in 2011. The people on the streets were shouting and waiving their placards that said “Screw the troika, we want our lives back.” in Lisbon, demonstrators threw tomatoes and beer bottles at the IMF’s office. ‘Troika’ is the nickname given to The European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank, the lenders behind the country’s financial bailout. It literally means a…

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‘Grand Jury Resistors’ Released, Questions Remain

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Tuesday, The Progressive Press reported on a story out of Washington state involving three “anarchist” activists, who had been detained in a federal detention center without criminal charge since September (and December respectively,) for refusing to identify and testify against area activists and their political ties. We can now report that the two of them, Matthew Duran and Katherine Olejnik, have been released today from federal custody without charge. As reported Tuesday, Duran and Olejnik had been held in solitary confinement in the SeaTac Federal Detention Center’s Special Housing Unit (SHU) since December, as part of an effort by federal…

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Tick-Tock, Ding-a-Lings

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As the clock runs off on the castor oil countdown aka sequestration, we find the White House, GOP leadership and the Washington press corps serving up a marvelous tableau of the entire manufactured chocolate mess; they can’t even agree on the date and time when the cuts actually occur. So then, in order to bring order to the tolling of democracy’s death, whenever that truly is, a brief frolic in the shallow end of the pool is indicated. You May Ask Yourself, Well, How Did I Get Here? While it’s a safe bet the POTUS has uttered David Byrne’s question…

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I Don’t Have a Car and Don’t Want One: Emergence of Car-sharing Organizations

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Many in urban areas are finding that their automobiles are a burden, but can’t really do without one. Owning a personal vehicle is expensive: car payments, gas, insurance, maintenance, parking fees, etc. An automobile is ultimately a depreciating investment where you often pay more than the vehicle was worth on the showroom floor. Due to the stagnant wages of the middle class and subsequent decrease in discretionary income, automobile loans have become more long term; a five year or longer loan is not uncommon anymore. In the U.S and many other countries the automotive industry is very vulnerable to economic…

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The Economy is Booming, but for Whom?

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to over 14,000 points in recent weeks. The Dow reaching this high number first happened in 2007, the year before the Great Recession hit America like a ton of bricks, wiping out the retirement savings for millions of Americans and changing the nation’s confidence in the markets. I suppose now would be a safe time to announce to you that we are the only ones hurting, the economy is doing great! Conventional beltway wisdom these days seems to be that what is good for Wall Street is good for America. With the market eclipsing…

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