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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

Russia’s Islamist Rebels Deny Link to Boston Bombings

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In a statement issued on Sunday, rebels in the North Caucasus said that they are not at war with Washington and have no link to the April 15 bombing of the Boston Marathon, according to a report in Bloomberg. The statement posted on the vdagestan.com website says: “The Caucasian Mujahedin are not fighting with the United States of America. We are at war with Russia, which is responsible not only for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for heinous crimes against Muslims.” 1st suspect Tamerlan, 26, was killed during a gunfight with the police and his 19-year-old brother, Dzhokar,…

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Did Gaddafi Fund Sarkozy’s 2007 Campaign?

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French prosecutors have opened an investigation against former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, after allegations that his successful 2007 election campaign might have received illegal funding from the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Sarkozy denies the allegations. The investigation had been opened after allegations by a Franco-Lebanese businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who said he had proof that Sarkozy’s campaign was illegally funded by the Libyan regime between 2006 and 2007. Takieddine himself is currently under investigation in France, in a separate case involving arms sales to Pakistan in the 1990s. Sarkozy met Gaddafi in Paris in 2007, short after his election. He…

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The Pop-up City: Making Something Out of Nothing

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The city is constantly in motion. In a dynamic city, people are shopping working, interacting, eating in restaurants, drinking in a cafes, walking/driving to a destination etc. Without people, a city is merely buildings, roads, trees, parks, grass….a ghost town. However, many cities have become dull places, reduced down to their functional economic uses: retail, business, industry and residents.  This functional capitalistic city is embodied in the suburbs in the U.S.Suburban life has been reduced to strip malls, fast food restaurants, big box stores, malls, car lots, endless subdivisions, parking lots, streets, expressways and the constant buzz of cars and…

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National Poetry Month: Poetri’s “Money”

Every month since 1996, April has been National Poetry Month, introduced by the Academy of American Poets. That year on April 1st, President Bill Clinton wrote a letter to the academy in honor of the very first National Poetry Month. In this letter Clinton wrote: “Throughout history, America has been blessed by the powerful voices of our poets. Dedicated artists, innovators, and stewards of our language, they tell us not only who we are, but also who we can become. They distill our emotions, clarify our thoughts, and renew our spirits with the vigor of their words and the freshness…

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Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies

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Boston is in a state of lock down today as a massive manhunt continues for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been named as a primary suspect in the bombing of the Boston Marathon. Authorities have urged Boston residents to stay indoors and all bus and cab service has been suspended while police continue their search. The FBI and National Guard are assisting. The lock down comes following a violent rampage early Friday morning, where Dzhokhar and his brother Tamerlane are said to have robbed a 7-11, killed an MIT police officer and fled in a stolen SUV. In a confrontation with…

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Former President Musharraf Flees Pakistan Court after Arrest Order

Today, Islamabad High Court refused to extend the bail that was granted to the former military leader Pervez Musharraf a month ago, and ordered his arrest. Former President fled the court to escape to his villa. Musharraf, 69, who served as the tenth President of Pakistan from 2001 until 2008, after seizing power in a coup in 1999 when he was serving as the army chief, faces a slew of legal troubles including charges of treason and corruption. Other charges he faces are his alleged failure to provide adequate security to opposition leader Benazir Bhutto at the time of her…

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Marketing Secrets of USA Politics

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An acquaintance and I were discussing an issue on why sensationalism and negativity seems to be so popular in USA politics, and is there a difference in reaching people of opposing political persuasions. My friend sent a link to an article that reflects her opinion that I can summarize: Liberals are ruining America because they are answering conservative talk propaganda, which further enables conservatives by giving them even more attention. The article used the example of Sandra Fluke and Rush Limbaugh concerning the issue – Should insurance companies and employers who offer health insurance benefits be required to offer birth control to…

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Iraq Executes 21 Men in One Day

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Iraq’s Ministry of Justice reported Tuesday that the country hanged 21 men after they were convicted of terrorism, the latest in a series of mass executions that have drawn international condemnation. The death penalty was suspended after the 2003 invasion but was quickly restored by the first Iraqi government by 2005. Since then, at least 447 prisoners have been executed, including Saddam Hussein, and his associates. According to Amnesty International, Iraq is now one of the world’s leading executioners with hundreds of prisoners waiting on death row and continuous hangings. Iraq’s executions have sparked concern from the United Nations, as…

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Misdirected Hatred after Boston Tragedy

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9/11, the worst terrorist attack in USA history, amidst the shock and grief, brought us together. Everyone rallied around the President. Initially, nobody exploited that disaster for political reasons. Eventually, we learned of all the warnings and missed opportunities to prevent that attack, and the political debates proceeded. Yet for a long time, the immense tragedy itself brought us all together in ways that transcended politics. Today, things are different. Within an hour of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, some people were already blaming the U.S. President. Before the president even had a chance to speak about the attack,…

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I Do not Want to Only Pray for the Victims of the Boston Marathon!

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Major acts of violence are becoming too common in the U.S. And after each one, we hear the litanies of: “Pray for the victims and their families.” Then, we expect the other statements about how brave the EMTs, policemen and common citizens were there and were heroes. My prayer is “I do not want to hear this ever again! ”  Because, I don’t want to have more terrorist attacks or mass shootings which not only kill innocent people, but tear at the fragile fabric of society. Saying, ‘Pray for the victims and families” is just not enough anymore. We must…

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A ‘Masterful’ Game in so Many Ways

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One of the most commonly used clichés in sports is the so-called “Game of the Ages.” But there can really be no better way to describe what happened at the 77th Masters Golf Tournament on Sunday. The Masters is a tournament unto itself. The course was designed by one of the greatest players in golf, Bobby Jones. It is the only one of the four major tournaments in golf to be played at the same course every year. This tournament is so significant that even some of the holes, meaning the fairways and greens, have been named. It was on…

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Major Quake Hits South-East Iran

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A powerful earthquake has struck Iran’s border regions with Pakistan. It is measured to be the most powerful quake in Iran for more than 50 years. The number of casualties currently is not clear, but the tremors reported to be felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East. According to the Reuters news, 13 Pakistanis were killed in the quake with Pakistan bearing the brunt of the earthquake. The provincial home minister of the Washuk district of Pakistan said the quake destroyed more than 50 shops in the district. Although the reports from the city of Saravan, closest city to…

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2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing

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Two explosions, presently speculated to be the result of planned bombings, have rocked the city of Boston at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Initial reports state that presently dozens are injured. There has yet to be any official reports on the size of the explosions, and no credit has been taken for the attacks. Unconfirmed twitter traffic suggests some runners and spectators may have lost limbs and possibly lives. Jackie Bruno, a correspondent with New England Cable News (NECN) reported via tweet to have seen runners with legs “blown off…” After the initial explosion, Boston Police reported detonation…

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Marriage Equality Law Passes The French Senate

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In recent months, large and sometimes violent demonstrations have taken place in Paris against the proposed legislation meant to legalize marriage for homosexual couples. While France’s National Assembly had already agreed to the legislation, tens of thousands of people continued to demonstrate against it. Following passage by the National Assembly, the French Senate approved the controversial “Equality Act” proposed by the Socialist Party controlled government, earlier this month. In France, same sex couples will be able to legally marry and adopt children from now on. The second reading of the National Assembly on this legislation, scheduled for this Wednesday, is…

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Violence Grows in Guantanamo Bay as Inmates Continue Hunger Strike

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In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prisoners were confronted with rubber bullets on Saturday in a clash against guards. The inmates were attacking guards in protest of an end to communal housing, several sources reported Monday. Prisoners have been on hunger strike against pillaging of personal items by guards since February, and the Pentagon recently named 11 inmates being force fed, in order to combat the ongoing strike. The striking inmates are also said to be starving themselves in order to draw attention to their indefinite confinement, lawyers said. Amnesty International has reported that approximately 60 inmates, many of whom have been hunger striking,…

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Martin Sheen Honored in Pittsburgh for His Activism

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In a building dedicated to those who have fought in America’s wars, about 250 people gathered in Pittsburgh on Saturday to honor a man who has dedicated his life to working for international peace and social justice.

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Venezuela Votes to Choose Chavez Successor

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Venezuelans were voting today to elect a president to complete the term of the late Hugo Chavez. The polls are indicating a victory for his handpicked successor, Nicolas Madura. Chavez designated his vice president, Maduro, to fill out the unexpired portion of his six-year term before losing his life to a battle with cancer at the age of 58 on March 5, 2013. Maduro has been the acting president since the Chavez’s death and had a 7-point lead over challenger Henrique Capriles in the most recent major polls. Maduro has said he would follow Chavez’s footsteps and further what he…

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Russia Outlaws USA Officials over Human Rights Violations

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Russia has banned 18 officials from the George W. Bush administration on Saturday from entering the country, accusing them of committing human rights violations. The move comes as retaliation after the US Treasury Department blacklisted 18 Russians, over a bill which was passed by the U.S. Congress in November–December 2012, called the Magnitsky Act. The bill, formally known as the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 4405), was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee in June 2012, and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 14, 2012. Sponsored by Senator Ben Cardin, the…

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Tea Party Protests We Can Believe In

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On this Monday, April 15th, we will enjoy both the benefits and detriments of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution which has permitted income taxation by Congress for the last 100 years. Also on this day in all 50 states, “grass roots” tax protests of varying authenticity will occur outside post offices, government buildings and town squares as tens of thousands bemoan the annual freedom killing duty that is the timely filing of our returns. Notwithstanding that these protest folks are in apoplexy over the lowest marginal tax rates since Reagan, that the last GOP POTUS turned a $200 billion…

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Could 3-D Printing Change the Society and the City?

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3-D printing combined with its increasing affordability could be an important element in accelerating the world away from the Post-Industrial to the Information Age.  3-D printing is the process of producing a physical object from a digital blue print or a scanned object. It is an additive process, not a subtractive process, as used in the machine tooling for a metal or plastic object. It relies on a mold that is inserted with a material (plastic, iron, copper etc.) to make a finished product. Using a digital schematic, the 3-D printer builds a series of layers using material such as:…

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