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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

Berlusconi Sentenced to 7 Years for Paying a Minor for Sex

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After 50 hearings spread over two years, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was found guilty on Monday for paying a minor for sex and abuse of power in office. The Italian media mogul and three-time prime minster was sentenced to seven years in jail and banned from public office for life. A panel of three female judges sentenced the 76-year-old billionaire, playboy politician, to jail for compensating Karima el Mahroug, a Moroccan-born dancer, for sex at his mansion outside Milan in 2010 when she was 17. According to Italian constitution, paying a minor for sex in Italy is illegal….

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NLRB Obstructionism Could Lead To Union Militancy

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Due to ongoing Republican obstructionism in the Senate, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is headed toward doomsday this summer. Come August, when two of the board members’ terms expire, the board will be functionally obsolete unless new members are confirmed by the Senate (which is unlikely to happen). This means that nobody will be enforcing the principal law that governs labor relations in this country. This could be disastrous for workers. Without a functioning NLRB, employers will be free to fire anyone who dares to show any sympathy for a union. In 2013, the United States already is seeing…

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USA Drones Assisted Roboski Massacre

On December 29, 2011, Turkish warplanes killed 35 Kurdish boys and men in an air strike near the Iraqi Kurdistan border, Roboski (Uludere), when smugglers were mistaken for PKK militants. An article dated May 12, 2012 in Wall Street Journal reported that it was a U.S. Predator drone that spotted the caravan and American officers alerted Turkey. Report also claimed the U.S. helps provide intelligence for operations in Turkey but plays no direct role in any strikes. Roj TV reported that the dead were among a group of up to 35 people, ranging in age from 16 to 20, who…

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Brazil President Pledges Reforms and Dialogue after Massive Protests (Video)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff pledged to introduce reforms in a televised address after hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets this week. Rousseff also added that she would meet with protest leaders to listen their demands. Rousseff’s pre-recorded speech was broadcasted at 9pm local time on Friday where she said she had an obligation to listen to the voices on the streets and her government would create a national plan for public transportation in cities – a hike in bus and subway fares in many cities was the original complaint of the protests. She also mentioned new reforms…

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CIA has been Training the Syrian Rebels, Report Claims

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Los Angeles Times reports that CIA operatives and U.S. special operations troops have been secretly training Syrian rebels with anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapons in Turkey and Jordan since late last year. White House officials refused to comment on the report, saying only that the U.S. had increased its assistance to the rebellion. According to the report, the covert U.S. training at bases in Jordan and Turkey began months before President Obama approved plans to begin directly arming the opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad. Progressive Press has revealed this information in May, after the local newspapers in Turkey claimed the…

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Google has been Threatened with Criminal Proceedings by UK Privacy Watchdog

The war between privacy and technology continues with new challenges each day. Apparently, UK Government does not like to be exposed, although they were not hesitant to spy on visiting foreign dignitaries’ virtually all digital communications at a few G8 Summits. When UK information commissioner’s office (ICO) realized that Google Street View cars were collecting data on them, mainly images, the organization threatened Google with criminal proceedings if they don’t delete the collected data. ICO is a non-departmental public body which reports directly to Parliament and is sponsored by the Ministry of Justice. Its primary function is in the fields…

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Environmental Crisis in Singapore

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Singapore is experiencing its worst environmental crisis after the unprecedented levels of air pollution forced the country into a halt on Wednesday. Singapore Government is urging people to remain indoors amid air pollution surging to an all-time high yesterday afternoon and breached a “hazardous” classification that can aggravate respiratory ailments. A smoky haze brought by forest fires in neighboring Indonesia worsened dramatically, causing summer schools to be closed, public transportation to be stopped, even the food-deliveries are hindered. Air traffic controllers at Changi airport were told to take precautions because of lower visibility, and McDonald’s said it had suspended its…

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Spain’s “Stolen Babies” Case Hearings Begin (Video)

On June 18, formal hearings started in the Spain’s “stolen babies” case with the testimony from a former hospital manager who gave evidence in scandal surrounding 300,000 stolen newborn babies sold over 40-year period. Most of the mothers were told their babies had been stillborn and few single mothers were coerced into leaving their babies in the hospital with threats of police action. The mothers, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial. In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout Catholic beliefs and financial security…

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Brazilian Protests Largest in 20 Years (Video)

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Brazil’s biggest cities on Monday over widespread anger at poor public services, police violence and government corruption. The rallies brought together a wide coalition of people upset about the escalating costs and persistently poor quality of public services, lavish investment on international sporting events, low standards of healthcare, low wages and wider unease about inequality and corruption. The protests are in their early stages, and it’s not clear what the government reaction will be, but the President Dilma Rousseff said that her government was listening to those protesting the high…

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Progressive Patriotism

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A friend of mine was upset the other day, because her best friend accused her of being unpatriotic in the political commentary she posts on Facebook. My friend often writes about problems in America like the growing poverty rate, corporate greed, gun violence, poor access to health care and political corruption. She was told, in essence, that America is the greatest country on Earth with more freedom than any other country and that anyone who complains about America is not a loyal, patriotic American. I have a very different perspective. I think the suggestion that it’s somehow unpatriotic to discuss…

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Faster Executions in Florida; New Bill Signed by Gov. Rick Scott

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On Friday 14th, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law that is aimed at accelerating the pace of the death penalty process in Florida. The signing of this “fast track” legislation called “the Timely Justice Act”, requires the governor to sign a death warrant within 30 days after a review by the State Supreme Court. After the signature, the new law requires the state to execute the defendant within six months. The bill also bars attorneys from using certain defense strategies, and gives judges tighter time-frames to consider appeals and post-conviction motions, such as whether a defendant should get…

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Erdogan Met Top CIA Chiefs and Bush before Becoming PM

116 Days in Twilight Translated transcript of the video: On December 12, 1997, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while he was still the mayor of Istanbul, was arrested for citing a poem in Siirt (city), and sent to prison for 10 months. He was charged according to –then- Turkish criminal law, article 312, to incite hate, religious and ethnic division within public. The Supreme Court approved the charges. The decision of the Supreme Court, which was reached with majority of the votes, ended Erdogan’s political life. On November 1998, the State Council, decided to remove Erdogan from his post as the mayor…

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

Bombshell report on the Guardian today claims that the British government spied on politicians and officials who participated in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009, according to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and seen by the Guardian. The report alleges that the UK intelligence agencies monitored foreign politicians and officials through their computers and their phone calls. All correspondence was intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic. More from the Guardian: The…

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Egypt Cuts All Ties With Syria

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Speaking at a conference on the Syrian uprising in Cairo on Saturday, President Mohamed Morsi announced that Egypt will be cutting all ties with Syria. He ordered the Syrian embassies in Damascus and Cairo to be closed, and called for imposition of no-fly zone. Morsi also said Egypt will begin providing Syrian opposition forces with financial aid and support for the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah would end. This is a policy shift for Morsi which backed the organization against Israel in the Second Lebanon War seven years ago. Morsi said “We supported Hezbollah during Lebanon war and today we stand…

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Greece Shuts Down National Public Broadcaster ERT

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The reaction to the Greek government’s decision to shut down public broadcaster Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) on Tuesday, is continuing. Today, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has called on the Greek government to reopen the channel. The Greek government said the closure was necessary to meet the country’s debt bailout obligations. It is the latest move in austerity measures aimed at leading the country out of recession. The European Broadcasting Union called the government’s action “anti-democratic” and “unprofessional.” In April, Greek parliament passed a bill which would cause 15,000 state employees to lose their jobs by the end of next…

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Muslim Brotherhood Fully Supports Erdogan, Al-Qaradawi Say

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Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, president of the Association of Muslim Scholars, and the ideological leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, issued a written statement yesterday stating he fully supports Erdogan. Qaradawi called on the people of Turkey to get behind the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan against foreign conspiracies, so that the Turkish government can protect its historic gains. Sheikh al-Qaradawi said the opposition who are protesting in the Taksim Square qualifies as a minority, and they should respect the opinion of the majority and refrain from destructive behaviors. Qaradawi  also praised Erdogan for passing all kinds of social and moral laws…

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Turkey Arrests Two Canadian Journalists

CBC correspondents Sasa Petricic, left, and Derek Stoffel have been detained by police in Turkey amid ongoing protests in the country. (Eric Foss/CBC)

Canadian CBC  News reports that two of their journalists Sasa Petricic and Derek Stoffel were detained by Turkish police on Wednesday, while covering the ongoing protests in Istanbul. Sasa Petricic has posted a tweet at around 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday that read: “Arrested.” Derek Stoffel’s last message on the social networking site included a photo of heavy machinery clearing out barricades erected by protesters near Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has expressed his concern about the well-being of the journalists to Turkey’s ambassador to Canada. CBC made contact with them and says the journalists…

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Turkish Police Beat and Arrested Attorneys in Courthouse (Video)

Caglayan Courthouse in Istanbul, Turkey, was a scene of scuffle and disgrace earlier today, when a group of police officers beat up and detained more than 50 attorneys who were in the courthouse to represent their clients. The majority of the attorneys were the legal representatives of some of the protestors who were illegally detained or injured by the Turkish police during the ongoing protests in Istanbul and throughout the country. In a move that casts doubt on the Turkish government’s commitment to the rule of law, an additional 30 attorneys were dragged out of the courthouse by force when…

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Swiss Support Tougher Asylum Legislation as Refugee Numbers Spike

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In a referendum on Sunday June 9, Swiss voters have overwhelmingly backed government’s move to tighten asylum restrictions, while the number of refugees in the country has spiked. Human rights activists who had hoped the vote would reject the laws that sparked the referendum. Instead, almost 80 percent of voters gave it the green light. After this vote people won’t be able to seek asylum through Swiss embassies anymore – which had been unique in Europe. Military desertion is no longer considered a valid reason to be granted asylum. Military desertion has been the key reason cited by Eritreans, who…

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In Philadelphia, Unregulated Capitalism Claims The Lives of 6 More Innocent Victims.

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Last week the weapon of mass destruction known as unregulated capitalism tragically and senselessly claimed more innocent American lives. On Wednesday, June 5th, a demolition crew was working on taking down a building in Philadelphia when suddenly the whole building collapsed, taking out the building next door with it. The adjacent building housed a Salvation Army Thrift Store. This is where most of the victims were innocently going about their days when,  Without warning, the wrath of unregulated capitalism literally came crashing down upon their heads, needlessly ending 6 lives and forever altering 14 others. The contractor, Griffin Campbell Construction Co.,…

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