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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

Pipeline Incidents from 1986 to 2013 (Time-lapse Video)

Another oil spill; this time in California. The underground oil pipeline ruptured Thursday, and leaked more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil on coastal lands and into the ocean. Plains All American Pipeline, owner of the ruptured pipeline,  is among the worst violators listed by the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration. It has 175 federal safety and maintenance violations since 2006, responsible for more than 16,000 barrels in spills that have caused more than $23 million worth of property damage. “This time-lapse video shows pipeline incidents from 1986 to 2013, relying on publicly available data from the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials…

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Sen. McCain on “Dismemberment of a Sovereign Nation”

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US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has recently turned down an advisory position to Ukraine’s President Poroshenko, due to the US constitution’s prohibition of such a thing. In a written statement posted on his senate webpage, the senator wrote, “I am deeply proud to be a friend to Ukraine in their fight against Vladimir Putin’s dismemberment of a sovereign nation.” After reading this statement, one feels the urge to remind the Senator that Iraq, Libya and Syria were also ‘sovereign’ nations, once. Syria is still trying to stay sovereign. I wonder if the good senator would like to give us a…

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Remember When USAid Created Fake Twitter in Cuba?

In December, 2014, the U.S. President Barack Obama announced his goal to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba which were severed in 1961. In April, 2015, President Obama and President Raul Castro of Cuba met in Panama City, Panama, to further discuss the two countries’ next steps forward to advance mutual interests. The U.S. ended its diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 after the Cuban Revolution of 1959 against the US-backed authoritarian government of Cuban President Fulgencio Batista. In later years, President JFK would describe Batista regime as one of the bloodiest and most repressive dictatorships in the history of Latin…

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Diplomacy vs. War: Iran and U.S. Relations at a Glance

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Iran has been a country of coupes and revolutions, and a playing field for the imperial powers since WWI. This article summarizes Iran’s relationship with the West, starting from early 20th century until today. Iran’s first revolution by Ahmad Shah Qajar was called the Persian Constitutional Revolution or Iranian Constitutional Revolution (1905/1907), which established a parliament (majlis) to provide independence from Russian imperialism. This was also the first time a constitution was created in Iran. The 1921 Coupe which was aided by the British at the time, against Imperial Russia’s influence in Iran, brought Shah Reza Pahlavi to power. Reza…

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4 High School Students are Assassinated: Honduras a Failed State

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According to a report on Revolution-News, four high school students who organized several demonstrations against the Education Ministry of Honduras this past week, were found dead in the country’s capital, Tegucigalpa. Jennifer Baker reports, Soad Ham, a 13-year-old student leader of the Central Institute of Tegucigalpa who participated in the student protests against the Honduran government in the last two weeks, was found tortured and killed inside a plastic bag on Wednesday. On Thursday, the opposition Libre Party called for protests against the assassination of Soad Ham and 3 other student leaders. The students were protesting against the new “reforms”…

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U.S. Soldiers and Contractors Raped 54 Children in Colombia, Report Claims

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According to an 809 page report titled “Contribution to the Understanding of the Armed Conflict in Colombia”, published in February, 2015, the U.S. soldiers and military contractors had sexually abused at least 54 children in Colombia between the years 2003 and 2007. The report was written as part of the on going peace negotiations between the leftwing rebel group FARC and the Colombian Government that started in November 2012, to assist the negotiators in determining who were the responsible parties in the bloody conflict. The negotiations seek an end to Colombia’s 50-year-old internal conflict with the FARC that has led to 220,000 deaths…

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Yemen is Falling Apart: Details (Video)

The poorest country in the Middle East is fast becoming the newest and hottest disaster in the region. There are many dimensions to the chaos in Yemen; sectarian, political, geographic. The Yemeni government collapsed at the beginning of this year. Its Western and Saudi backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned under pressure in January, 2015, after the Shia militia, known as Houthis, seized the presidential palace and besieged his residence in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital. The Houtes are partially backed by Iran and their power base is in the mainly Shia northern highlands. Houtes has been at war with Al Qaeda and other hardcore…

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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…

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Syriza and Podemos: From austerity to equality. Will they make it?

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What really happened in Greece and Spain? Will Syriza and Podemos be able to bring economic and social stability to their countries? Listen to our editor Emine’s interview with Progressive News Network to learn more about the Eurozone crisis and the new emerging parties of the EU.

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14 Year Old Child Bride Facing Death Penalty for Murdering Husband

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14-year- old Wasilat Tasi’u is on trial for the murder of her 35-year-old husband. Nigerian teen was married to a man that she didn’t love. According to Zubeida Nagee, a women’s rights activist in Kano, “She protested but her parents forced her to marry him.” From a poor rural family, Wasilat is accused of murdering her husband, Umar Sani, by lacing his food with rat poison. Forced marriages and child brides common in the poverty-stricken northern Nigeria region. Her case calls into question the legality of trying a teenager for murder under criminal law and the rights of child brides….

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Fukushima Daiichi Weekly Report from the Progressive Press (11/23/2014)

Featured video (06/11/2014) “The Fukushima Daicchi nuclear reactor has emitted airborne radioactive cesium levels that exceed the Hiroshima Atomic bomb by 168 times. ” Hiroshi Kawauchi, former Japanese House Representative. Massive radiation spike at Fukushima (November, 2014): 40,000% increase below ground between Units 1 & 2 this month — Order of magnitude above record high set last year. ~ENENEWS http://www.tepco.co.jp/en/nu/fukushima-np/f1/smp/index-e.html Earthquakes hit Japan (6.8), China (6.3), Indonesia (6.5, undersea)(11/22/2014) Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said no abnormalities were reported at three nuclear power plants in the affected areas. All of Japan’s nuclear plants are offline following a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and massive…

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Fukushima Daiichi Weekly Report from the Progressive Press (11/16/2014)

Featured video was published on Oct 13, 2014 Unbeknownst to most consumers of US corporate media, radiation in the ocean from the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has finally reached the United States’ West Coast, impacting fisheries along the Pacific Ocean. Three years later, these and other effects of Fukushima are only beginning to appear. Dr. Helen Caldicott, former President of the Physicians for Social Responsibility, examines the radiation-related health risks, and other lasting consequences of the calamity in her new book Crisis Without End. In this talk she sheds light on these trends, giving an overview of how they impact…

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Fukushima Daiichi Weekly Report from the Progressive Press (11/09/2014)

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Approx. 100 tons of sardines washed ashore in Pacific coastal area of Hokkaido again – Photos (11/07/2014) “National Research Institute of Fisheries Science, Fisheries Research Agency comments cold sea water was stirred by the storm of 11/3 ~ 11/5/2014 so the sardines moved to the shallow area to die owing to the deficiency of oxygen in the water. However local fisherman states he has been living for 60 years but he has never seen such a thing.” http://fukushima-diary.com/2014/11/approx-100-t-sardines-washed-ashore-pacific-coastal-area-hokkaido-photos/   IRID documents detailed plans for Fukushima Daiichi (11/07/2014) “The International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) released a new report recently…

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Fukushima Daiichi Weekly Report from the Progressive Press (11/02/2014)

Video: “Purple cloud” seen by engineer after Fukushima explosion… The Sue family used to call Odaka, a town near the Fukushima plant, home. Like other towns, Odaka has been reopened to its residents – but only during daytime. Yoshiharu and his wife agreed to tak eus to Fukushima’s forbidden zone. (10/28/2014) http://enenews.com/hitachi-engineer-purple-cloud-when-fukushima-reactor-exploded-photo-video   Japanese volcano 40 miles from nuclear plant shows signs of possible eruption (10/24/2014) “Sendai nuclear plant lies near the volcano Ioyama, on the volcanically active Kirishima mountain range.” http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/japanese-volcano-40-miles-from-nuclear-plant-shows-signs-of-possible-eruption-9815255.html   Article video: Published on Oct 29, 2014 Japan’s coverage of the Fukushima nuclear disaster lead a news…

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Monday News Recap on ISIS by the Progressive Press (10/27/14)

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Iraq soldiers retake Jurf al-Sakhar, town held by ISIS (10/26/14) “Iraqi soldiers backed by Shia militiamen retook control Sunday of a Sunni town seized previously by Islamic militants, said an Iraqi official and state-run TV, a rare victory for Iraqi security forces that have been battling to regain areas lost to the militants.” Read: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iraq-soldiers-retake-jurf-al-sakhar-town-held-by-isis-1.2813697 Kobani Kurds repel Isis assault on strategically vital border post (10/26/14) “Islamist militants tried overnight to seize a border post in Kobani, Syria, on the frontier with Turkey but were repulsed by Kurdish fighters, a monitoring group said.” Read: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/26/turkey-kobani-border-post Video shows Islamic State recruits…

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Fukushima Daiichi Weekly Report from the Progressive Press (10/26/2014)

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Since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant disaster happened on March 11, 2011, we have been reading, watching and hearing limited and confusing reports from the area and news media. Starting this week, the Progressive Press will provide updates every Sunday, in order for our readers to have a better understanding of the situation. Instead of going through multiple news pages, you can read our report to track what is really happening in the hapless nuclear plant and our environment. The report will include current news from global sources and research updates, also past articles you might have missed. U.S. Said…

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Is the US Legally Obligated to Accept Refugee Children?

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Tens of thousands of Central American children, mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have been fleeing from increasing violence in their own countries. Women are being raped and murdered in masses, and the rate of children getting raped and murdered has gone up steadily every month since January 2014. It is a crisis in the most tragic sense of the term. All these children are fleeing from almost certain death, leaving their parents behind, reaching the border of the USA with survival as their only goal. Unfortunately, they are treated as criminals by the US Government, and in most…

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“We were Trained by NATO and M16 in Turkey” says Syrian Rebel to BBC (Video)

BBC interview of the Canadian resident Thwaiba Kanafani from August, 2012. FSA is the Free Syrian Army. Adana is a city in southern Turkey. Riad Mousa Al-Asaad was the commander of the Free Syrian Army, at the time of this interview. On December 8th, 2012, he was replaced by Brigadier General Salim Idris as the commander of the Free Syrian Army. According to the article in BBC Turkce Haberler, Kanafani lived in Canada with her husband and 2 kids. She studied engineering and worked in the oil industry. BBC reporter Richard Galpin met with her in Adana for this interview. Kanafani…

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The Corporate Supreme Court

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-Written by Ralph Nader on July 18, 2011- Five Supreme Court Justices–Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy are entrenching, in a whirlwind of judicial dictates, judicial legislating and sheer ideological judgments, a mega-corporate supremacy over the rights and remedies of individuals. The artificial entity called “the corporation” has no mention in our Constitution whose preamble starts with “We the People,” not “We the Corporation.” Taken together the decisions are brazenly over-riding sensible precedents, tearing apart the state common law of torts and blocking class actions, shoving aside jury verdicts, limiting people’s “standing to sue”, pre-empting state jurisdictions–anything that serves to…

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Who are ISIS? What do They Want? Who is Behind Them?

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On June 11th, the world woke up to the news of ISIS (The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant* -alternatively translated as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria-) taking over major cities in Iraq and advancing towards Baghdad. This was not, of course, news to the people who have been following the situation in the region since the invasion of Iraq, but for many, ISIS is the new genie in the bottle. Especially puzzling, how was this relatively small extremist group of people able to seize the second most populous city of Iraq, along with other cities and towns…

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