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September 24, 2015


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

Outspoken Icelandic MP Gears Up For Privacy Fight During Visit To U.S.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir is no stranger to headlines or media scrutiny. A former volunteer activist with the hacktivist group “Wikileaks,” and a current member of the Icelandic Parliament, Jónsdóttir has made a name for herself with her outspoken support of imprisoned US Army Private Bradley Manning. She is also a subject in the US’ investigation into the cases of Wikileaks and Pvt. Manning. Her international profile has become a lightening rod in the growing debate over online privacy in the twenty first century. She is a staunch opponent of US counter-terrorism legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and…

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Beyond Bars: Prison Labor, Mass Incarceration, Private Prisons; An Interview with Jesse Lava

The United States claims the world’s highest incarceration rate. Currently, there are 2.3 million incarcerated people in U.S. Jesse Lava, Campaign Director of Beyond Bars at Brave New Foundation talked with Emine, our managing editor, about the causes and the results of mass incarceration, and possible solutions to lower it. Emine: Jesse, can you tell us about Beyond Bars and its mission? Jesse: Beyond Bars is a campaign that is part of the national movement to curb mass incarceration. We produce videos, graphics, and other media to say our country should be much less focused on incarceration and much more…

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TGFJL: McCain & Graham Bitter It Up Alone

“Thank God for Joe Lieberman”. Probably not a statement made by Al Gore. It was, however, directed (sharply) at former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), during his Senate confirmation hearing before the Armed Services Committee on Thursday, January 31. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), former Presidential nominee, former Maverick, forever the man who thought Sarah Palin was an acceptable choice to lead this country (and, judging by the many very large bulging veins McCain has been sporting lately, Palin could very well have been called upon). McCain castigated Chuck Hagel for his position on the Iraq War surge. He had to know,…

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Organizing for Action Domain Gaffe

Most of us have heard about the profits that can be made by setting up a Facebook page with a picture of a cute puppy or an injured veteran returning home, and soliciting “likes”. The hook is usually something like “like to support, ignore if you don’t care” or “isn’t he the cutest thing ever?!”  Of course, no one wants to be non-supportive of our returning vets, and almost everyone loves a puppy, so hundreds of thousands of likes are accumulated in a matter of days. The money comes when organizations create a corresponding website, change the subject matter to their…

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Marxist-Leninist Group Behind USA Embassy Attack in Turkey


DNA tests are being conducted to confirm the identity of the suicide bomber who detonated explosives outside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey, on Friday, killing himself, an embassy security guard and injuring a visiting journalist. The injured journalist, 38-year-old Didem Tuncay is ‘not in critical condition,’ a hospital official said. Authorities believe the bomber was Ecevit Shanli, a member of the outlawed Marxist-Leninist terror group DHKP-C. DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front) has been listed as a terrorist organization by European Union and the United States. It has had links with the far-left groups in Europe and also has connections with…

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Gerrymandering: Funny Word, Dangerous Consequences

Gerrymandering is a practice of redrawing a district’s boundaries that favor one or more groups of voters and some candidates over others. The process is extremely partisan and has been exploited by both parties for political advantage. The United States is the only advanced democracy in the world where politicians directly participate in the redistricting process. Biased redistricting might not be the only cause of the problems in the U.S. political climate, but it has considerable negative affects. Districts divide states into geographical territories where most of the federal, state and local representatives and legislatives are elected from. Redistricting originally…

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Since Sandy Hook

On December 14, 2012, a young man with social adjustment issues shot and killed 20 six and seven year-old children and 7 adults, including his mother, in Sandy Hook, CT. He then killed himself. This shooting happened approximately 5 months after a mentally unstable man entered a movie theater through a side door in Aurora, CO with numerous military-grade weapons, killed 12 people and injured 58 others, many seriously. He also booby-trapped his apartment so that anyone unknowingly entering the residence would have set off explosives, designed to maim many more. He is awaiting trial. In the weeks since Sandy…

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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, 4th Anniversary

January 29th is the fourth anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, enacted by the 111th United States Congress, and signed into law by President Barack Obama. It was the first bill Barack Obama signed into law as a brand new President. Lilly Ledbetter was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998. She worked as an area manager, a position largely held by men in the company. Initially the company paid Ledbetter equal to other male area managers, but by retirement, she was earning $3,727 per month compared to…

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Torture: You Get What You Ask For


I haven’t yet seen the movie Zero Dark Thirty, but I hear it’s very good. The movie has stirred up controversy because it apparently contains scenes showing terrorist suspects being tortured, which has renewed the discussion about whether torture should be used by the United States as a means of getting information in the war against terrorism. For the purpose of this discussion, I’d like to put aside any moral objections and focus on more practical reasons why torture should or should not be considered by the United States, against our enemies.  There are some who maintain that the “enhanced…

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Thousand Dollar Amens: Sarah Palin’s Money-for-Drivel


It was recently reported that Sarah Palin’s lucrative, $3 million for 3 years, contract is ending at Fox News and the one-time vice presidential nominee will be parting ways with the news agency. Of course people should be rewarded for their hard work. To succeed through hard work is the embodiment of the American spirit, and that’s something we can all get behind. But let’s take a closer look at Ms. Palin’s salary — $3,000,000 for three years. Not bad, one might think, that’s comparable to other talking heads at Fox, MSNBC, and CNN. But then you take an inquisitive fingernail…

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GOP’s U-turn on Immigration

It looks like GOP has decided to change its rhetoric on undocumented immigrants from “not rewarding law breakers” to “immigration reform must include path to citizenship.” Yesterday on ABC’s Sunday program “This Week”, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said “We can’t go on forever with 11 million people living in this country in the shadows in an illegal status. We cannot forever have children who were born here — who were brought here by their parents when they were small children to live in the shadows, as well.” Mccain also admitted that the GOP’s poor performance among Hispanic voters in 2012…

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‘Let the Banks Fail’ Says Iceland President

Iceland is in economic recovery with lower unemployment rates than Europe, and its President says “let the banks go bankrupt”, speaking at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (23-27 January, 2013.) In an impromptu interview with the Al Jazeera News Network’s Stephen Cole, Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson explains that his country was able to rebound from the worldwide financial crisis better than all other countries that faced the same problems, by doing just that, allowing the failing banks to go bankrupt. He says “we did not follow the traditional, prevailing orthodoxies. We introduced currency control. We let…

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Berlusconi Praised Mussolini for “Having Done Good”


Former Prime Minister of Italy, infamous Silvio Berlusconi has managed to get himself into hot water again with his outrageous statement, defending Benito Mussolini at a ceremony to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He said the fascist dictator made an alliance with the Nazis, because probably he feared Germany’s potential expansion, The Telegraph reports. He also praised Mussolini for “having done good” other than implementing the racial laws which he described as part of the requirements of the alliance with Germans. After the country’s disastrous experience in the war, new laws were enacted to forbid the defense of Fascism. Now,…

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Moving the Land under Our Feet: Belo Monte Dam vs. Amazonians

Indigenous people of Xingu River are fighting a losing battle against a monster called Belo Monte. Construction of the world’s third largest dam is moving ahead despite the rejection and outcry of the people who have been living by the Xingu River for thousands of years. And despite the legal challenges the Brazilian Federal Public Prosecutors Office, human rights and environmentalist NGOs presented to the Brazilian Government. The project, originally dates back to Brazil’s military dictatorship, is being promoted as a solution to Brazil’s electricity shortages and as a ‘clean’ alternative to global change. However, the National Amazon Research Institute’s…

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Women in Economic Decision Making

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook says “what the research shows us ‘success and likability’ is positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women which means as a woman becomes more successful she is less liked.” Sandberg’s statement was echoed by the six other panelists discussing women’s role in economic decision making at the plenary session on women, held on World Economic Forum on January 25, 2012 in Davos. Panelists shared real life stories of dealing with gender inequality and gender imbalance throughout their careers. Panel’s focus was on economic importance of gender diversity and how can gender gaps be…

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West Supporting Lesser of Two Evils in Mali Could Lead to More Trouble


Mali has long taken pride in its democratic track record, despite repeated rebellions in the north and lasting poverty. Unfortunately, in March, 2012, Mali’s 15.4 million people had witnessed two decades of democracy collapse in just a few hours with a coup d’état initiated by its military. Military officers accused President elect Toure of failing to deal with the Tuareg rebellion, and deposed him ahead of the April Presidential election. By April 2012, military, under international pressure, picked whom to support and handed over the government to the new President Dioncounda Traore. Meanwhile, in the same month, Tuareg rebels seized…

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You’re Not In The Driver’s Seat: The Development Of Driver-less Vehicles


Remember seeing Captain Kirk in Star Trek talking to the other crew members of the Starship Enterprise on his ‘communicator’? How about Dick Tracy’s watch where you could see the person you were speaking with on the other line? We once thought this was the stuff of Popular Science. Now, almost all of us have small cell phones, iPads where we can use Skype to see and talk with anyone around the world and other technological ‘stuff’ that even we could not imagine a few years ago. These new inventions are better than science fiction. The next big thing…Development Of…

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Dear Harry: Thanks For The Knife In The Back


Look at those two. Happier than cochons in….well, you know. We’ve been bamboozled, people. Hoodwinked. Just two days ago, there was dangled before us a little hope. Hope that our Democratic majority might finally pay off in the form of a functioning, accountable Senate.  Filibuster Reform. How quickly things change. Harry Reid, the pugilist. More like Harry Reid, the futilist. Despite crushing pressure (so we were told), a loud, vociferous Left, and the insistence of Unions and sane people everywhere calling for change in the Senate, today, “Majority” “Leader” Harry Reid (D-NV) cut a deal with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell…

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Strong Leader or Witchy Woman?


The New York Post proudly ran a cover showing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with her fists clenched at the Senate hearings on Benghazi . The cover wasn’t about the hearings at all. It looked more like Bill Clinton was supposedly cowering in fear of his witchy wife, who was having some sort of temper tantrum. This is one of the best examples of sloppy tabloid “journalism” of a tawdry and personal nature. I could go on about the the over-the-top phrasing, such as “explodes with rage”, or the obviously biased statement of “pols ripped her handling of the Benghazi debacle” (there…

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Poisoned US Soldiers, Secretary of the Army and KBR


In November, 2012, an Oregon jury found Kellogg, Brown and Root (KBR), the military’s largest contractor, guilty of poisoning a dozen of US soldiers who were stationed at the Qarmat Ali water treatment center in Iraq, after the 2003 invasion. The court ordered the company to pay $85 million in damages. Jurors found KBR knew the presence and the toxicity of the chemical that poisoned the soldiers. According to a new report in Huffington Post, KBR has requested US Army to sign an indemnity agreement, protecting KBR from any potential legal liability, as part of its contract to rebuild Iraq…

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