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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

Suspended Coffee: A Simple Way to Pay it Forward

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Yesterday, a friend of mine had shared a link on Facebook about “suspended coffee” which led to an article in The Examiner, “’Suspended coffee’ movement ignites widespread interest.” What is this all about I wondered? The featured picture in the article was of a disheveled  man in a café. Accordingly, I assumed this was a sentimental Horatio Alger type story about some miraculous event that had happened to a poor person, such as finding a one thousand dollar bill, inheriting  a million dollars or winning the lottery. This type of  story seems to pervade the Internet, along with memes of…

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A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching

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In most nations, citizens do not give second pause to the ever-present flow of daily information. To the rights and privileges that come with a free press. “News”. It is something that perhaps Americans take for granted every day. Gadgets, phones and laptops ablaze. It is constant, what is readily available to us for daily consumption. It exposes all that is there to be exposed; the good, bad, shameful and hideous. In other countries, there is little-to-no information permitted, in fact, laws on the books outright barring the flow of this information. A most cruel (yet easy) way for governments…

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Arms Trade Treaty Blocked by Iran, Syria and North Korea, for Now.

On Thursday March 28th, Iran, Syria and North Korea blocked the adoption of the first international treaty to regulate the $70 billion global arms trade when diplomats from 179 countries were ready to approve the text. But there is still hope for it yet. Consensus on the text of the treaty was a rule required by the negotiating conference. This disagreement resulted in the treaty text needing to be put before the UN General Assembly for approval. It could be as early as this coming Tuesday that the UN General Assembly will take up the text, most likely in current…

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Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar

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(Author’s Note: Over the past month, violence and ethnic cleansing has wracked the Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar, also formerly known as Burma, leaving thousands displaced and hundreds, possibly thousands dead. Though conventional media have been largely lax in their coverage of it, the independent media, such as The Progressive Press and Vice, with the help of bold journalists in the field, as well as networks such as EndGenocide.org, Anonymous and SavetheRohingya, have managed to bring greater attention to the plight of the Rohingya, as well as ethnic Muslims throughout Myanmar. We will continue to cover the story as it…

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War on Terror or Corporate Global Domination

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Written by guest author: Pat Grayson It’s a fact that the USA has military bases in hundreds of countries around the world that do not need military protection, and many no longer want American military presence. But powerful corporations want our international presence to continue because they are making loads of cash. The USA has the capacity to blow up the Earth many times over. Is there any need to have such a multitude of nuclear weapons? The answer is corporations made loads of profits when they manufactured over 5,000 nuclear war heads and the missiles to deliver them. Do…

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China’s Takeover of South America

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According to China Times Magazine, China will replace the European Union as South America’s most important trading partner by 2015. Currently, Asia accounts for more than 25% of South America’s total trade. With poverty levels dropping to their lowest in 20 years in the region, Latin America is fast becoming an open market for both investors and consumers. As Europe and USA battle with political and economic turmoil, they are falling behind in taking advantage of South America’s ongoing development. In addition, China’s swift industrial growth is causing the country to be in a perpetual quest for natural resources such…

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A ‘Smart City’ or the ‘Matrix’?

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Cities are rapidly becoming engulfed in the technological revolution which is advancing at “warp speed”, rocketing the entire globe out of the post-industrial age into the emerging Information/Hyper-Global Age. The ability for the complex networked structures of a city (government, services, institutions, residents etc.) to effectively utilize its human capital, connect with the global economy, collaborate and use its infrastructure is becoming essential for its future welfare. This is being facilitated by the burst of technological devices and the Internet. In the Information Age, the most connected cities are becoming the most dominate, resting on their financial capability, their human…

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Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms

Activists the world over are voicing outrage and calling for action, regarding a new wave of genocidal violence, which is expected to begin shortly in Myanmar. Anonymous, along with others, are planning another round of demonstrations and “twitterstorms” to demand media and governmental attention be drawn to the atrocities, which have thus far gone largely unreported by mainstream Western media outlets. Panic and terror are gripping Muslims throughout Myanmar today, as rumors and official warnings of further escalations of ethnic violence and genocide circulate throughout the country. Yesterday, military authorities were reported to have ordered the Rohingya village of Paikthe…

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The Gays Are Coming To Take Your Guns: Rational Inquiry Into Prop 8 And DOMA

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“We are not endeavoring to chain the future, but to free the present. We are not forging fetters for our children, but we are breaking those our fathers made for us. We are the advocates of inquiry, of investigation and thought. This, of itself, is an admission that we are not perfectly satisfied with all our conclusions.” – Robert Ingersoll FEAR AND FAIRNESS As fallible human beings, we are typically guided by either fear or fairness. Fairness is an inherently American concept that has animated and defined our country from inception. We care deeply about fundamental fairness. And what is…

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Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU

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Struggling European Union member country Cyprus reached a last-minute deal on Monday morning with the international lenders, to shut down its second-largest bank in return for a €10 billion ($13 billion) bailout. Critics say the deal would inflict heavy losses on uninsured depositors that include a large number of wealthy Russians. After charged negotiations between the Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades and the heads of the European Union, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank, an agreement emerged to avert a collapse of the banking system – hours before the deadline. This agreement is aimed at preventing the…

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Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide

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Human rights advocates throughout the globe are working overtime today to draw attention to the increasingly dire state of affairs in Myanmar. In recent decades, the centuries old ethnic tensions between the majority Buddhist population and the minority Muslim population (known as the “Rohingya,”) have led to increasingly bloody clashes between the two communities. This month alone over thirty people have died in waves of violence carried out against the Rohingya villages and neighborhoods by Buddhist mobs. Some reports claim that many of the mobs were led by area monks, who have allegedly been publishing anti-Muslim propaganda and inciting acts…

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Israel Apologizes to Turks with a Push from Obama, but Why Now?

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On March 22, 2013, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized to Turkish Prime Minister Erdoḡan over the killing of Turkish volunteers on the ship Mavi Marmara, who were involved in supplying humanitarian aid to Gaza on May 31, 2010. Among the volunteers who were killed, there was also a U.S. citizen, Furkan Dogan (19). Diplomatic relations between the two countries, following the incident, has been strained and limited. The apology was timed with the President Obama’s recent visit to Israel and had been planned months before the President’s visit. Just prior to Obama’s flight to Jordan, President Obama called up Erdoḡan…

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War Criminal Ntaganda surrenders at U.S. Embassy in Kigali, Rwanda

Congolese Revolutionary Army -M23- leader, wanted war criminal, Bosco Ntaganda has turned himself in to the United States Embassy in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland has confirmed in a video statement that Ntaganda indeed walked into the U.S. Embassy on Monday, and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands. Nicknamed “Terminator”, Ntaganda was first found guilty by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2006 for recruiting child soldiers during the Democratic Republic of Congo’s bloody five-year civil war. He was never captured. Charges of ethnic prosecution, rape,…

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Hugo the Grey

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 “Once you label me you negate me.” Soren Kierkegaard Often times in learning history there is a bias towards the good someone did that made them celebrated or the bad that they did that made them vilified, mostly because we want to educate on what examples to follow and what not to follow. This one sided story usually originates from the victors who write history. We could see it happening in real time with Hugo Chavez as he gives a great example of what to do and what not to do. Looking at historical figures as either “good” or “bad”…

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IMF Chief Lagarde’s Home Searched over Tapie Scandal

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According to a statement made by IMF chief Christine Lagarde’s attorney, French investigators have searched her Paris home today, as part of an inquiry into her role in a €285 million ($367 million) arbitration deal between the businessman Bernard Tapie and a state-owned French bank. Bernard Tapie who is a well-known supporter of the ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, won a 2008 settlement over the mishandled sale of Adidas in the 1990s. Lagarde was the France’s finance minister under Sarkozy administration when the deal was made. Critics said the settlement was in favor of the tycoon and it was too generous. Investigation…

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HSBC Faces Criminal Charges in Argentina

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British banking juggernaut HSBC, which was recently derided by U.S. lawmakers as “Too Big To Jail” after a settlement deal was reached regarding exposed money laundering practices, is now facing fresh allegations of criminal activity by Argentinian authorities. Argentinian tax chief Ricardo Echegaray, in a public statement about the investigation, said that an Argentinian subsidiary of the bank was found to have helped its clients illegally evade over $100 million in taxes, in addition to participating in other money laundering activities connected to criminal enterprises. Official charges were filed against the bank’s local subsidiary in February, following a six month…

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Former Military Chief Appointed as Israeli Defense Minister

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Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu appointed Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday as Israel’s new defense minister. Ya’alon has long opposed the freezing of settlement building, and has said in the past that Israel must focus on defense before diplomacy in the conflict. Ya’alon headed the Israeli army during the 2nd intifada, or Palestinian uprising. He also took a controversial stance in opposing the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from settlements within the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu chose Ya’alon because the position requires someone with military experience. “At such a decisive time for the security of the State of Israel, when the region all around…

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Follow-up on “A Syrian Refugee in Switzerland: Jailed For Survival, While Government Holds Humanitarian Speeches”

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Update on my article A Syrian Refugee in Switzerland: Jailed For Survival, While Government Holds Humanitarian Speeches. Last month, Rasha Alzrir, a young Syrian woman, seeking asylum in Switzerland with a Schengen-visa from Italy after first arriving in Germany, had her asylum request rejected and was put into a detention center where she had to wait for extradition to Italy. Rasha’s support committee, with the help of a state Representative, contacted the Federal Council to inform him about Rasha’s case and ask him to take action on her behalf. The Federal Council decided to continue with the extradition process. They…

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Cyprus Bailout: Banks Relieved, Cypriots Squeezed

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In the latest of the E.U. financial crises, the island nation of Cyprus has had a EuroZone bailout “successfully negotiated” on its behalf. However Cypriots themselves, as well as the members of the Parliament are less than pleased. The Eurozone bailout package, agreed upon today in Brussels between Eurogroup ministers and IMF officials, has in addition to the typical austerity measures demanded of nations accepting bailout money, such as deficit reduction and higher taxes, comes with another condition. Requiring a 9.9% deposit levy on all Cypriot bank accounts to stave off outright national bankruptcy, the deal is a first of…

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Mercy Ships: Nearly 2.5 Million Lives Changed

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Every once in a while, setting aside faith, politics or any ulterior motives, it’s nice to call attention to something just plain good. Today, we profile Mercy Ships. Recently, while sort of half-watching 60 Minutes, a featurette on the Mercy Ships charity caught my eye. I found the entire concept to be revolutionary, fascinating, and just plain brilliant. The mission, simply to “provide free healthcare and increase healthcare delivery systems in the poorest of nations”. 500 feet long, 16,500 tons and over 400 crew members on a floating hospital, the current Mercy Ship, Africa Mercy (located in the port of Conakry, Guinea…

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