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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

Why is France in Mali?

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We have seen from a variety of news sources lately that France has deployed troops to the West African country of Mali to help fight radical Islamists, including a few branches of Al-Qaeda, who have taken over the north of the country.  Why is France doing this? The area of land that is now present-day Mali was home to a series of advanced Muslim empires (such as the Ghana Empire and the Mali Empire) back when the Sahara Desert had not yet encroached as far south as it is currently.  There are precious historical edifices that remain in Timbuktu, a…

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Mrs.Jobs Unveils ‘The Dream Is Now’ to Advocate the Dream Act

Philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple’s founder Steve Jobs and filmmaker Davis Guggenheim have launched a new website to support comprehensive immigration reform for the DREAMers. The website titled ‘The Dream Is Now’ will broadcast videos of young undocumented immigrants describing their lives and how Dream Act can change it, if it were to pass. Others who are also involved in developing policies to support the reform and relatives and friends of the undocumented youth could submit videos as well. The videos will be posted on the website and will turn into a documentary film by Guggenheim. Mrs….

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Police in Schools is Not the Answer

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The January 2013 policy brief issued by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Advancement Project, Dignity in Schools Campaign, and the Alliance for Education Justice gives us the following, well researched, case against more police in schools as an answer to the Newton shooting. The brief also provides more measured solutions to violence in our communities.

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Obama’s Second Inauguration Blends Law and Tradition

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Obama’s second oath of office happened twice: the first on Sunday, privately in the White House; the second, with celebrations, for the public on Monday. It was not a plot, or a secret, or new. As usual, the media did a poor job of explaining the events.

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A Mississippi Legend Clears Up His State’s Messy History With The 13th Amendment

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“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” – Abraham Lincoln With the optics of the Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama, coming no less as we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., it is a proud and also profound day for our country that these two men should be so enmeshed. But we should also be reminded – indeed, obligated – to remember our history of race and racism and the intractable shame and horrors of slavery.  In doing my own personal look-back and reflection over the weekend, I discovered a few…

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Extreme Inequality Becoming a Global Danger

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According to the most recent Oxfam* report published on January 18, 2013, the world’s 100 richest people earned a $240 billion in 2012, an amount that is enough to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over. The report underlines the causes and effects of extreme inequality and explains how it can be economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive, environmentally destructive and unethical. The report states that rapidly growing extreme wealth and inequality are harmful to human progress because consolidation of so much wealth and capital in few hands depresses demand; meaning fewer people can afford more things. If the earnings…

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In the Final Analysis

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In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual. When you rise to the level of love, of its great beauty and power, you seek only to defeat evil systems. Individuals who happen to be caught up in that system, you love, but you seek to defeat the system. ~Martin Luther King, Jr~ Montgomery, Nov. 1957 Photo Credit: www.fold3.com

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Myth: “The Second Amendment is to Overthrow the Government.”

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In the debate about gun control, many gun enthusiasts argue that the Second Amendment to the Constitution was written, not for the purposes of hunting or even self-defense, but specifically to give people the ability to rise up against the government when they no longer support that government. These gun enthusiasts further hold the reference to the word militia in the Second Amendment refers to the armed populace in general. As such, this militia has the right to own the type of weapons that would be required to overthrow the government if need be. Let’s take a look at exactly what the…

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Sequestration and “The Cliff”

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The word “sequestration” has definitions in the fields of Law, Chemistry, Medicine, and, of course, Politics. It is a noun, and in its simplest form, it means nothing more than segregating or separating something. Of course, in politics, it’s not that simple. The Congressional Research Service defines sequestration in this way: “In general, sequestration entails the permanent cancellation of budgetary resources by a uniform percentage. Moreover, this uniform percentage reduction is applied to all programs, projects, and activities within a budget account.” Translation: all federal government budgets are reduced by a set percentage, to achieve a specific, dollar amount reduction…

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Massive Obama Mural in Tehran

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Iranian website Asriran.com posted photos of a new mural that have President Obama and historical figure Shemr shown together, pasted on an apartment building in the city of Tehran. President Obama is portrayed standing next to Shemr, a 17th Century figure in Shia Islam, with a caption at the bottom that says: “Be with us, be safe.” Connecting Shmer to President Obama has its roots in Islamic history. Muslims have split into Sunni and Shia denominations after the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. Prophet Muhammad’s cousin Ali and his followers called themselves the Party of Ali, “The Shia” and…

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Mommy, Where Do Smartphones Come From?

The most byooootiful place in the world, sweetie.  A place called Bangka.  In the country of In-do-ne-s-ia. Bangka Island, Indonesia, a predominately Muslim population of 960,000, located due east of Sumatra.  An amalgam of what used to be swamps, palm trees, magnificent beaches, mangroves, white pepper fields, plains and hills.  It is today best described as “a barren wasteland“, borne of one of the world’s greatest resources for the tin ore ultimately used in the composition of the Smartphone you are probably using to read this. Tin mining. Mining this island’s soil, which has left it bereft and cratered. Mining…

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Cayman Islands to Disclose Tax Shelter Companies

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After decades of secrecy, the tax-haven country is considering a public database that will make the names of thousands of previously hidden companies and their directors, public. CIMA, the three-islands’ monetary authority has outlined plans to create a public database of funds domiciled on the island for the first time, reports The Telegraph. The island nation is a group of three islands; Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac in the Western Caribbean Sea. The country is a British dependent territory and has gained popularity around the world for its offshore financial centre. The Cayman Islands is the world’s fifth…

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Awesome Brothers Named SportsKids of the Year, 2012

ABC’s “Good Morning America” made the announcement on October 24, 2012: Brothers Conner (9) and Cayden (7) of White House, TN are the 2012 Sports Illustrated Kids SportsKids of the Year. Although Cayden was born with cerebral palsy and cannot talk or walk on his own, the Long brothers have competed in more than a dozen triathlons since 2011. How? Big brother Conner pushes Cayden in a stroller during the run portion, pulls Cayden in a raft in the swim, and pulls him in a trailer during the bike race (video.) Their parents say, they always wanted to compete side-by-side…

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Ukrainian Ex-PM Tymoshenko Facing Murder Charges

Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who has been serving a 7 year prison sentence for abuse of office while negotiating a gas deal with Russia in 2009, is now facing a life prison sentence for ordering the assassination of a business rival 16 years ago. Ukraine’s chief prosecutor has formally notified Tymoshenko that she is a suspect in the murder of the businessman and lawmaker in 1996. The Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement on its website Friday that Tymoshenko is suspected of contracting the murder of Yvhen Scherban, his wife and two other people with the help of Pavlo Lazarenko,…

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Occupying the Budget: Participatory Budgeting in Latin America and its Global Diffusion

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Until recently, most citizens worldwide could have been characterized as apathetic and distanced from their respective governments.  Local, state/provincial and national governments, with the possible exception of Scandinavian governments, had been dominated by elites (either democratically elected or not) with strong ties to the extremely wealthy, corporations and the military. But, this is starting to change.  Key events around the world:  the Economic Crisis of 2008, increasing income disparity, decreasing lack of job opportunities, political instability, stagnating economies, austerity measures, and a general distrust of the elite have galvanized grass-roots movements around the world. Citizens are indicating that they no…

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US Taps Pension Fund To Avoid Debt Limit Default

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The day after Christmas, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has informed congress that the government will reach its borrowing  limit of $16.4 trillion on December 31, after which “extraordinary measures” will have to be taken in order to avoid the debt limit. Yesterday, in a letter to congress he announced that the government had begun  borrowing from the Federal Employee Pension Fund (the G Fund) to keep operating without surpassing the limit.  The move he said, will free up $156 billion in borrowing authority while Congress debates increasing the $16.4 trillion debt limit. Meanwhile the gridlock between the President and the…

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Gov. Brown Miracle in CA: Deficit to Surplus in 2 Years

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The state of California has faced  high unemployment and massive budget shortfalls for years. Only 2 years ago, the state had a deficit of $25 billion. Governor Jerry Brown (D) has projected that fiscal year (FY) 2012 which ends June 30, 2013, will show a surplus of $285 million. As recently as November, 2012, the Legislative Analyst’s Office predicted a nearly $2 billion deficit. Now, in addition to the FY 2012 surplus, the Governor projects a FY 2013 (ending in June 2014) surplus of $851 million, while increasing Education and Healthcare expenditures by 5%, and putting $1 billion into a…

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Increased U.S Military Presence in Africa: Why Now?

For a continent that has suffered its fair share of Western exploitation and imperialism, which Historian Donald W. Meinig defined as “the aggressive encroachment of one people upon the territory of another, resulting in the subjugation of that people to alien rule,” one can’t help but wonder why there is a sudden increase of  U.S military presence in Africa. The Army Times Newspaper reported in June of 2012 that over 3000 soldiers were to be deployed to the continent to serve and train the African military, as part of a “regional allegiance concept.” The Global Research also reported that the…

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Don’t Call it an Accident: 700 Veterans Possibly Exposed to HIV

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More than 700 patients in the Buffalo Veteran’s Administration Hospital may have been exposed to HIV, various forms of Hepatitis, and other blood-borne diseases. A number of news outlets such as ABC, and the Huffington Post have used the word “accidental” in their reports of this recent development. When considering the means by which this exposure has occurred, however, it is clear that a more appropriate word would be “negligent.” A memo released by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs reported that between October 2010 and November 2012, single patient use insulin cartridges were used on multiple patients. Diseases could…

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Did Armstrong Use Taxpayer Funds For Doping?

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The man who was once the king of cycling world, will be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey this Monday, to discuss the doping scandal that caused him to be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles. This interview will be his first public response to U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report, accusing him of doping to win the Tour de France. What is Armstrong’s actual motive for coming forward at this time? Athletes can receive up to a 75 percent reduction on competition ban if they provide substantial assistance to anti-doping authorities in building cases against other cheaters. However, this confession might…

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