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Obama cannot continue to ignore human rights

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While Barack Obama’s call for a global effort to combat “violent extremism” at a summit in Washington last month is considered a major shift in US foreign policy towards the Middle East, the White House’s new paradigm of global security will achieve its goals only if it addresses the very issue of human rights among all authoritarian governments in the ... Read More »

Justice Dept. review finds pattern of racial bias among Ferguson police

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The Justice Department will issue findings this week that accuse the Ferguson, Mo. police department of racial bias and routinely violating the constitutional rights of citizens, including by stopping drivers without reasonable suspicion, making arrests without probable cause and using excessive force, officials said. The Washington Post – By Sari Horwitz In hundreds of interviews and in a sweeping review of ... Read More »

How earthquakes linked to fracking are fracturing an Oklahoma community

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Fracking brought quick money to Oklahoma, but the state’s once dormant seismic activity has awakened with a vengeance since the drilling started. The Age - Nick O’Malley When fracking started in Oklahoma, things went the way they had in the other oil-boom states. Trucks and men flooded in. They raised dust, clogged the roads, cleared scrub and sucked up water for ... Read More »

I can still hold my head high – but can my torturers?

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Last week, the Guantanamo Military Commissions vacated the bogus conviction that I have lived with for the past seven and a half years since my release from prison. It has been a long and very painful struggle for me and my family to finally clear my name. The Canberra Times – David Hicks Not only was I convicted of an invented crime in ... Read More »

China outpaces America in sub numbers – US admiral

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RT – The Chinese Navy now has more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than America does, a US Navy admiral told lawmakers. Some of them are “fairly amazing” and Beijing is exploring new ways of projecting its power on the seas. The Chinese are experimenting with new geographic location, length of missions and new weapons, Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief ... Read More »

NATO Commander Breedlove: Imported Russian Missiles Have Turned Crimea into a Black Sea ‘Power Projection’ Platform

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PENTAGON — Since Russia has taken control of the Crimean region of Ukraine, it has moved a significant number of anti-air and anti-surface missile systems onto the peninsula that could hit targets in most of the Black Sea region, the supreme commander of NATO and U.S. European Command (EUCOM) told reporters in a Wednesday afternoon briefing. USNI News – By: Sam ... Read More »

Palestinians ordered to pay over attacks

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A US jury has found Palestinian authorities liable for six attacks in Jerusalem that killed and injured Americans, awarding victims and their families more than $US218 million in damages. The Australian BY JENNIE MATTHEW AAP UNDER the US anti-terrorism act, the damages are automatically tripled, meaning that the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organisation are liable to pay more than ... Read More »

A 2-Day Revolt at a Texas Private Prison Reveals Everything That’s Wrong with Criminalizing Immigration

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The latest uprising at the Willacy County Correctional Center began quietly on Friday morning, when prisoners refused to go to their work assignments or to breakfast. The Nation – Zoë Carpenter Then, inmates broke out of the massive Kevlar tents that serve as dorms. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence told reporters some had kitchen knives, sharpened mops and brooms. Prison officials ... Read More »

How Screwed Are Your State’s Oysters?

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A new map pinpoints when ocean acidification will become a big problem near you Mother Jones - When carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and cars rise into the atmosphere, they don’t always stay there. While the majority of these emissions hang around to create the greenhouse effect that causes global warming, up to 35 percent of man-made carbon falls ... Read More »

Gorbachev Says War With Russia Is Imminent

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Ex Russian President Mikhail Gorbachev has said that he believes the United States is attempting to drag Russia into a war and is pulling the European Union into the situation too. reports: “Now you can hear America and the European Union speaking about only sanctions against Russia. Have they lost their heads indeed? America got lost in the jungle and ... Read More »