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Korean divers remove first bodies from ferry Divers have removed the first bodies from the South Korean ferry that capsized nearly four days ago, the coastguard has said.
#Everest avalanche death toll rises to 13 Rescuers have recovered the body of another mountain guide after an ice avalanche on the lower slopes of Mount Everest, bringing the death toll to at least 13 in the deadliest accident on the world's highest mountain.
#Ukraine offers Easter truce in the east The Ukrainian government has said it will not attack pro-Russian separatists over the Easter weekend even as hundreds of them continued to occupy several buildings in the eastern part of the country.
French journalists kidnapped in #Syria freed Four French journalists kidnapped in Syria last June by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group have been found by Turkish soldiers on the border with Syria.

Free Speech Or Bribery?

Campaign financeLegalizing Bribery

On Wednesday 2 April 2014 the U.S. Supreme court took another step toward the destruction of campaign finance reform with a five to four decision known as McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission. One gets the feeling that this is part of a general campaign, waged by class-biased, ideologically committed conservatives, against government regulation, which they see as somehow a violation of their constitutional rights. As if to suggest that this is so, the Court majority rationalized their decision in the name of “free speech.”

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After Turkey’s March 30th Local Elections

Turkey’s Local ElectionsNever in the history of the Turkish republic have municipal elections of the mayors of cities and towns meant so much to the political life of the country as those held on March 30. It is not a sudden turn to localism around the country or in the big cities, although the commercializing of the urban landscape in large Turkish cities, especially Istanbul, is a matter of serious concern to an influential and discontented segment of the citizenry.

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Military Occupation, Apartheid, and Torture

UN Report on Palestine

The outgoing Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard A. Falk, submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution 5/1 his last report on the dire conditions under which the Palestinian people have to live.  Falk’s final presentation addresses Israeli settlements...

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An Oslo Criminal

The death of Ron Pundak, one of the original Israeli architects of the 1993 Oslo agreement, brought that historic event back into the public eye.

Gideon Levy reminded us that the Rightist rabble-rousers, in their furious onslaught on the agreement, called the initiators “Oslo criminals” – a conscious echo of one of Adolf Hitler’s main slogans on his way to power....

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Where do we go from here?

by Adam Keller

John Kerry does not come over any more, but he still sends his personal representative Martin Indyk. Once again a meeting was convened between the representatives of the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, again an effort to achieve at least an extension of the negotiations, and again it failed, and again an American announcement  that...

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Art of Resistance

An Interview With David Rovics

I have a lot in common with David Rovics. We are both artists- he is an American singer/songwriter, I am a Jazz artist, we are outspoken, we both oppose imperialist wars and we also believe that ethics and aesthetics are somehow related and can bring a change. For many years I’ve been overwhelmed by the simplicity, the honesty and the...

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Sharing: The Common-sense Solution

Inequality and the inevitable Collapse

Depending on who you listen to and how it is defined, worldwide income and wealth inequality is either more acute than it has ever been, or the gap between the rich and the rest is narrowing.

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The Signing of the Palestinian Spring

by Dr. Vacy Vlazna

At the low point of the farcical ‘peace’ process stalemate, President Mahmoud Abbas signed, on Tuesday 1st April 2014, letters of accession to 15 multilateral treaties and conventions, (a right gained following Palestine’s upgrade to Observer State status by the UN General Assembly back in November 2012) in defiance of Israel’s refusal to release...

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Politics

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‘Renewable ethanol’ is a lie

Huge disparities in wealth accumulation have meant that our democracies have become anti-science Lobbyocracies and Corporatocracies in which Big Money determines “truth” and “reality”. No better example is the use of the term “renewable ethanol” by fossil fuel corporations and Mainstream media despite the reality from a science-based perspective that “renewable ethanol”...

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Lap Dancers, the CIA, Pay-offs, and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

There was CIA involvement through a company called Mega Oil. They were shipping in arms under the cover of oil tools.

The BP executive was explaining to me how the CIA, MI6 and British Petroleum engineered a coup d’état, overthrowing an elected president of a nation who was “not favorable to BP.” The corporation’s former Vice-President, Leslie Abrahams, is...

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More NATO Forces for Eastern Europe

US-led NATO threatens world peace. It's a global killing machine. It prioritizes militarism and war. It threatens humanity in the process.

It's escalating East/West tensions. It supports Kiev fascist putschists. It buries truth. It spreads lies about Russia.

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The Ayatollahs' Overlooked Anti-WMD Fatwas

When the Obama administration refused to grant a visa to Iran’s designated ambassador to the United Nations, Hamid Aboutalebi, it was continuing a long-running hostile U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic.

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Ukraine, Venezuela, and Chile

In 1970, Salvador Allende, a self-avowed socialist-communist, was elected president in a three-way race in Chile. His election caused U.S. President Richard Nixon and the entire U.S. national-security state to go ballistic. Based on Allende’s record, they knew that he would never play a submissive and compliant role within the U.S. Empire.

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Patronizing Paychecks

In a move as surprising as limos at a state funeral the GOP has misplaced their ticket for the clue train. Yes, again. Just when you think they get it, party leaders move heaven and earth and that place due south to prove that not only do they not get it, they have never gotten it and aren’t really comfortable around people who do get it. One suspects, secretly, they don’t want...

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Senior leader of Muslim Brotherhood sentenced

An Egyptian court sentenced a senior leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to a year in jail for insulting a prosecutor, judicial sources said. Read More...

US ground forces to be sent to Poland

Poland's defense minister has said US ground forces will be sent to Poland to expand NATO's presence there as events continue to unfold in neighboring...

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Egyptian militant group Ajnad Misr

The Egyptian militant group Ajnad Misr has claimed responsibility for a blast that killed one police officer in Cairo.

The bomb exploded in...

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Ukraine in 'pivotal period' as deal stalls, US warns Russia

Russia was under US pressure on Saturday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to cease occupying eastern  towns, after Washington warned the situation...

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Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has given his blessing to attacks of Egyptian jihadis on the police and army, but said they should avoid harming civilians. Read More...

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