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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

Hillary Clinton’s Ukraine Problem

Hillary Clinton claims her experience in foreign policy makes her a better candidate for the U.S. Presidency. Media outlets and voters who understand ‘foreign policy’ is one of the most important issues in this election, are checking up on her claim, and it does not look good. Mrs. Clinton has been receiving some criticism for her Honduras policy. She openly admits to supporting the current Honduras Government that came to power after the 2009 military coup that ousted the country’s democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya. Unfortunately, supporting fascistic coup governments was a pattern during her tenure as a Secretary of…

Emerging New Alliance by Russia and Central Asian Countries

CIS leaders pose for a photo at the end of their summit in Kazakhstan on October 16. (From left to right: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian, Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev)

According to a newly published report in Radio Free Europe news, the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) , led by Russian President Vladimir Putin, responded to growing instability in Afghanistan on Friday by agreeing to create a joint task force to defend their bloc’s external borders if a crisis arises. The leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan met on October 16 in the Kazakh village of Burabay, where they signed a statement on combating international terrorism and agreements on military and border-security cooperation through 2020. At a press conference, Putin said closer…

Another ‘Cold War’ with Russia? Ukraine Question

How did the United States get into another Cold War with Russia?  The Nation Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and  American scholar of Russian studies at Princeton University and New York University, Prof. Stephan Cohen offered historical context on this question in a discussion hosted by the American Committee for East-West Accord in Brussels earlier this month. “Does media coverage shape the political agenda or vice versa? Probably both, or variously depending on the subject. But the US media, by so unequivocally accepting the official US Government/EU version of events, blaming all on Russia, failing to provide history, nuance, let alone complexity, is now…

CLUSTERDUCK

Here’s the gist: with the Phil “Duck Dynasty” Robertson controversy over homophobic and racist comments in a recent interview with GQ Magazine, it is private “hate speech”, not public “free speech” that we are dealing with; there is a monumental difference. How is it that the First Amendment is so universally misunderstood? I’ve read it all over the last day: “Phil is just speaking his mind!” “Phil can say whatever he damn well wants because of the First Amendment!” “Phil’s being punished for agreeing with the Bible!” (my personal favorite); “Just because Phil slammed a special interest group…..SMH!” “This is not…

Kyrgyzstan Ends Lease of USA Military Base, as Russia Promises more Aid

Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that Russia is going to start sending $1 billion in weapons to Kyrgyzstan this year, as part of a bilateral armed forces assistance program. This announcement appears to be an acceleration of earlier plans. On June 25th, Shoigu Moscow said Russia would begin supplying weapons and other military equipment to Kyrgyzstan in 2014. Just a few days before Shoigu’s announcement, on June 3rd, Kyrgyzstan government agreed it would sell its shares in the Soviet-legacy Dastan torpedo factory to Russian investors. Kommersant, Russian newspaper, reported that the Kyrgyzstan government’s spokesperson said Russian investors would be…

Russian Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Muslim Hijab in Schools

RT reports that a branch of Russia’s Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by a group of Muslims for the right of schoolgirls to wear traditional religious attire, specifically the hijab, in classrooms. The controversy over the hijab started in October, 2012, when a head teacher of a school in the village of Kara-Tyube in Russia’s Stavropol region banned five Muslim girls from attending classes while wearing a hijab. Several Muslim girls of different ages were told they would not be allowed to enter the school unless they took off their hijabs. School principal Marina Savchenko said that wearing a…

Did Snowden Apply for Asylum in Russia?

Russia Foreign Ministry consul Kim Shevchenko said US whistle-blower Edward Snowden has applied for political asylum at the consular office at Moscow’s Sheremtyevo airport at 10.30pm on Sunday. Shevchenko said “The UK citizen and Snowden’s representative Sarah Harrison passed on a request by Edward Snowden to be granted political asylum.” Meanwhile, the Russian Federal Migration Service (FMS) has refuted media reports of the application. Zalina Kornilova, head of FMS press service, told RT, information in the foreign media which states that Snowden asked for asylum “is not true.” The 30-year-old former CIA analyst, who is wanted by the US, is…

Bombshell: Turkish Government Knew about the Reyhanli Attack Beforehand

Redhack, a Turkish hacker group analogous to U.S. Anonymous, has released a serious of cables revealing the Turkish Government’s prior knowledge of the bombing attack in the border town of Reyhanli which killed over 50 and injured hundreds of people. Reyhanli is a small town in the Hatay province of the country, residing right on Turkey’s border with Syria. The town hosts many refugee camps filled with people escaped from the bloody Civil War that has been going on in Syria for the last two years. Local population of the town insists that the camps are loaded with spies and…

Al-Nusra Say They are Ready to Fight Hezbullah in Syria

Jabhat Al-Nusra, a Sunni Muslim extremist rebel group trying to topple the regime of Bashar Al-Assad in Syria, declared that they are ready to fight Assad supporter Hezbollah. As the Syria’s brutal two-year war drags on and it has grown more sectarian and more likely to spill over into neighboring countries. Lebanon and Iran could be pitting Hezbollah militants against Al Qaeda-linked jihadists who have flocked to Syria from across the Muslim world. Al-Nusra, recently swore allegiance to Al Qaeda, is part of the many factions of Syrian opposition. As reported by Progressive Press on May 13, the opposition is…

Of Massachusetts And Men: The Burial of Tamerlan Tsarnaev

I realize that, by writing this, I am bringing unnecessary tsuris into my life. So be it. Since when did we become a gaggle of punk haters (read: not punk-haters)? If I understand this correctly, many of you would like to have the body of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev “fed to the sharks” or “mutilated….desecrated” or “incinerated” or “shipped to Russia”. Are we in agreement so far? OK. I’d like to know what I’m missing here because I don’t think this is how we, as Americans, behave. This is not how we treat the dead; yes, even that dead…

The Tale of Uncle Tsarnaev, CIA Chief Graham Fuller and a Turkish Islamist Who Lives in USA

What could be the connection between the Boston Marathon bombing suspects’ uncle Ruslan, an ex-CIA Fuller and a Turkish Imam named Fethullah Gulen? Turkish preacher named Fethullah Gülen has been living in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania since 1999. Despite not having an education goes beyond the 5th grade, he has several hundred educational organizations such as K–12 schools, universities, and language schools (mostly English) that have been established around the world, mainly Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkans, and including U.S.A. How did he receive his US residency status while he was ‘wanted’ by the –then- Turkish Government, is still a mystery. Now, this…

Boston Marathon Bombing and the Simplicity/Complexity of Terrorism

Since the Boston bombing, the media is overflowing again with the familiar lines capriciously flung on Right wing media such as:  “Muslims are a violent people. More violence is to come if we continue to let Muslims immigrate to the U.S.. Obama is a Muslim and supporting Al Qaeda and Progressives being Marxists and Socialists [they are equal in Tea Party jargon] are coddling terrorists and proposing an overgenerous immigration policy.” At this point, there is scant evidence for any conclusion on the Boston Marathon bombing. Authorities are not sure if the Boston Marathon bombing were part of a terrorist…

Tsarnaev was Possibly CIA, Says FBI Whistleblower (video)

Former FBI employee and whistle-blower Sibel Edmonds explains in her detailed and in-depth analysis how elder Tsarnaev fits the profile of a CIA operative, including data on his visits to the North Caucasus region and his activities. First, I want to give you a little bit of background information on Sibel Edmonds. She is not a conspiracy theorist, never has been one. She was, however, a contracted employee of FBI between 2001 and 2002. Edmonds worked as a translator and interpreter for the FBI. She reported Al Qaeda threats that she translated for her supervisors. When she realized that no…

Russia’s Islamist Rebels Deny Link to Boston Bombings

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,…

Cypriot ‘Haircut’ Rattles International Community

Cypriots with €100,000 euros or more in their accounts, will soon start feeling the pinch from coming bank levies, required under Cyprus’ new bailout restructuring plans. Once finalized, all depositors with accounts containing over €100,000 euros will find themselves subject to the “haircut,” with 22.5% of their account holdings being “taxed” to make up the down payment on the bailout. An additional 37.5% will be frozen for what E.U. and Cypriot officials are calling “liquidity reasons,” however unlike the previous “taxed” amount, these frozen assets will earn interest to the tune of ten percent, so long as the banks in question…

Cyprus Crisis Deepens as the Country Rejects Bailout

The Cypriot Parliament has voted unanimously to reject the negotiated E.U. bailout package, offered last week. The vote, cast yesterday at 4 p.m. GMT (11 a.m EST,) was taken by hand, with 36 voting against the measure, 19 abstaining and none voting in favor. The widely unpopular bailout proposal, which included a 10% levy or “haircut,” on deposits nationwide, led to long lines at ATMs nationwide, while also inspiring protests throughout the country.. News of the decision has sent shock waves through the already troubled European Union as worries over a possible collapse of the Cypriot financial sector troubled their…

Cyprus Bailout: Banks Relieved, Cypriots Squeezed

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…

World’s Most Valuable Resource: Water

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…