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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

Of Massachusetts And Men: The Burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev

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I realize that, by writing this, I am bringing unnecessary tsuris into my life. So be it. Since when did we become a gaggle of punk haters (read: not punk-haters)? If I understand this correctly, many of you would like to have the body of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev “fed to the sharks” or “mutilated….desecrated” or “incinerated” or “shipped to Russia”. Are we in agreement so far? OK. I’d like to know what I’m missing here because I don’t think this is how we, as Americans, behave. This is not how we treat the dead; yes, even that dead…

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Israel Strikes Syrian Armed-Forces Sites (Video)

On Friday and Sunday, Israel carried out the second and third strikes on Syria this year, significantly increasing the country’s involvement with the civil war and bloodshed in Syria, the BBC reported Sunday. Israel has claimed responsibility for an earlier strike on Syria in January, and says that the target of the strikes were weapons headed to the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. All of the strikes have caused casualties and widespread damage. The New York Times reported that one of the targets was a shipment of Iranian-made Fateh-110s missiles. Iran and Hezbollah have both backed President Bashar al-Assad in the…

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Morphees : Shape-shifting Smartphones (Video)

Are you ready for a shape-shifting smartphone? Ready or not, shape-shifting smartphones and mobile devices are making their way from research labs to the consumer marketplace. Last month, led by Anne Roudaut, a group of computer scientists from University of Bristol in the UK presented the “Morphees” as Transformer-like mobile devices of the future. The six prototypes, developed by the researchers, could change the shape of your mobile phone into a gaming controller or even a stress ball. The prototypes were made out of various materials like plastic, paper and wood, along with shape-changing materials and shape-memory alloys. The concept…

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French Socialists Slam Germany’s Merkel (Video)

A leaked memo by ruling French Socialist Party calls German Chancellor Merkel “selfish” and “obsessed with Germany’s economy and her own political career”, as a criticism of her drive for more belt-tightening measures and the main driver of EU-imposed austerity. A source in French President Francois Hollande’s office said that the document, released by mistake in April, represented only the party, but did not dispute its central message. EU debt crisis has strained the cooperation between France and Germany, while the ideologically opposed leaders have disagreed on points of economic policy. The German government played down the remarks as Senior…

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Editor’s Note

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Amidst the Terror and Fear I have lived in 3 different countries and traveled to a few others, and I assure you: 90% of the population in those countries do not have a clue what their government- together with their military, mega corporations and banks- is doing. So, make sure you do not hate on the people of those countries for their governments’ wrongdoings. Every government, without exception, has secret dealings and has blood in its hands, sometimes even without the knowledge of its President. I came to learn the difference. Most people are innocent. We wake up each morning,…

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Are the Suburbs Undergoing a Metamorphosis?

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The Global Economic Crash of 2008 was a watershed which is continuing to have effects in all aspects of the economy, politics and society. However, it was merely an exclamation mark within the developing trends in the U.S. that are pertinent to suburbanization in the country, such as: -The national economy will not bounce back to pre-2008 in the foreseeable future with continued slow growth -Demographics have changed (Baby Boomers retiring, smaller family sizes, more single adults, more ethnic diversity etc.) -The smaller labor force in manufacturing requiring unskilled labor -A decline in the middle class’s purchasing power due to…

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May 1st is International Worker’s Day, Here’s Why it Matters:

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In case you’ve missed it, today (5/1) is International Worker’s Day, also known as May Day. In America, the biggest holiday for workers is Labor Day, which falls in September. May Day is  the international worker’s equivalent of labor day. Around the world, protests and demonstrations have shown the extent to which workers are outraged and are showing their ability to flex their collective muscle. In Istanbul, Turkey, demonstrators caused a city-wide shut down. In Greece, striking union workers shut down train and ferry services. In Jakarta, an estimated 150,000 workers marched on the capital, demanding an increase in pay and…

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Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet

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In Europe, Ireland is the country with the strictest abortion laws. Under the current law, abortion is a crime unless if it occurs as a result of a medical intervention performed to save the life of the mother. Mrs Halappanavar, a 31 year old woman originally from India, was 17 weeks pregnant when she started feeling pain in her back and was bleeding. She sought medical attention and tests revealed that she was going through a miscarriage. Over the course of three days, she pleaded with her doctors to perform a termination. The doctors justified that they could still hear…

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Tolerating The Intolerant: Reaction To NBA’s Jason Collins

Seeing as it is now the face of gay rights in U.S. professional sports, the NBA old guard should invest in some tolerance and semantics education, STAT. While the reaction to Jason Collins’ coming out was largely positive and most offered support and gratitude, there were also a few wrinkles and misconceptions that warrant a discussion. On a day when one of their own made history and took a giant leap of faith by becoming the first active male athlete in any major U.S. professional sport to publicly acknowledge that, yes, he is a gay man, the sentry of lifers…

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Was Syrian “Regime Change” Planned in 1957? (Video)

As I have been hearing the war drums beating louder and louder for the invasion of Syria, albeit the President’s resistance, I remembered a Guardian article, I have read years ago. According to the article, published in the Guardian newspaper on September 27, 2003, America’s CIA and Britain’s MI6 security forces made plans to overthrow the Syrian government in 1957 and assassinate three of its key leaders, because the country was increasingly orientating towards Moscow and threatening the West’s oil supplies. Matthew Jones, a specialist in international history at Royal Holloway, University of London, discovered the plans in the private…

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Treatment of Palestinian Children in Israeli Prisons Continues to Draw Attention from Human Rights Groups (video)

Palestinian hunger strikers in Israeli prisons have recently drawn significant media attention to prisoner issues over the past months, including notable poor conditions for Palestinian children within Israeli prisons. Addameer, a Palestinian prisoner support and human rights organization, reported that 236 prisoners were put into detention during the month of April 2013.  An average of 200 child prisoners are incarcerated monthly, the report also shows. This issue gained significant attention in February of 2013, when a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was released, showing that ill-treatment and in some cases, torture are widespread and systematic within Israeli…

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Turkish State Airlines Bans Red Lipstick

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Last week, Turkish Airlines (THY), a state-run company flying to more than 200 destinations worldwide, announced a ban on the usage of red lipstick and hair buns for women flight attendants. Previously, the airlines revised its dress code in 2012, banning the use of red and blonde hair colors for female flight attendants and female cabin crew. The new 2012 dress code forced women flight attendants to wear pastel colors uniforms and braid their hair, instead of pulling it up in ponytails. The administration of Turkish Airlines claims the amendments to its “Flight Attendant Dress Code” were changed following “complaints…

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The Tale of Uncle Tsarnaev, CIA Chief Graham Fuller and a Turkish Islamist Who Lives in USA

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What could be the connection between the Boston Marathon bombing suspects’ uncle Ruslan, an ex-CIA Fuller and a Turkish Imam named Fethullah Gulen? Turkish preacher named Fethullah Gülen has been living in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania since 1999. Despite not having an education goes beyond the 5th grade, he has several hundred educational organizations such as K–12 schools, universities, and language schools (mostly English) that have been established around the world, mainly Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkans, and including U.S.A. How did he receive his US residency status while he was ‘wanted’ by the –then- Turkish Government, is still a mystery. Now, this…

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Boston Marathon Bombing and the Simplicity/Complexity of Terrorism

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Since the Boston bombing, the media is overflowing again with the familiar lines capriciously flung on Right wing media such as:  “Muslims are a violent people. More violence is to come if we continue to let Muslims immigrate to the U.S.. Obama is a Muslim and supporting Al Qaeda and Progressives being Marxists and Socialists [they are equal in Tea Party jargon] are coddling terrorists and proposing an overgenerous immigration policy.” At this point, there is scant evidence for any conclusion on the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities are not sure if the Boston Marathon bombing were part of a terrorist…

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As Unemployment Persists, Employers Pick Cherries

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For the unemployed, especially the “long term unemployed,” the prospects for the future look dimmer everyday. A recent NorthEastern University study regarding the affects of long term unemployment – specifically unemployment lasting six months or longer – points out, those with longer periods of unemployment, almost in a self fulfilling prophetic fashion, find their opportunities for a return to the labor force diminished, almost by the day. After sending out thousands of mock resumes in pairs to potential employers, researchers found that those with six months or more of unemployment, regardless of qualifications or experience, had less than a ten…

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British Millionaire Who Sold Iraq Fake Bomb Detectors Found Guilty

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British businessman, James McCormick, who sold golf ball finders as bomb detectors to countries at war where thousands of people were dying and injured by explosives, has been found guilty of fraud in a British court on April 24. McCormick, 57, reportedly made an estimated 50 million pounds ($76 million) from the sales of golf ball finders worth $20 for up to $40,000 each. Experts said the devices lacked “any grounding in science” and were “completely ineffectual as a piece of detection equipment.” A former policeman and salesman, McCormick, sold the devices to military and police forces around the world,…

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PKK Sets the Date for Withdrawal from Turkey

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According to today’s report on Hurriyet Daily News, The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has announced its withdrawal from Turkey, starting May 8th. The PKK separatists have been fighting the Turkish government for the last three decades, demanding an independent Kurdish state, which resulted in more than 40,000 people’s death. Announcement came after the jailed leader of the organization, Abdullah Ocalan, declared on March 21st that the PKK would withdraw its militants from the Turkish soil On March 21, after more than four decades of waging war there. The US, European Union and Turkey designate the group as a terrorist organization…

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Tsarnaev was Possibly CIA, Says FBI Whistleblower (video)

Former FBI employee and whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds explains in her detailed and in-depth analysis how elder Tsarnaev fits the profile of a CIA operative, including data on his visits to the North Caucasus region and his activities. First, I want to give you a little bit of background information on Sibel Edmonds. She is not a conspiracy theorist, never has been one. She was, however, a contracted employee of FBI between 2001 and 2002. Edmonds worked as a translator and interpreter for the FBI. She reported Al Qaeda threats that she translated for her supervisors. When she realized that no…

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The Real “Weapon of Mass Destruction”: Unregulated Capitalism

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Last week’s news was  dominated by the story of the bombings at the Boston marathon, followed by the manhunt for the brothers who are suspected to have perpetrated those horrific acts. The attacks killed 3 and injured over 160. The manhunt caused the shutdown of the entire city of Boston for one day. It seemed as if the entire nation was shaken and captivated by this story. Unfortunately, the carnage and destruction of the Boston attacks was not the worst thing to happen in America last week. By sheer numbers and destruction, the Boston attacks pale in comparison to the…

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Is it Religion or is it a Blowback of U.S. Foreign Policy?

The Washington Post reports that the second suspect in the Boston bombing, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has told interrogators that the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan motivated him and his brother to carry out the attack that killed three and injured more than 260 people. The report comes one day after U.S. officials told the Associated Press that it was the religious beliefs of Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan that fueled their alleged plot. So, is it religion or is it a blowback of US foreign policy? When we read through the manifestos of the different groups U.S.A classifies…

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