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September 14, 2015

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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

Nigerian Farmers vs. Royal Dutch Shell

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“The scale of the pollution is enormous: twice as much oil has been spilled in Nigeria than was in the Gulf of Mexico. Only there (Nigeria) it’s never been cleaned up.” – Friends of the Earth Netherlands spokesman, Geert Ritsema The headlines on January 30 were somewhat ominous: Dutch court rejects claims made by Nigerian farmers. Court sides with Royal Dutch Shell. Nigerian farmers lose bid to hold Shell accountable. But why? In a world where headlines sell, isn’t the sexier story “Nigerian farmer scores victory against oil giant in landmark environmental suit”? Because that’s what happened. In 2008, four…

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Was Pablo Neruda Poisoned by Pinochet?

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“I crave your mouth, your voice, your hair. Silent and starving, I prowl through the streets. Bread does not nourish me, dawn disrupts me, all day I hunt for the liquid measure of your steps.” – Pablo Neruda Who knew one of my favorite poets was a communist and died, under very suspicious circumstances, only 12 days after his close friend, socialist Chilean President Salvador Allende, in 1973? The Pablo Neruda Foundation announced on Friday that the Judge Mario Carroza has ruled in favor of exhuming the body of Nobel Prize-winning poet for an autopsy, seeking to determine the cause…

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Brooklyn College Hosts BDS Panel

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On February 7th, Brooklyn College hosted a panel of two speakers in favor of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, the largest non-violent movement against the Israeli occupation. The two speakers, Jewish-American philosopher Judith Butler and leading Palestinian BDS activist Omar Barghouti, were invited to share why they support the movement. The event spurred a week-long storm of controversy and outrage on campus and nationwide. Brooklyn College, located in a former Jewish community in the Midwood neighborhood, is known for its strong Jewish presence, with a fifth of its students identifying as Jewish. Barghouti compared the hostility against the…

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Massive Rally in Bangladesh Demanding Death Penalty for the Islamist Party Leaders

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Protests against the life-in-prison sentencing of a senior leader of Bangladesh’s biggest Islamist party -Jamaat-e-Islami, for crimes against humanity in the Bangladesh’s 1971 war of independence, are continuing into their fourth day. Many people are outraged that he was not given the death penalty. Abdul Quader Mollah, 64, was found guilty by the International Tribunal-2. He was charged with murder, rape, torture, and arson, including some large-scale massacres in the Mirpur area of Dhaka, during Bangladesh’s war to break away from Pakistan. Thousands of people are attending the protests that were initiated by the Blogger and Activists Network last Tuesday afternoon,…

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On the Side Track?: High Speed Rail in North America

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North America (U.S., Canada and Mexico) is at a crossroad of economic development. The U.S. and Canada are transitioning from the Post-Industrial to the Information Age. Mexico, an upper-middle –economy, is on the verge of becoming a developed country, despite its present difficulties. All three countries are linked geographically, economically, politically and culturally. Although N.A.F.T.A has not received much attention lately, this does not obviate joint development opportunities. Infrastructure coordination, such as high-speed rail (HSR), can strengthen all three countries and create additional opportunities. It could be the impetus for a new era of sustainable prosperity for all three countries….

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Outspoken Icelandic MP Gears Up For Privacy Fight During Visit To U.S.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir is no stranger to headlines or media scrutiny. A former volunteer activist with the hacktivist group “Wikileaks,” and a current member of the Icelandic Parliament, Jónsdóttir has made a name for herself with her outspoken support of imprisoned US Army Private Bradley Manning. She is also a subject in the US’ investigation into the cases of Wikileaks and Pvt. Manning. Her international profile has become a lightening rod in the growing debate over online privacy in the twenty first century. She is a staunch opponent of US counter-terrorism legislation such as the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and…

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Marxist-Leninist Group Behind USA Embassy Attack in Turkey

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DNA tests are being conducted to confirm the identity of the suicide bomber who detonated explosives outside the U.S. Embassy in Turkey, on Friday, killing himself, an embassy security guard and injuring a visiting journalist. The injured journalist, 38-year-old Didem Tuncay is ‘not in critical condition,’ a hospital official said. Authorities believe the bomber was Ecevit Shanli, a member of the outlawed Marxist-Leninist terror group DHKP-C. DHKP-C (Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party-Front) has been listed as a terrorist organization by European Union and the United States. It has had links with the far-left groups in Europe and also has connections with…

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‘Let the Banks Fail’ Says Iceland President

Iceland is in economic recovery with lower unemployment rates than Europe, and its President says “let the banks go bankrupt”, speaking at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (23-27 January, 2013.) In an impromptu interview with the Al Jazeera News Network’s Stephen Cole, Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson explains that his country was able to rebound from the worldwide financial crisis better than all other countries that faced the same problems, by doing just that, allowing the failing banks to go bankrupt. He says “we did not follow the traditional, prevailing orthodoxies. We introduced currency control. We let…

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Berlusconi Praised Mussolini for “Having Done Good”

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Former Prime Minister of Italy, infamous Silvio Berlusconi has managed to get himself into hot water again with his outrageous statement, defending Benito Mussolini at a ceremony to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He said the fascist dictator made an alliance with the Nazis, because probably he feared Germany’s potential expansion, The Telegraph reports. He also praised Mussolini for “having done good” other than implementing the racial laws which he described as part of the requirements of the alliance with Germans. After the country’s disastrous experience in the war, new laws were enacted to forbid the defense of Fascism. Now,…

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Women in Economic Decision Making

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook says “what the research shows us ‘success and likability’ is positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women which means as a woman becomes more successful she is less liked.” Sandberg’s statement was echoed by the six other panelists discussing women’s role in economic decision making at the plenary session on women, held on World Economic Forum on January 25, 2012 in Davos. Panelists shared real life stories of dealing with gender inequality and gender imbalance throughout their careers. Panel’s focus was on economic importance of gender diversity and how can gender gaps be…

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West Supporting Lesser of Two Evils in Mali Could Lead to More Trouble

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Mali has long taken pride in its democratic track record, despite repeated rebellions in the north and lasting poverty. Unfortunately, in March, 2012, Mali’s 15.4 million people had witnessed two decades of democracy collapse in just a few hours with a coup d’état initiated by its military. Military officers accused President elect Toure of failing to deal with the Tuareg rebellion, and deposed him ahead of the April Presidential election. By April 2012, military, under international pressure, picked whom to support and handed over the government to the new President Dioncounda Traore. Meanwhile, in the same month, Tuareg rebels seized…

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Why is France in Mali?

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We have seen from a variety of news sources lately that France has deployed troops to the West African country of Mali to help fight radical Islamists, including a few branches of Al-Qaeda, who have taken over the north of the country.  Why is France doing this? The area of land that is now present-day Mali was home to a series of advanced Muslim empires (such as the Ghana Empire and the Mali Empire) back when the Sahara Desert had not yet encroached as far south as it is currently.  There are precious historical edifices that remain in Timbuktu, a…

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Extreme Inequality Becoming a Global Danger

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According to the most recent Oxfam* report published on January 18, 2013, the world’s 100 richest people earned a $240 billion in 2012, an amount that is enough to end extreme poverty worldwide four times over. The report underlines the causes and effects of extreme inequality and explains how it can be economically inefficient, politically corrosive, socially divisive, environmentally destructive and unethical. The report states that rapidly growing extreme wealth and inequality are harmful to human progress because consolidation of so much wealth and capital in few hands depresses demand; meaning fewer people can afford more things. If the earnings…

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Massive Obama Mural in Tehran

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Iranian website Asriran.com posted photos of a new mural that have President Obama and historical figure Shemr shown together, pasted on an apartment building in the city of Tehran. President Obama is portrayed standing next to Shemr, a 17th Century figure in Shia Islam, with a caption at the bottom that says: “Be with us, be safe.” Connecting Shmer to President Obama has its roots in Islamic history. Muslims have split into Sunni and Shia denominations after the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. Prophet Muhammad’s cousin Ali and his followers called themselves the Party of Ali, “The Shia” and…

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Mommy, Where Do Smartphones Come From?

The most byooootiful place in the world, sweetie.  A place called Bangka.  In the country of In-do-ne-s-ia. Bangka Island, Indonesia, a predominately Muslim population of 960,000, located due east of Sumatra.  An amalgam of what used to be swamps, palm trees, magnificent beaches, mangroves, white pepper fields, plains and hills.  It is today best described as “a barren wasteland“, borne of one of the world’s greatest resources for the tin ore ultimately used in the composition of the Smartphone you are probably using to read this. Tin mining. Mining this island’s soil, which has left it bereft and cratered. Mining…

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Cayman Islands to Disclose Tax Shelter Companies

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After decades of secrecy, the tax-haven country is considering a public database that will make the names of thousands of previously hidden companies and their directors, public. CIMA, the three-islands’ monetary authority has outlined plans to create a public database of funds domiciled on the island for the first time, reports The Telegraph. The island nation is a group of three islands; Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac in the Western Caribbean Sea. The country is a British dependent territory and has gained popularity around the world for its offshore financial centre. The Cayman Islands is the world’s fifth…

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Ukrainian Ex-PM Tymoshenko Facing Murder Charges

Ukrainian ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who has been serving a 7 year prison sentence for abuse of office while negotiating a gas deal with Russia in 2009, is now facing a life prison sentence for ordering the assassination of a business rival 16 years ago. Ukraine’s chief prosecutor has formally notified Tymoshenko that she is a suspect in the murder of the businessman and lawmaker in 1996. The Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement on its website Friday that Tymoshenko is suspected of contracting the murder of Yvhen Scherban, his wife and two other people with the help of Pavlo Lazarenko,…

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UAE paying men to marry women over 30

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The government of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has decided to pay men to marry women who are over 30 and therefore considered too old to be single by UAE standards. The Gulf state is facing a serious demographic problem with over 60 per cent of single women being over the age of 30. The Federal National Council (FNC), the country’s consultative body, is extremely concerned. FNC member Said al-Kitbi said in an interview with Agence France Presse that: “this is very worrying, there are now more than 175,000 Emirati women who are over 30 and unmarried.” The real problem,…

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The United Nations To Investigate The US Government’s Treatment Of Native Americans (Interview)

-This interview was conducted on May 20th, 2012- This year, for the first time in the history of the United Nations, the UN has decided to open an investigation on the US Government’s former and current treatment of Native Americans. The country’s estimated 2.7 million Native Americans live in federally established tribal areas called Reservations which are plagued with unemployment, alcoholism, high suicide rates and other social problems. Aside from social issues, US Native Americans are involved in continuous disputes over sovereignty and land rights with the US and State governments due to enduring violations to their territories and rights….

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First Bill Obama Signed; Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (2)

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January 29th was the third anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, enacted by the 111th United States Congress, and signed into law by President Barack Obama. It was the first bill Barack Obama signed into law as a brand new President. Lilly Ledbetter was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber’s plant in Gadsden, Alabama, from 1979 until her retirement in 1998. She worked as an area manager, a position largely held by men in the company. Initially the company paid Ledbetter equal to other male area managers, but by retirement, she was earning $3,727 per month compared to…

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