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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

France is Shutting Down a Far-right Group


France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault repeated his promise today, to crack down on fascist groups in the country. Ayrault asked the interior minister of France to take steps “immediately” to dissolve the Revolutionary Nationalist Youth (JNR), after the killing of a leftist student in Paris this week. The group is the militant wing of a broader far-right movement known as the “Third Way”. Five people are already under investigation over the death 19-year-old Clement Meric, in a clash between ultra-right and far-left youths on Wednesday. The far-right groups have been protesting on the streets for month over the legalization of…

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…

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…

The Tree of Liberty and The Roots of All Evil

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And liberty and justice…for those who can afford it… Corruption. It’s one of the few issues that everyone, on every “side” simply detests. Regardless of the spin put on it or the arguments and justifications for its practice, most will agree there is simply no excuse for it. And while generally bandied like a partisan beach ball, with each side trying desperately to condemn the other for their influences and complicity, while bending over backwards to justify their own, so much is lost in the process. Despite this endless noise and outrage, the roots of corruption, the very mechanics of…

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…

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…