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In Brazil, Criminals Can Actually Go To Jail

When federal prosecutor Eduardo Santos de Oliveira heard in November about an oil spill in a Chevron field off Brazil’s coast, he was determined that, this time, the polluters wouldn’t wiggle from his grip. Time and again over the past decade, targets of his civil and criminal cases have used Brazil’s legal system — with […]

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Suspected Toulouse terror suspects leaves two officers wounded during house raid

The Guardian newspaper is reporting, two french police officers were injured following a shoot-out at the house suspected of housing the suspected terror suspects involved in the killings of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in south-west France this week.? The raid on the house began at 3am local time.? It is […]

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Israel and Iran are Peaceful People

Five days after an Israeli couple professed its love for the Iranian people over Facebook, the campaign continued to make waves in the global media. CNN’s website dedicated a prime spot for the campaign Tuesday, exposing its readers to what was quickly turning into the week’s most heartwarming story. “It is not possible to dial […]

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Bob Dylan, Fifty Years Later (MIXTAPE)

Bob Dylan released his first album on March 20th, 1962. ?The self titled album didn’t make it to the Billboard Top 100, only selling 5,000 copies, but four months later he would record the track “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which would change music forever. ?Today we look back on the early days and recordings of […]

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Gunman Reportedly Filmed Lethal Shooting Spree at French Jewish School

A day after an attack outside a Jewish school here killed a rabbi and three young children, French authorities offered fresh details on Tuesday of an assault that has stunned the nation and terrorized the city, saying the lone gunman seemed to be filming his actions as he coolly shot his victims to death. [two_five] […]

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Imminent danger of famine in the Sahel

[two_five] Lower levels of precipitation in the Sahel region since 1970[/two_five]The?U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization?reports that an estimated number of sixteen million people may soon suffer from food shortages in the?Sahel?region.UNICEF?prepares for a worst case scenario of providing food for 1.5 million children with acute malnutrition. The?U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs?announced that […]

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North Korea plans to launch long-range rocket

On Friday,?North Korea?announced that the country will launch a satellite mounted to a long-range rocket into orbit, as a celebratory action for late leader?Kim Il Sung‘s 100th birthday. [one_three] Kim Il Sung?portrait (2007) Image:?Gilad.rom. [/one_three]The statement caused international concern as North Korea agreed to stop its nuclear program and weapon testing just 16 days earlier. […]

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Russian scholars call on Medvedev and Putin to defend Bhagavad Gita

Twenty leading?Russian?scholars urged Russian President?Dmitry Medvedev?and Prime Minister, President-elect?Vladimir Putin?to step in and take the ongoing?Bhagavad Gita?trial in the?Siberian?city of?Tomsk?under “personal control”, saying it “discredits Russia’s cultural and democratic credentials in the eyes of the civilized world”. Last December, the Tomsk court rejected state prosecutor’s indictment of the?Bhagavad Gita As It Is, a commented translation […]

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Kenya government fires health worker strikers

The?Kenyan?government?has dismissed 25,000 striking health workers, mostly nurses, citing failure to heed government orders to recommence work and concern for the welfare of hospital patients. Speaking on behalf of the government, Alfred Mutua stated the workers were dismissed “illegally striking” and “[defying] the directive … to report back to work”, which he called “unethical”. The […]

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Is Google Stereotyping the World?

Google is our world?s time capsule. Think about it: If an aliens were monitoring our communication, they?d immediately home in on Google search. I have just one problem with that: With around?three billion searches a day, we rely on Google?s algorithm to sift and sort through all of its aggregated data in order to present […]

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ROLLIN?, ROLLIN?, ROLLIN?

A wheelchair was the author?s ticket to the mysterious and wonderful world of the handicapped stall. My brother has hemiplegic cerebral palsy, and he?s a total dick about it. He?s always like, ?Oh, I?m crippled so I can?t do the dishes,? or he?ll just blow all of his disability checks on video games and take-out […]

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Boston Police Set to Crack Down on Moshing

According to the?Boston Herald, reps from the city’s police department have stated that they will be cracking down on moshing and slam-dancing during shows. The article comes right after the House of Blues in Boston was cited for a license violation after a February 21 show by the Irish punk band Flogging Molly. The venue […]

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Russia: we're happy to sell arms to Assad

Russia insisted yesterday that it would not halt arms shipments to Syria even as evidence mounts that the regime is committing crimes against humanity, with a rights group today releasing a sickening dossier of the torture inflicted on those who oppose President Bashar al-Assad. The comments by Russia’s Deputy Defence Minister, Anatoly Antonov, that existing […]

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Les investissements tr?s francophiles du Qatar

Avec l?acquisition de 2% du capital de Total, r?alis?e en ?t? 2011, le Qatar serait devenu le troisi?me actionnaire du p?trolier fran?ais, selon le journal?Les Echos. Cet investissement cibl? sur l?un des fleurons de l??conomie fran?aise confirme l?engouement croissant de l??mirat du golfe persique pour l?Hexagone. ?Le Qatar va-t-il friser l?indigestion?? En quelques mois, l??mirat […]

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Unknown Tech Company Defies FBI In Mystery Surveillance Case

Photo: Chotda/Flickr Sometime earlier this year, a provider of communication services in the United States ? perhaps a phone company, perhaps Twitter ? got a letter from the FBI demanding it turn over information on one, or possibly even hundreds, of its customers. The letter instructed the company to never disclose the existence of the […]

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