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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

Alzheimer’s Nursing Home Patient Tased by a Police Officer

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Written by guest author Pam Brammann R.N., Certified Dementia Trainer When I read the report about an Alzheimer’s nursing home patient being tased by a police officer to calm him, I was astounded. It was abundantly clear that the staff did not understand how to properly respond to people with Alzheimer’s disease when they are upset. The staff did not know how to disengage behavioral challenges that Alzheimer’s patients commonly present. The article claimed that the patient had been improperly medicated, which led to the violent behavior. Even then, I question the escalation that led to the police being called….

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French President Hollande Wages War against Tax Evasion

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Trying to restore public trust after the resignation of Budget Minister Jérome Cahuzac, amid allegations of tax fraud, French President Francois Hollande announced today that he will work to eradicate “tax havens “ in Europe and the world, and he would step up the fight against corruption. Mr Hollande said there was “a need for a relentless battle against the excesses of money, greed and secret finance.” In order to increase transparency, French banks will be required to publish a list of all foreign subsidiaries every year, while ministers must disclose personal assets. As part of the effort, Hollande also…

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Britons Party as some ‘Rejoice’ at Thatcher’s Death

According to reports coming from Britain, not everyone was that heartbroken over the death of the Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher. The former Prime Minister died from a stroke on Monday morning at the age of 87, at her suite in the Ritz Hotel in London. As the world leaders sent their condolences to the Britain, and the tributes poured in from many countries following the death of “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher, some Britons took to the streets to party and celebrated the passing of a woman they said had “ruined millions of lives”. The Conservative…

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Toothless International Arms Trade Treaty

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On April 2nd 2013, The United Nations General Assembly approved the first global arms trade treaty with 154 votes in favor, 3 against and 23 abstentions. The overwhelming approval comes one week after Iran, Syria and North Korea prevented a treaty-drafting conference at U.N. headquarters from reaching the required consensus to adopt the treaty. These same countries were the sole votes against the treaty last Tuesday. The text of this treaty carries the purpose of regulating the international trade in conventional arms. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon praised the treaty as a powerful new tool in preventing grave human rights abuses and…

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North Korea Pulls 53,000 Workers from Joint Factories With South

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In the North Korean town Kaesong, an industrial complex run by both North and South Korea has been operating for years despite military and political tensions between the two countries, including an artillery attack on South Korean island three years ago. But Kim Yang Gon, a secretary of the Central Committee of the North’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, released the announcement  Monday that it would be withdrawing all 53,000 workers from Kaesong industrial complex, the latest news in deteriorating North-South relations. This was an unexpected move, considering the profit that the North gains from the complex. The North “will temporarily suspend the operations…

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Do Some U.S. Senators Support Genocide?

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A first ever comprehensive international Arms Trade Treaty was approved by UN on April 3rd, 2013. The treaty seeks to regulate the $70 billion (46.2 billion pounds) business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. If the treaty is signed by President Obama, government agencies would review it before the administration decides whether to seek ratification by the Senate. The Arms Trade Treaty is intended to prevent brutal dictators from acquiring conventional weapons including tanks, missiles, warships, artillery, and combat aircraft which they can use on their own people to commit genocide. Passage…

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Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike

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On Thursday April 4th, for the second time in less than a year, workers at fast food restaurants in New York City staged a surprise strike. Over 400 workers at restaurants like McDonalds, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, and Burger King walked off the job. The workers, who mostly earn the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25, demanded a living wage of $15 an hour, as well as the right to union representation. The strike was timed to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, who was killed while in Memphis, Tenn. to support striking sanitation…

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Unemployment Decreased Slightly, Fewer New Jobs Created than Forecasted: Is the Worst Still to Come?

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The U.S. Department of Labor reported on Friday April 5th that the unemployment percentage  was down to 7.6 percent. Only 88,000 jobs were added to the economy in March. Economists had predicted close to 200,000 new jobs would be created for the month. This is before the effects of the Federal Budget cuts, also known as austerity measures, go into place. These budget cuts will have extreme negative effects in US economy as witnessed in Europe, country after country. The first wave of budget cuts will put many Federal employees out of work; it will also cause a decrease in…

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Occupy Convergence: The New Face of Activism?

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“Occupy has had to do a lot of soul searching…” That was the response by Occupy New Hampshire organizer Ryan Glen Hirsch, when asked about where the Occupy Wall Street movement is and how it has evolved since its hay-day in 2011. I met with Ryan in Manchester on Tuesday, to discuss the upcoming “Occupy New England (ONE) Regional Convergence (no acronym necessary)” event, scheduled to take place at the end of the month. As I readied my materials to take notes on the conversation, a packet of small black and white leaflets is slid across the table towards me….

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The Secret Story of the World’s Oil Domination: Who Are the Seven Sisters?

Yesterday, Al Jazeera News Network aired the first episode of a four part documentary series titled “The Secret of the Seven Sisters”, which reveals how a secret pact was signed in 1928 to form a cartel that controls the world’s oil to this day. In 1928, three main global petroleum producers met in the Scottish castle named Achnacarry, to sign a secret contract in order to control and distribute the world’s oil and the profits from the oil business. The agreement is known as the Achnacarry Agreement, or “As-Is” Agreement, was signed on September 17th, 1928. Documentary depicts how the…

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What Does the Future Hold for Syria?

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The civil war in Syria continues to drag on tragically, nearing its third year. With thousands of lives lost and at least one million refugees fleeing to neighboring countries, Syria is no longer a viable country. There are common electricity outages, food shortages, half of the buildings destroyed, including many hospitals, massive dislocation of its population-internally and externally, and a civilian death toll of over 70,000, which continues to increase. One of the hardest hit cities has been Aleppo, the largest in Syria. Being a major battleground for both sides since the outset of the war, it continues to struggle…

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Secret Global Offshore Banking Scheme Exposed!

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Former chief economist, and a board member of the Tax Justice Network, James S. Henry’s research reveals that an estimated $21 trillion to $32 trillion in private financial wealth is tucked away in offshore havens, roughly equivalent to the size of the U.S. and Japanese economies combined. These offshore havens are managed by the world’s 50 largest “private banks” –considered legal and legitimate-, and their coffers grew from $5.4 trillion in 2005 to more than $12 trillion in 2010. Now, twelve diligent and patient journalists of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) organization, and 86 journalists from 46 countries, sifting…

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N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment

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Guam will soon be host to a U.S. missile defense system, as sabre rattling and war time rhetoric continue to spill from Pyongyang. The Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, will be deployed to the U.S. protectorate of Guam in the coming weeks, in an effort by the U.S. to buffer itself against any potential North Korean missile threats. Statements, made in a press release by the Pentagon today regarding the move, reflected Washington’s growing concern with the increasingly heated threats and actions made by North Korea in recent weeks. “The United States continues to urge the North…

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Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre

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(From Assed Baig, Independent U.K. Reporter, on the ground in Burma.) Reports of what actually took place in the Central Myanmar town of Meiktila are still emerging. IDPs are beginning to speak out and tell the world of what they witnessed with their own eyes. “They beat them in front of me. I was watching. I can still see it.” Noor Bi, is crying as she describes the moment when she saw her husband and brother murdered in front of her eyes as she fled Meiktila. The mob out numbered the police and they were unable to protect the Muslim…

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Washington State Debates Insurance-Funded Abortion Bill

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Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom, D-Medina, speaks at a pro-choice rally on Feb. 18, 2013, in Olympia, Wash. in support of H.B. 1044. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte) Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, at least 17 states have passed legislation that in some way restricts abortion coverage in their insurance exchanges, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Yet in Washington state, legislators seems to be moving against the trend of conservative abortion opposition. In February, the “Reproductive Parity Act,” or H.B. 1044, passed in the Washington House by a vote of 54-43.  The bill, which would…

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ACTION ALERT: Moms Demand Action Twitter Bomb Today

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Today, April 2, between the hours of 1PM and 3PM EST, the group Moms Demand Action (MDA) is calling on anyone with access to a computer, smartphone or tablet during those hours – be they Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister, Cousin, Grandma or anyone covered by the “rational human being” label – to participate in their organized “Twitter Bomb” on the Senate. If you’ve never participated in one of these, they are extremely effective and worthwhile. From the MDA website: “Please Tweet your Senators as frequently as possible between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2,…

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Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners

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After the signing of recent agreements with South Sudan, Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir has said that he will release all political detainees from his country. In a speech to open a new session of parliament, Al-Bashir said: “Today we announce a decision to free all the political prisoners and renew our commitment to all political powers about dialogue.” Al-Bashir, in power since 1989, did not say when and how many prisoners would be released. “We confirm we will continue our communication with all political and social powers without excluding anyone, including those who are armed, for a national dialogue which…

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Cypriot ‘Haircut’ Rattles International Community

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Cypriots with €100,000 euros or more in their accounts, will soon start feeling the pinch from coming bank levies, required under Cyprus’ new bailout restructuring plans. Once finalized, all depositors with accounts containing over €100,000 euros will find themselves subject to the “haircut,” with 22.5% of their account holdings being “taxed” to make up the down payment on the bailout. An additional 37.5% will be frozen for what E.U. and Cypriot officials are calling “liquidity reasons,” however unlike the previous “taxed” amount, these frozen assets will earn interest to the tune of ten percent, so long as the banks in question…

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“Bin Laden of Buddhism” Backpedals on Statements

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In what many are describing as a public relations ploy, radical monk Wirathu, the self described “Bin Laden of Buddhism,” has denied claims that his radical, often violent rhetoric was a condemnation of Muslims. In a statement to AFP (Agence France-Presse), the 45 year old monk went on to say that the “969” campaign, for which he has been the primary spokesman, was not responsible for the recent violence and rioting that has erupted in past weeks. “We just targeted Bengalis who are terrorizing ethnic Rakhine (Buddhists)” said Wirathu,” We are just preaching to prevent Bengalis entering the country and…

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Egyptians Brace for Austerity as Govt. Seeks IMF Loan

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Wednesday, representatives from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will arrive in Cairo to enter into new rounds of negotiations, regarding a proposed $4bn loan to the country. Egypt, which has continued to struggle with social and economic difficulties since the political unrest of 2011 that resulted in the ousting of former President Hosni Mubarak, is seeking the IMF aid in the hopes of bolstering its rapidly deteriorating economy. Egypt’s current President Mohammed Morsi is reported to have initiated negotiations with IMF in November. However, he was forced to delay finalization of any potential initial deals until December, due to political…

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