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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

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

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…

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

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…

Iran Warned the USA on Chemical Weapons, TCSM Claims

In a letter obtained by The Christian Science Monitor (TCSM) that was sent to the USA officials, Iran has been warning Washington since July 2012 that Sunni rebel fighters have acquired chemical weapons, and called on the US to send “an immediate and serious warning” to rebel groups not to use them. Iran claims that it warned the United States directly, in mid- and late- 2012, and at least once after that, about the risks of chemical weapons among the rebels. The letter references messages from July 18 and December 1, 2012. Tehran Times also reports on the letter, claiming…

Iranian Cleric: Women can’t Be President in Iran

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi insists that women cannot be presidential candidates. (Photo courtesy: PressTV)

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, a member of Iran’s constitutional watchdog group, says women can not be presidential candidates in Iran’s presidential election, scheduled for June 14. The Election Monitoring Agency (EMA) which is managed by the Guardian Council, controls the credentials of the registered candidates. The Guardian Council where Yazdi is a member, appears to follow interpretations of the constitution that suggest only a man may hold Iran’s highest elected office. About 30 women candidates were seeking to run in the upcoming election, largely as a symbolic gesture. The group claims Iran’s constitution uses a word denoting only a male president….

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…

U.S. and Canada to boycott Iran’s Disarmament Presidency in UN

U.S. and Canada jointly announced, their ambassadors will boycott Iran’s looming presidency of the UN disarmament conference where Tehran will be at the helm for five weeks. The presidency of the disarmament conference follows an alphabetical rotation among the 65 member states. Tehran will assume the presidency of the conference from May 27 until June 23. U.S. Mission to the United Nations spokesperson, Erin Pelton, issued a press release today stating “Iran’s upcoming rotation as President of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) is unfortunate and highly inappropriate. The United States continues to believe that countries that are under Chapter VII…

Iran Media Crackdown Intensifies as the Election Looms

The Committee to Protect Journalists, a New-York based independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, reports on Iran’s intense crackdown on independent media ahead of the country’s presidential election in June. According to the analysis done by the organization, Iran currently has at least 40 journalists in prison, the second-highest total in the world and a figure that reflects the government’s continuing determination to silence independent coverage of public affairs. Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa Coordinator said that Iranian officials were “determined to silence independent coverage of public affairs” in anticipation of the upcoming election. He…

War With Syria Signifies A War With Iran: Resolution 65

On April 17th, while the entire U.S. media was focused on the chase for Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the 2nd terrorist suspect in the Boston Marathon attacks, the Senate introduced Resolution 65, affirming that the U.S. will fully back Israel in the instance of war with Iran. The Resolution goes beyond affirming U.S. commitment in preventing a nuclear Iran. It ensures that the United States will ‘authorize the use of military force, diplomatic, military, and economic support to Israel in its defense of its territory, people, and existence.’ Meaning, the U.S. will go to war with Iran if Israel does. This resolution…

Israel Strikes Syrian Armed-Forces Sites (Video)

On Friday and Sunday, Israel carried out the second and third strikes on Syria this year, significantly increasing the country’s involvement with the civil war and bloodshed in Syria, the BBC reported Sunday. Israel has claimed responsibility for an earlier strike on Syria in January, and says that the target of the strikes were weapons headed to the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. All of the strikes have caused casualties and widespread damage. The New York Times reported that one of the targets was a shipment of Iranian-made Fateh-110s missiles. Iran and Hezbollah have both backed President Bashar al-Assad in the…

PKK Sets the Date for Withdrawal from Turkey

According to today’s report on Hurriyet Daily News, The Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has announced its withdrawal from Turkey, starting May 8th. The PKK separatists have been fighting the Turkish government for the last three decades, demanding an independent Kurdish state, which resulted in more than 40,000 people’s death. Announcement came after the jailed leader of the organization, Abdullah Ocalan, declared on March 21st that the PKK would withdraw its militants from the Turkish soil On March 21, after more than four decades of waging war there. The US, European Union and Turkey designate the group as a terrorist organization…

Strong Signal to Iran: Arms Deal with Middle East

Only two days after the Pentagon mentioned that it was finalizing a $10 billion arms deal with Israel and two of Iran’s main rivals – the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia-, in order to strengthen their military, Chuck Hagel arrived in Israel on Sunday on his first visit there as a U.S. Defense Secretary. Asked if the arms deal sent a message that the military option was on the table if Tehran moved to build a nuclear weapon, Hagel said: “I don’t think there’s any question that’s another very clear signal to Iran.” He added, “The bottom line is…

Major Quake Hits South-East Iran

A powerful earthquake has struck Iran’s border regions with Pakistan. It is measured to be the most powerful quake in Iran for more than 50 years. The number of casualties currently is not clear, but the tremors reported to be felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East. According to the Reuters news, 13 Pakistanis were killed in the quake with Pakistan bearing the brunt of the earthquake. The provincial home minister of the Washuk district of Pakistan said the quake destroyed more than 50 shops in the district. Although the reports from the city of Saravan, closest city to…

Do Some U.S. Senators Support Genocide?

A first ever comprehensive international Arms Trade Treaty was approved by UN on April 3rd, 2013. The treaty seeks to regulate the $70 billion (46.2 billion pounds) business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers. If the treaty is signed by President Obama, government agencies would review it before the administration decides whether to seek ratification by the Senate. The Arms Trade Treaty is intended to prevent brutal dictators from acquiring conventional weapons including tanks, missiles, warships, artillery, and combat aircraft which they can use on their own people to commit genocide. Passage…

What Does the Future Hold for Syria?

The civil war in Syria continues to drag on tragically, nearing its third year. With thousands of lives lost and at least one million refugees fleeing to neighboring countries, Syria is no longer a viable country. There are common electricity outages, food shortages, half of the buildings destroyed, including many hospitals, massive dislocation of its population-internally and externally, and a civilian death toll of over 70,000, which continues to increase. One of the hardest hit cities has been Aleppo, the largest in Syria. Being a major battleground for both sides since the outset of the war, it continues to struggle…

Former Military Chief Appointed as Israeli Defense Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu appointed Moshe Ya’alon on Sunday as Israel’s new defense minister. Ya’alon has long opposed the freezing of settlement building, and has said in the past that Israel must focus on defense before diplomacy in the conflict. Ya’alon headed the Israeli army during the 2nd intifada, or Palestinian uprising. He also took a controversial stance in opposing the 2005 Israeli withdrawal from settlements within the Gaza Strip. Netanyahu chose Ya’alon because the position requires someone with military experience. “At such a decisive time for the security of the State of Israel, when the region all around…

HSBC Settlement Case Raises Legal Hackles

In December, U.S. Federal Authorities stirred controversy for having reached a financial settlement deal with British bank HSBC, allowing the bank to avoid criminal prosecution for taking part in money laundering operations for Latin American drug cartels, suspected terrorist networks and rogue states such as Iran. As a means to avoid prosecution, the bank agreed to pay $1.9 billion in fines, after having reached the arrangement with the Department of Justice. However regardless of their agreement and written arguments by both federal prosecutors and HSBC filed in January arguing in favor of the deal , U.S. District Court Judge John…

The First Truly Global Empire: John Perkins’ Interview with Progressive Press

“I thinks it’s fair to say that economic hit-men have produced the world’s first truly global empire…” Such was the response of author and activist John Perkins when defining what an economic hitman is in an interview with the Progressive Press on Tuesday. Perkins, an internationally acclaimed writer and advocate for global sustainability, goes on to point out that in the modern age of economic colonialism (in which empires are established through economic force as opposed to military domination) that the modern empires are not those of governments, but corporations. Under the auspices of supporting and developing infrastructure, Perkins claims the…

TGFJL: McCain & Graham Bitter It Up Alone

“Thank God for Joe Lieberman”. Probably not a statement made by Al Gore. It was, however, directed (sharply) at former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), during his Senate confirmation hearing before the Armed Services Committee on Thursday, January 31. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), former Presidential nominee, former Maverick, forever the man who thought Sarah Palin was an acceptable choice to lead this country (and, judging by the many very large bulging veins McCain has been sporting lately, Palin could very well have been called upon). McCain castigated Chuck Hagel for his position on the Iraq War surge. He had to know,…

Massive Obama Mural in Tehran

Iranian website Asriran.com posted photos of a new mural that have President Obama and historical figure Shemr shown together, pasted on an apartment building in the city of Tehran. President Obama is portrayed standing next to Shemr, a 17th Century figure in Shia Islam, with a caption at the bottom that says: “Be with us, be safe.” Connecting Shmer to President Obama has its roots in Islamic history. Muslims have split into Sunni and Shia denominations after the Battle of Karbala in 680 AD. Prophet Muhammad’s cousin Ali and his followers called themselves the Party of Ali, “The Shia” and…