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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

The Agony And The Ecstasy: Detroit To Rome In 1,000 Words

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On March 11, Detroit’s former Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, 68th man to hold said office, was found guilty of 23 federal criminal counts, including the 20-year-felony of racketeering; noting ‘detention is required in his circumstance,’ Judge Nancy Edmonds blocked the hubris-hurling Mayor from passing go, and sent him straight to jail pending sentence. 5,000 miles away and 48 hours later, the College of Cardinals in Vatican City, Rome, named the most holy and humble Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina the 266th successor to St. Peter. Both cities are on rivers. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The Bows Are Drawn…

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HSBC Settlement Case Raises Legal Hackles

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In December, U.S. Federal Authorities stirred controversy for having reached a financial settlement deal with British bank HSBC, allowing the bank to avoid criminal prosecution for taking part in money laundering operations for Latin American drug cartels, suspected terrorist networks and rogue states such as Iran. As a means to avoid prosecution, the bank agreed to pay $1.9 billion in fines, after having reached the arrangement with the Department of Justice. However regardless of their agreement and written arguments by both federal prosecutors and HSBC filed in January arguing in favor of the deal , U.S. District Court Judge John…

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A Syrian Refugee in Switzerland: Jailed for Survival, While Government Holds Humanitarian Speeches

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It was the 13th of February when Rasha Alzrir, a young Syrian woman, met Charly Pache, the co-vice President of the Swiss Pirate Party, in a train in Switzerland. 26-year-old Rasha was a bank employee in the city of Damascus and left her country due to persisting violence and civil war-like circumstances. She had lost her car and apartment when she decided to flee to Europe. She came through Germany, Italy and finally arrived in Switzerland with a Schengen-visa from Italy, where she asked for asylum. On February 23rd, Rasha’s sister contacted Charly Pacha through Rasha’s Facebook page. Rasha hadn’t…

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Bulgaria: Third Man Dies after Self-immolation, Against the Austerity Measures

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A third Bulgarian man died today from self-immolation injuries. He set himself on fire on February 26, as a protest against the rising poverty, unemployment and corruption in the EU’s poorest country. 53-year-old unemployed father of five, Ventsislav Vasilev, had doused himself with fuel and set himself ablaze outside the mayor’s office in the central town of Radnevo. Last month, amid the increasing protests against corruption, cronyism and poverty, another protester, 36-year-old Plamen Goranov, set himself on fire outside city hall in the eastern city of Varna, causing the country’s right-wing government (GERB party) to resign on February 21. He…

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Is the New Immigration Reform a Sham?: Interview with Cuentame Leaders

Cuéntame means: Count me or tell me your story. When I first encountered the Facebook page of Cuentame, I loved their content so much that I knew I needed to learn more about them. It is described ‘as the official page of the ¡Latino Instigators! From tackling unjust immigration laws to exclusive features on Latino arts, music and film you will connect directly with fellow activists, artists, writers, figures and much more!’ Last week I had a chance to interview the founder and director Axel Caballero, and the media coordinator Luis Moreno on upcoming immigration reform and other issues facing…

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The Swiss Vote Overwhelmingly For Executive Pay Curbs

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On Sunday, Swiss citizens voted with 67.9 percent margin to impose some of the most restricting rules on executive compensation. All of Switzerland’s 26 cantons passed the initiative, which is a rare occurrence. This will allow shareholders to veto executive pay proposals and will give them the power to ban big rewards for new and departing managers. 67.9 percent is one of the highest approval rates that Switzerland has ever seen for a popular initiative. It goes to show that the built up anger and plain outrage, caused by multi-million payouts for executives, can translate into decisive and convincing action…

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Israel Introduces ‘Palestinian Only’ Bus Lines

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Starting this week, certain buses running from the West Bank into central Israel will have separate lines for Jews and Arabs. This change was due to complaints by Israeli settlers, who use the bus company Afikim to go between settlements in the West Bank and Israel. Haaretz reported that the settlers were concerned about security risks from riding the bus from Tel Aviv back to the West Bank with Palestinians, who often work in Israel and use the buses to go to and from work. After heavy complaints from settlement mayors, Afikim is putting two new bus lines into operation….

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Is Hezbollah Supporting Syrian Regime?

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Shi’a Islamic militant group Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah has said this week “If there ever comes a day when our responsibility demands that we fight in Syria, we will not conceal that.” Hezbollah was formed by Muslim clerics and funded by Iran following the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982, which helped drove Israel’s soldiers out of Lebanon. It is an armed group as well as a political party that was established primarily to offer resistance to the Israeli occupation. Since then it has been receiving funds and support from Iran and Syria, hence its willingness to help Assad’s brutal…

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This Time Portugal Protests Against Austerity

Thousands of Portugueses marched on the streets of more than 20 cities in Portugal today, protesting Portugal Government’s extreme austerity measures that were implemented in exchange of a €78 billion ($101 billion) international bailout needed in 2011. The people on the streets were shouting and waiving their placards that said “Screw the troika, we want our lives back.” in Lisbon, demonstrators threw tomatoes and beer bottles at the IMF’s office. ‘Troika’ is the nickname given to The European Commission, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Central Bank, the lenders behind the country’s financial bailout. It literally means a…

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I Don’t Have a Car and Don’t Want One: Emergence of Car-sharing Organizations

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Many in urban areas are finding that their automobiles are a burden, but can’t really do without one. Owning a personal vehicle is expensive: car payments, gas, insurance, maintenance, parking fees, etc. An automobile is ultimately a depreciating investment where you often pay more than the vehicle was worth on the showroom floor. Due to the stagnant wages of the middle class and subsequent decrease in discretionary income, automobile loans have become more long term; a five year or longer loan is not uncommon anymore. In the U.S and many other countries the automotive industry is very vulnerable to economic…

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Greeks Tell Their Story: What Really Happened?

Are all Europeans lazy welfare queens? Is that the reason Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, France and England are all going through similar economic crises? What is the role of Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase and a wide range of other banks in this turmoil? How about the infamous austerity measures? The video that is attached to this article was obtained by the Progressive Press, exclusively to provide another version of the events from the Greek people’s point of view. It contains interviews with Greek Economists and other social scientists. Greeks decided to tell their story. Before you watch it, let’s…

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Godly Representatives: Pedophiles

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The Catholic Church was pushed under the media spotlight once again, with the recent decision by Pope Benedict XVI to step down from his position as the head of the Church. And as it was expected, criticism and speculations followed shortly thereafter. While it isn’t the intention of this article to elaborate on all the speculations surrounding the Pope’s resignation, it is to shed some light on a tragic subject matter that has been connected to the Catholic Church for many years: The child sexual abuse crimes committed by catholic priests and members of Roman Catholic orders. Over a decade…

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Spaniards Protest Crashing Austerity and Corruption

Thousands of protestors marched the streets of Spain today to protest extreme austerity measures, privatization of their public services and political corruption. Spain’s conservative government passed the austerity measures in order to control euro zone’s highest budget deficit stricken economy, that was racked by a burst housing bubble in 2008. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has introduced some of the deepest budget cuts in Spain’s democratic history, but the cuts have only scratched the surface of the budget shortfall which is expected to be more than double in 2014. Recently surfaced allegations, that the ruling Popular Party (PP) politicians, including Prime…

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The First Truly Global Empire: John Perkins’ Interview with Progressive Press

“I thinks it’s fair to say that economic hit-men have produced the world’s first truly global empire…” Such was the response of author and activist John Perkins when defining what an economic hitman is in an interview with the Progressive Press on Tuesday. Perkins, an internationally acclaimed writer and advocate for global sustainability, goes on to point out that in the modern age of economic colonialism (in which empires are established through economic force as opposed to military domination) that the modern empires are not those of governments, but corporations. Under the auspices of supporting and developing infrastructure, Perkins claims the…

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World’s Most Valuable Resource: Water

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Thomas Friedman touts the ‘wonders’ of globalization in his highly popular book The World is Flat, however, globalization is not producing an economically ‘flat’ world, but one that is giving prosperity to a few and misery for billions of people in terms of their physical environment and quality of life. I lived in Istanbul, Turkey for five years. It is a city whose very existence is related to its crucial location on one of the major sea lanes in the world. When I went over the Bosporus (the strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara) on a…

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Bahrain Rising Without Notice

Bahrain, a small island country near the western shores of the Persian Gulf, has been going through its own unique revolution for the past two years. Thousands of people have been demonstrating on the streets for the end of Al-Khalifa dynasty which has been ruling the country since 1783. While under the Al-Khalifa rule, the country became a territory of the United Kingdom in the late 1800s. After its independence from the British rule in 1971, it was declared a kingdom in 2002. Initial protests have begun on February 14, 2011. The main opposition group, Al-Wefaq, wants an end to…

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Birgitta Jónsdóttir Interview

Birgitta Jónsdóttir describes herself as an activist ‘inside & outside the system.’ A poet, writer, artist, editor, publisher, she is also a member of the Icelandic Parliament since 2009, representing Reykjavík South Constituency district for the Citizens’ Movement party. Birgitta presides over the International Modern Media Institute. She is on the Bradley Manning advisory board and she was the chief sponsor for the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI). Birgitta was a volunteer for Wikileaks and helped release of the Collateral Murder video. In response to this release, United States Department of Justice subpoenaed Twitter, demanding all of Birgitta’s tweets from…

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“Cliff Notes” Version of: Why Are We in This Economic Mess?

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Remember in high school when you didn’t want to struggle through Hamlet or Macbeth, you turned to the synopsis and criticism of Cliff Notes? I know I am dating myself, because nowadays students in high school and university acquire all the information from the Internet; which we all know holds irrefutable facts. What I will attempt to answer, in a simple manner like Cliff Notes, is the question: How did we get in this economic mess?: After the Economic Crisis of 2008, it was obvious that something had gone wrong. Banks had to be bailed out.  Houses were lost. Unemployment…

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NDAA: National Security or Corporate Domination?

When I learned that the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Chris Hedges filed a law suit against President Obama over a prevision of NDAA, and the Academy Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore was supporting it; I knew I needed to learn more about what was going on. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is a United States federal law that is renewed annually by the Congress, to outline the budget and expenditures of the United States Department of Defense. It was instituted after World War II, and has been amended and voted into law annually ever since. So what is the…

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Shoes Thrown at Former US Diplomat in British Parliament

Former U.S. diplomat Paul Bremer, who was head of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) of Iraq following the 2003 invasion, is the latest victim of a shoe throwing incident, this time in British Parliament, on February 7. During a meeting organized by a Think Tank, Henry Jackson Society, a man identified as Yasser al-Samarani threw a pair of shoes to Bremer, yelling that the shoes came “from Saddam Hussein and the Iraqi people.” Bremer might have learned how to deal with flying footwear from his former boss, President George W.; because he was extremely quick to react, first ducking, and…

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