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Boston Marathon defies attacks one year on

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

High security as city prepares for 2014 marathon, one year after deadly bombing at finish line during last year's event.
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More barrel bombs hit Syria’s Aleppo

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Dozens killed in barrel-bomb strikes in rebel held Aleppo, activists say, as Assad visits Christian town to mark Easter.
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  Former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent nearly 20 years in prison after being falsely convicted of a triple murder, holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison during Continue →

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Abdullah strengthens Afghan poll lead to 11 points: officials (via AFP)

Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan’s presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted, officials said Continue →

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Kuwait papers suspended over coup plot story

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Al Watan and Alam Al Yawm newspapers ordered to stop printing for weeks after violating media blackout of investigation.
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Tomgram: Engelhardt, Knowledge Is Crime

by Tom Engelhardt on April 20, 2014

If this weren't Washington 2014, but rather George Orwell’s novel 1984, then the sign emblazoned on the front of the Ministry of Truth -- “War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength” -- would have Continue →

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Original post at Facebook page of American Friends of Israeli army

The news today is that there is more violence on the Temple Mount, with Palestinian rioting spreading out to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. The source of this violence is clear: rightwing Jewish efforts to conduct religious rituals Continue →

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Is South Sudan on the verge of collapse?

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Despite a ceasefire agreement, fighting between government soldiers and rebels rages.
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Tarek Mehanna and the Isolation of American Muslims

by editor@truthdig.com on April 20, 2014

News agency Inter Press Service offers an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in “terror-related activity.” The article tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a 17-year jail Continue →

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Many dead in Iraq violence ahead of vote

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Blasts, including one at a college, kill 18, while fighting in Fallujah leaves 15 dead.
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Big Investors

by editor@truthdig.com on April 20, 2014

By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons

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Malaysia Airlines plane in emergency landing

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Plane makes emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur after turning back because of landing gear scare.
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Jew versus Jew on Israeli slavery

by sarahbenton on April 20, 2014

A Palestinian child labourer picks sweet peppers in an Israeli settlement – but Israeli farmers now prefer Thai workers. Photo from Ma’an Development Centre/Al Jazeera] 47 years a slave: A new perspective on the occupation

Very few struggles in history have centred Continue →

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Dreams of exile

by sarahbenton on April 20, 2014

Access of Palestinians to the sea is confined to the Gaza strip. Normally crowded, here a boy plays football. Twelve Years a Slave, Sixty Six Years a Living Dead

By Faysal Mikdadi, London Progressive Journal April 13, 2014

I have had a rather difficult Continue →

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Fourteen Algerian soldiers killed in ambush

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

At least 14 soldiers killed after fighters attack a military patrol in mountains 120km east of the capital Algiers.
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Heed the Warnings of the Butter Battle

by editor@truthdig.com on April 20, 2014

This Easter Sunday, as Cold War drums beat softly but surely, we look for sanity and wisdom in the humane literature of Dr. Seuss.

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Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Former boxer Rubin Carter, whose wrongful conviction for murder caused an international outcry, dies aged 76.
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Gabriel García Márquez

by editor@truthdig.com on April 20, 2014

By Dario Castillejos, Cagle Cartoons, El Imparcial de México

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First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow

by editor@truthdig.com on April 20, 2014

By Paul Brown, Climate News Network

A new kind of solar oven can provide heat over 24 hours and offers the Continue →

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PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

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Abdullah takes lead in Afghan vote count

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Early count shows ex-foreign minister short of an outright majority in presidential poll, despite having 11 point lead.
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Deadly clash in Ukraine’s restive east

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Shoot-out at checkpoint set up by pro-Russian separatists leaves three dead and others wounded, says interior ministry.
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Obama and Kerry at the White House, Dec. 2012, photo by Mandel Ngan for AFP/Getty images

Obama and Kerry at the White House, Dec. 2012, photo by Mandel Ngan for AFP/Getty images

Norman Finkelstein has an interesting piece up at the Chiseler on the peace negotiations, “Norman Finkelstein Asks: The End of Palestine?” based on talks he Continue →

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Payday Lenders

by editor@truthdig.com on April 20, 2014

By Pat Bagley, Cagle Cartoons, Salt Lake Tribune

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This is a press release from Yariv Mohar of Rabbis for Human Rights.

Why should the Israeli military control areas of civilian life in the West Bank, without any security justification? Why should planning in the West Bank be divided along Continue →

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Korea kin angry over slow ferry rescue

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Transcript shows confusion and indecision among crew after ferry began listing dangerously in calm waters.
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No rescue!

by Marc H. Ellis on April 20, 2014

Rainbow Shabbat, by Judy Chicago.

Rainbow Shabbat, by Judy Chicago (1992). From the Brooklyn Museum: the piece is the last image in a Holocaust project the artist created with her husband, Donald Woodman. 

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature Continue →

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Southern Poverty Law Center takes Blumenthal’s side against smear campaign

by Phil Weiss and Annie Robbins on April 20, 2014

Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal

The Southern Poverty Law Center has come to Max Blumenthal’s defense against the wretched smear campaign propagated by neoconservatives and Rush Limbaugh that seeks to connect him to the murders outside Kansas City Jewish organizations a week ago. Continue →

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More bodies recovered from S Korea ferry

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Divers find more bodies from sunken South Korean ferry, bringing the death toll to 58, while about 240 remain missing.
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No relief for Yarmouk’s refugees

by sarahbenton on April 20, 2014

Sandwiched between a list of some of the charities – though no Jewish ones – making emergency appeals for people in Syria, especially the children, and links to previous postings on Yarmouk camp are UNRWA’s latest stark warning of impending Continue →

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Nepal calls off search for Everest guides

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Authorities call off search for climbing guides after avalanche on world's highest peak left 13 dead.
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Ignition Problem

by editor@truthdig.com on April 20, 2014

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Dozens dead in Pakistan bus crash

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

At least 42 people killed after Karachi-bound bus collides with tractor-trailer in Sindh province.
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Yemen drone strike ‘kills al-Qaeda fighters’

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

At least five suspected al-Qaeda fighters killed in Abyan province in second such attack in as many days.
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Prominent Pakistani journalist shot

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Hamid Mir, a popular televison host, is targeted by gunmen near Karachi airport and suffers three gunshot wounds.
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Syria removes 80 percent of chemical weapons

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Head of UN team overseeing disarmament process says country likely to meet April 27 deadline if momentum is maintained.
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Local anger at Japan island surveillance unit

by AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE) on April 20, 2014

Residents scuffle with officials as Tokyo begins construction of coastal monitoring unit near islands claimed by China.
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(By Human Rights Watch)

Saudi authorities have repeatedly harassed Abu al-Khair for his human rights work, and now they’ve suddenly jailed him without letting him notify his family. The authorities should free Abu al-Khair immediately and drop the charges against him. Continue →
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Al Gore On Climate Change Crisis (via Clean Technica)

Originally published on Green Living Ideas. Former Vice President Al Gore delivered a powerful address to a packed house at the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Continue →

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Pharrell’s “Happy” – Gaza Style

by Juan Cole on April 19, 2014

All we in the West ever hear about Gaza concerns the Hamas Party-Militia or the conflict between its Palestinians and the Israeli army.

Some Gaza youth did a cover of Pharrell Williams’s “Happy” to show a different side of the 1.7 Continue →

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