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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

BREAKING Update On Dan River Coal Ash Disaster: State Admits to Arsenic Levels

A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE to our report yesterday on the Dan River Coal Ash Disaster affecting North Carolina and Virginia: As reported by John Downey of The Charlotte Business Journal late last night, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Division of Water Resources has admitted that the arsenic levels their agency originally published on Thursday as falling “within state standards” did, in fact, exceed the standards for human health consumption. We have been in touch with Tom Reeder, Director of DENR’s Division of Water Resources, whose office just issued a press release. Within the release, Mr….

The “Full Employment” Fallacy

Written by: Guy Fraser Guest Author,Repeacer at Repeace Turkiye and at Repeace Iceland What does a 1912 Baker and a 1959 Opel have in common? In 1973, a small team of engineers took an existing production car – an Opel made in 1959 – and made some changes. The result was demonstrated at the Wood River competition: A car that did 376 miles per gallon! 40 years later, in 2013, Volkswagen unveiled an eco car that does 313 miles per gallon. Oh, wait, that’s 63mpg less than what we could do in 1973! If we could achieve 376 miles per…

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that for the first time in human history, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) level reached 400 parts per million, meaning concentration of carbon dioxide gas in the Earth’s atmosphere is the highest ever. Climate Central, an independent climate research organization, explains that a rise in CO2 emissions would bring greater atmospheric warming and exacerbate the effects of climate change. Research also shows the effects would be irreversible as CO2 molecules can remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years. According to Climate Central researcher and writer Andrew Freedman, the last time CO2…

Are the Suburbs Undergoing a Metamorphosis?

The Global Economic Crash of 2008 was a watershed which is continuing to have effects in all aspects of the economy, politics and society. However, it was merely an exclamation mark within the developing trends in the U.S. that are pertinent to suburbanization in the country, such as: -The national economy will not bounce back to pre-2008 in the foreseeable future with continued slow growth -Demographics have changed (Baby Boomers retiring, smaller family sizes, more single adults, more ethnic diversity etc.) -The smaller labor force in manufacturing requiring unskilled labor -A decline in the middle class’s purchasing power due to…

The Real “Weapon of Mass Destruction”: Unregulated Capitalism

Last week’s news was  dominated by the story of the bombings at the Boston marathon, followed by the manhunt for the brothers who are suspected to have perpetrated those horrific acts. The attacks killed 3 and injured over 160. The manhunt caused the shutdown of the entire city of Boston for one day. It seemed as if the entire nation was shaken and captivated by this story. Unfortunately, the carnage and destruction of the Boston attacks was not the worst thing to happen in America last week. By sheer numbers and destruction, the Boston attacks pale in comparison to the…

Could 3-D Printing Change the Society and the City?

3-D printing combined with its increasing affordability could be an important element in accelerating the world away from the Post-Industrial to the Information Age.  3-D printing is the process of producing a physical object from a digital blue print or a scanned object. It is an additive process, not a subtractive process, as used in the machine tooling for a metal or plastic object. It relies on a mold that is inserted with a material (plastic, iron, copper etc.) to make a finished product. Using a digital schematic, the 3-D printer builds a series of layers using material such as:…

Downtown Green: The “Islands of Sustainability”

Sustainability is an overwhelming amorphous goal on a global, national, or regional scale. However, when it is broken-down to small areas and focused projects, it becomes real and tangible. Instead of grand plans, little ones can be made which may have a fractal or ripple effect on the region in which the project is located. This above statement is the essence of an  “island of sustainability” (Walner et al.). Specifically, the term refers to the redevelopment, usually through a public/private partnership, of a designated derelict area into one that enhances the physical environment. It could be the redesign of an…

“Road Diet”: Losing Width by Retrofitting

For most of the last century and continuing into this century, transportation planning in the United States has been mainly concerned with accommodating vehicular transportation. This automobile-oriented bias was embedded in travel demand forecasting models, transportation funding, zoning/subdivision regulations, street design ordinances, the general public and the general mindset of policy makers. The result in most cities has been a continual process of widening, and building new roads to alleviate traffic congestion due to increasing automobile ownership. What was not accounted in this automobile bias oriented transportation system was the detrimental impact that it would have on neighborhoods; making them…

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

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…

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…

Rally Alert: Forward on Climate

Did you know that this Sunday, February 17, 2013 in Washington, D.C., there will be held the largest climate rally in our nation’s history? Here are the particulars of the Sierra Club-sponsored Forward On Climate event, direct from the organization’s page: On Sunday, February 17, thousands of Americans will head to Washington, D.C. to make Forward on Climate the largest climate rally in history. Join this historic event to make your voice heard and help the President start his second term with strong climate action. What: The largest climate rally in U.S. history. When: February 17, 2013, Noon – 4:00 p.m….

Nigerian Farmers vs. Royal Dutch Shell

“The scale of the pollution is enormous: twice as much oil has been spilled in Nigeria than was in the Gulf of Mexico. Only there (Nigeria) it’s never been cleaned up.” – Friends of the Earth Netherlands spokesman, Geert Ritsema The headlines on January 30 were somewhat ominous: Dutch court rejects claims made by Nigerian farmers. Court sides with Royal Dutch Shell. Nigerian farmers lose bid to hold Shell accountable. But why? In a world where headlines sell, isn’t the sexier story “Nigerian farmer scores victory against oil giant in landmark environmental suit”? Because that’s what happened. In 2008, four…

Mommy, Where Do Smartphones Come From?

The most byooootiful place in the world, sweetie.  A place called Bangka.  In the country of In-do-ne-s-ia. Bangka Island, Indonesia, a predominately Muslim population of 960,000, located due east of Sumatra.  An amalgam of what used to be swamps, palm trees, magnificent beaches, mangroves, white pepper fields, plains and hills.  It is today best described as “a barren wasteland“, borne of one of the world’s greatest resources for the tin ore ultimately used in the composition of the Smartphone you are probably using to read this. Tin mining. Mining this island’s soil, which has left it bereft and cratered. Mining…