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February 25, 2018

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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

A Gun Walks Into A Bar……

As I sit here typing this, I’m listening to the music of Jillian Johnson and The Figs. Getting progressively and more intolerably angry. I simply cannot take it anymore. This is madness. The Lafayette, Louisiana shooting has hit home. Truly. While I did not know Mayci Breaux and I did not personally know Jillian (though wish I had), friends back home did. So much did Jillian give to her community – and even more so to the world at large through her music – gone at the age of 33. Mayci, a bright mind eager to start her career in…

The Corporate Supreme Court

–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…

An Article of Confederacy

Each of three stunning events in the last several days of our collective American experience brings individual and profound significance worthy of a future college text. Taken together, the confluence of Cliven Bundy’s epic rise and fall, the high court’s clinical rejection of affirmative action and the Princeton/Northwestern study on modern oligarchy make for a mighty flood imperiling what’s left of polity and democracy in our beleaguered republic. He Wished He Was in the Land of Cotton . . . Heading to points west first, we find newly-minted right-wing American hero Cliven Bundy waxing philosophical on what’s horribly wrong with…

Yes, Chicken Little…..

This time, the sky really is falling Shutdown 2013 is really not a budget negotiation. IT IS NOT.  You do not pass and repeal laws in the United States of America through budget negotiations. Then what is this, really?  What are the buffoons and shucksters in Congress at a stalemate over?  Well, this time, it’s about nothing short of our democratic system of self-governance, which hangs in the balance:  that would be Majority Rule by the people, through their elected representatives, as envisioned by the Founding Fathers and borne out in our Constitution.  The terms being thrown around – “economic…

SCOTUS: Political Calculation?

On Tuesday the 25th, the SCOTUS effectively negated the key requirement in the 1965 Voting Rights Act that says all or parts of 15 states with a history of racial discrimination get Justice Department approval before changing election laws. One argument is that the government can’t continue to rely on 40-year-old demographic data that don’t reflect changes in racial progress and society over the decades, in deciding which states and local jurisdictions have to first get clearance from Washington. This ruling marks a dark and tragic day in the history of America. It is, however, no surprise when we consider,…

Faster Executions in Florida; New Bill Signed by Gov. Rick Scott

On Friday 14th, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill into law that is aimed at accelerating the pace of the death penalty process in Florida. The signing of this “fast track” legislation called “the Timely Justice Act”, requires the governor to sign a death warrant within 30 days after a review by the State Supreme Court. After the signature, the new law requires the state to execute the defendant within six months. The bill also bars attorneys from using certain defense strategies, and gives judges tighter time-frames to consider appeals and post-conviction motions, such as whether a defendant should get…

Socrates, Standing and Same Sex Marriage

While baseball begins in about a week, and the Standard & Poor’s is tipping an all-time high, millions of eyes, gay and straight, devoted, detached and disgusted, are peering instead at the United States Supreme Court, that institution representing the first among equals in our three-branch Republic. As we can’t expect rulings on the marriage equality cases before the Court this week until sometime shortly before the All-Star break, the following will optimistically serve to gently prognosticate and bring some order to what gives in the Court. Here Comes Old Socrates Socrates haunts every courtroom, law school and kitchen table…

The Gays Are Coming To Take Your Guns: Rational Inquiry Into Prop 8 And DOMA

“We are not endeavoring to chain the future, but to free the present. We are not forging fetters for our children, but we are breaking those our fathers made for us. We are the advocates of inquiry, of investigation and thought. This, of itself, is an admission that we are not perfectly satisfied with all our conclusions.” – Robert Ingersoll FEAR AND FAIRNESS As fallible human beings, we are typically guided by either fear or fairness. Fairness is an inherently American concept that has animated and defined our country from inception. We care deeply about fundamental fairness. And what is…

Our Courts Are In Ruins (And Justice Is For Sale To Highest Bidder)

For the purported most powerful and greatest nation on earth, we should feel shamed by the state of our judicial system. What is happening with our Courts is directly related to our self-absorbed and broken government. Riddle me this: how does a democracy function if two-thirds of its legislative-executive-judicial trifecta fails to function? As related to our Courts, we have a three-pronged problem. (1) Our Senate cannot confirm even pro-forma judicial nominees anymore; it has become that broken and that partisan. I won’t even mention who gets the blame on this (his name starts with Harry and ends with Reid)….

Voting Rights Act: Fix It Because It isn’t Broken

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will take on the latest challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It pits Shelby County, Alabama against the Federal Government. Shelby County will ask the Supreme Court to overturn Section Five of the Voting Rights Act, also called Preclearance. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 is considered to be the landmark legislation of the civil rights movement. It was aimed at outlawing discriminatory voting practices that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote. It is the most far- reaching piece of civil rights legislation in U.S. history. During its 2006 extension, a…

The 2nd Amendment: A History Distorted

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Such reads the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. We’ve seen an explosion of interest in the Second Amendment over the past couple years.  This does in part stem from increased gun control debates, which are a natural consequence of the tragic mass-shootings that have taken place recently. The question to be answered, however, is whether the Amendment creates an individual right for citizens to bear arms, or a collective right for…