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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

Secret Prison Units Aim to Silence Dissidents

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(Federal Prison in Terre Haute, Indiana) Few throughout the United States have likely heard of the Bureau of Prisons’ “Communications Management Unit” or CMU. This is because, like most secret prison projects attached to the ever expanding U.S. War on Terror, it wasn’t announced to the public when first rolled out four years ago. Yet for a number of Americans, specifically those who have been held within the CMU units for “radical” or political speech, the nature of these institutions remains a daily part of their lives. Avon Twitty, who recently completed a prison sentence for a fatal shooting in…

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Hamas Segregates Schools by Gender in Gaza

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Hamas which has been ruling the Gaza Strip of Palestine since 2007, passed a new law earlier this month to segregate boys and girls in different schools. The series of controversial steps that the Hamas has been taking also include barring male teachers and male staffers from working at girls’ schools. The mandate separates classes for boys and girls from the age of nine, and it will take effect starting this September. Ministry of Education’s legal adviser Walid Mezher told Al Jazeera that the Palestinian education system was “organized before by the Egyptian 1933 education law, which is very outdated….

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U.S. Boycotts U.N. Meeting Called by Former Serbian Foreign Minister

Yesterday, The United States has led a boycott of a UN General Assembly meeting and panel discussion that was set up by former Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic. European and other Western countries have said that the session titled “international justice” was nothing but a thinly veiled attack on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The ICTY was established in 1993 and it has indicted 161 people for crimes against humanity committed during the wars that accompanied the breakup of the Yugoslav federation. Several dozen suspects remain on trial and 15 of them have been acquitted. Vuk…

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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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American Teacher: Documentary Review

Teaching is a tough job. That much is made clear in the documentary American Teacher  which was directed by Vanessa Roth. It’s a job that pays highly-educated professionals very little for such long hours. Teaching also requires great personal sacrifice, such as spending individual funds on classroom supplies, forgoing family time to attend school functions or grade papers, and even working a second or third job in order to barely cover the expenses of an average family. The documentary brings attention to the popular public opinion that teachers have short workdays and lots of vacation time. In reality, the workday of a teacher…

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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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Gun Violence Symptomatic Of Greed

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Written by Pat Grayson Guest Author Since the children were slaughtered at Sandy Hook by Adam Lanza, more than 3,000 people have been gunned down in the USA. That number continues to grow. It’s clearly obvious that people who plan mass murder are mentally ill, therefore executing these people solves nothing. Instead we should study these people and learn from them. Most everyone understands that logical changes are needed within the American society to safeguard innocent citizens and bystanders from future mass shootings. First an obvious point should be made clear, because it’s not discussed. Someone who is mentally ill does…

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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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The Debate Over Digital Photography – Part II

In Part I of The Debate over Digital Photography I asked the question, “Is digital photography true photography?” I believe I made my case strong, that yes, it is. But there is another matter to be dealt with yet on this subject, and that is dark rooms versus photo-editing software. There are many different programs out there and the most recognized name would be that of Adobe Photoshop, so much so that many people will referring to any photo-editing technique as “Photoshopping”. But there are many other programs out there, so I am not going to focus on Adobe Photoshop…

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Slippery Slopes, Camels’ Noses and You

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We’ve all heard them, suffered them and thrown them around like so many rhetorical dice landing where they may during arguments heated and hilarious, so without further adieu let’s examine two dog-eared metaphors of argument and their latest outings this past week. Thursday afternoon, Wayne “Slippery Slope” LaPierre appeared somewhat stunned by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly’s feint toward reporting, when she confronted him with the real possibility that several Sandy Hook students may still be alive today had gun magazine capacities been gently limited over the years. Also in the news, the White House finally revealed its DOA budget…

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Give Elected Officials 401(k) Plans

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Lately, there has been a lot of talk by the elected officials in many States, on ending pensions for public employees such as teachers, firefighters and police. Some of them even enacted on these talks, to pass laws to end guaranteed pension plans and turn them into 401 (k) option. And I say, let’s do the same for them: It is time for all elected officials, from the $186,000-a-year congressman to the small-town mayor, to no longer have taxpayer-funded pensions, but rather take a portion of their salaries and put them in 401(k) plans. With the types of benefit plans…

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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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45th Anniversary of King’s Assassination

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Imagine being told where you could sit in a bus, whether you could eat in a restaurant or which water fountain you could use to quench your thirst. This was the life of the African-American for the first half of the 20th century in states throughout the South. The segregation was commonplace, and some of the things that were done to maintain separation of the races were contemptible. Hotels could ban African-Americans, and restaurants could prevent blacks from entering through the front door. Instead, African-Americans would get their food in the back, right from the kitchen. The public water fountains…

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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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