My Twitter Feed

September 19, 2015

Archives:

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

Al-Nusra Say They are Ready to Fight Hezbullah in Syria

640x392_64002_254534

Jabhat Al-Nusra, a Sunni Muslim extremist rebel group trying to topple the regime of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, declared that they are ready to fight Assad supporter Hezbollah. As the Syria’s brutal two-year war drags on and it has grown more sectarian and more likely to spill over into neighboring countries. Lebanon and Iran could be pitting Hezbollah militants against Al Qaeda-linked jihadists who have flocked to Syria from across the Muslim world. Al-Nusra, recently swore allegiance to Al Qaeda, is part of the many factions of Syrian opposition. As reported by Progressive Press on May 13, the opposition is…

Read More

Seizure of AP Phone Records Include Phone Conversations between Congressmen and the Reporters, Rep. Claims

U.S. Representative for California’s 22nd congressional district, Devin Nunes, dropped a bombshell on the Hugh Hewitt radio show yesterday, claiming that the Department of Justice wire-tapped the House of Representatives Cloak Rooms. During the interview, the host and the Representative were discussing the issue of DoJ seizing  the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors without a warrant or even notifying the news agency, Mr. Nunes said: “I don’t think people are focusing on the right thing when they talk about going after the AP reporters. The big problem that I see is that they actually tapped right where…

Read More

BP and Shell HQs Raided by European Commission on Oil Price Fixing Suspicion

16601

Two of Britain’s biggest oil companies’ London headquarters were raided by EU investigators yesterday, over allegations that customers have been ripped off at the petrol pump for years. The officers from the European Commission’s competition authority searched BP and Shell’s offices, to look for evidence of price rigging. In the wake of the Libor interest rate manipulation scandals, the EC has launched an investigation on what could be the next price fixing scandal by these big oil companies conspiring to inflate oil prices and, in turn, the cost of petrol. The Commission stated that the anti-competitive co-operation may also have…

Read More

U.S. and Canada to boycott Iran’s Disarmament Presidency in UN

ahmadinejadpeace

U.S. and Canada jointly announced, their ambassadors will boycott Iran’s looming presidency of the UN disarmament conference where Tehran will be at the helm for five weeks. The presidency of the disarmament conference follows an alphabetical rotation among the 65 member states. Tehran will assume the presidency of the conference from May 27 until June 23. U.S. Mission to the United Nations spokesperson, Erin Pelton, issued a press release today stating “Iran’s upcoming rotation as President of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) is unfortunate and highly inappropriate. The United States continues to believe that countries that are under Chapter VII…

Read More

Syria: U.S. Media Drops The Ball As They Did Just Before Iraq War

Syria-Jabhat-al-Nusra-600x337

The know-it-all U.S. mainstream media are pushing a black and white narrative of an extremely complex conflict in the Middle East, again. Just as they did prior to the Iraq War, they are following the White House’s story of a “big, bad dictator, killing his own people with chemical weapons”. The reasons for this shortfall of honest reporting vary from incompetence to laziness, but there could also be a more sinister agenda: helping the U.S. government to propagate its plan to either invade or intervene in Syria. After all, Americans will always be more sympathetic to victims who are suffering…

Read More

Happy Mother’s Day (video)

Happy Mother’s Day, Progressive Press readers! We hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. In honor of the day, we want to share this video with you. Mother’s Day has its origins as a peace holiday. In 1858, Ann Jarvis, a young mother from West Virginia, started organizing Mother’s Work Days. After the Civil War, they focused on reconciling former enemies of the Union and Confederacy, and honoring mothers who had lost family in the war. Inspired by the work of Ann Jarvis, and the traditional British day of Mothering Sunday, social activist Julia Ward Howe championed the cause of a…

Read More

Guatemalan Dictator Montt Found Guilty of Genocide (Video)

On Friday, former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity for his role in the slaughter of thousands of innocent civilians in the 1980s. This is the first time ever a former head of state has been found guilty of genocide in his own country. He is sentenced to 80 years in prison. Montt’s defense attorneys insist that the decision is illegal and are preparing legal challenges to the ruling, while the prosecution says the decision is binding. Rios Montt, now 86, took power after a coup in 1982, in the midst of…

Read More

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History

Global_Warming

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that for the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) level reached 400 parts per million, meaning concentration of carbon dioxide gas in the Earth’s atmosphere is the highest ever. Climate Central, an independent climate research organization, explains that a rise in CO2 emissions would bring greater atmospheric warming and exacerbate the effects of climate change. Research also shows the effects would be irreversible as CO2 molecules can remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. According to Climate Central researcher and writer Andrew Freedman, the last time CO2…

Read More

U.S. Sends Millions of Dollars Aid to Syria While Cutting Meals for Poor American Children

us-aid

The Obama administration is providing $100 million in new Syria aid, U.S. officials said Wednesday, bringing the total U.S. aid to $510 million since the civil war began in that country more than two years ago. I am all for foreign aid, and feel terrible for the innocent displaced people, not only in Syria but all over the world. (Yes, there are others around the world dealing with similar civil wars and displacement, but of course our focus is on the Middle East. I will let you conclude on the reasons.) Common sense begs the question: If we are unable…

Read More

Iran Media Crackdown Intensifies as the Election Looms

Iran inmprison journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New-York based independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, reports on Iran’s intense crackdown on independent media ahead of the country’s presidential election in June. According to the analysis done by the organization, Iran currently has at least 40 journalists in prison, the second-highest total in the world and a figure that reflects the government’s continuing determination to silence independent coverage of public affairs. Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa Coordinator said that Iranian officials were “determined to silence independent coverage of public affairs” in anticipation of the upcoming election. He…

Read More

Sanford’s South American Walkabout Through the Busch

130409120929_colbert-busch-mark-sanford

Co-written by Danny Turkel and Michael Andrew McAdams Oh, hey Mark Sanford.  What a surprise to see you here. Yes, in a very close race, former Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford defeated Elisabeth Colbert Busch on May 7, 2013 for the First Congressional District in South Carolina. The seat had been vacated because of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint taking a position at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Think Tank. Governor Nikki Haley appointed House Member Tim Scott, to replace DeMint’s seat. Mark Sanford’s previous job title had been Governor of South Carolina. It’s not unheard of for politicians to…

Read More

London Conference On Somalia: UK, IMF and Others

More than 50 governments attended a meeting in London on Tuesday – co-hosted by David Cameron, the British Prime Minister and Somali President Hassan Sheikh. About a year from the first such UK-hosted meeting of international backers, significant advances on both the political and security fronts have been made. A government has been installed and more territory grabbed back from the control of al Shabaab Islamist militias. A senior UK diplomat said however, that the gains remained “very fragile”. Speaking after the international conference on Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged support to Somalia, saying the challenges faced by the…

Read More

Teacher Appreciation Week: Do Something!

Picture of teacher and student

Since 1985, Teacher Appreciation Week has officially taken place during the first full week of May, and National Teacher Day falls on Tuesday. Perhaps your children are engaged in school activities or assemblies which celebrate the impact teachers have on students’ lives. Teachers often work long hours for relatively low pay. Teachers continually give, often at the sake of their own expense and personal time in a cultural and political climate that often overlooks the full value of teachers’ contributions to society. And yet, practically all people can recall that one teacher who truly made a difference in their lives….

Read More

War With Syria Signifies A War With Iran: Resolution 65

iran_44-600x350

On April 17th, while the entire U.S. media was focused on the chase for Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the 2nd terrorist suspect in the Boston Marathon attacks, the Senate introduced Resolution 65, affirming that the U.S. will fully back Israel in the instance of war with Iran. The Resolution goes beyond affirming U.S. commitment in preventing a nuclear Iran. It ensures that the United States will ‘authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.’ Meaning, the U.S. will go to war with Iran if Israel does. This resolution…

Read More

Greed is a Disease

greed-title-still

Written by Guest Author PC There is a great deal of truth in the below meme’s powerful statement. Countries like China, Mexico, Bangladesh and others do not have Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) — to protect their people from politicians like Michelle Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry and industry captains the likes of the Koch Brothers and their ilk. Greed is a disease, suffered by most occasionally and by a few that seeks its symptoms without hesitation; these people dismiss the thought that anyone suffers from greed. If you are a conservative who pushes the right-wing agenda and talking points, but…

Read More

Of Massachusetts And Men: The Burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev

BostonFlag

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

Ten Reasons Why You Should not Support the NRA

120905055240-money-bills-story-top

1. The NRA is a terrorist’s best friend.   Technology is making it increasingly possible to manufacture handguns made primarily of plastic and other non-metal materials which cannot be discovered by metal detectors. This gun would be a terrorist’s dream but a nightmare for airport security. In the 1980s Ronald Reagan’s Attorney General proposed a ban on the manufacture of plastic guns, but the NRA opposed this legislation and it was withdrawn.  Over the years, similar attempts to prohibit the manufacture of plastic guns have been killed by the NRA. Of course, no law-abiding person needs a handgun that can evade…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More