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WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH

on April 16, 2016, 7:21 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

“Perhaps the worst thing about the new war on the internet is how Orwellian it is. The main argument made by the Guardian and other anti-troll warriors, and echoed by Maria Miller, is that if we allow people to spout whatever they want, then this will scare other people off the web, meaning, in Miller’s words, that foul online commentary […]

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Oil Industry Takes a Hit….

on April 15, 2016, 7:41 AM / in International News, National News

Two stories about the financial cost of the oil glut Energy XXI, an oil and gas producer with operations in Texas, Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico, filed for bankruptcy Thursday, Reuters reports. Mexico is injecting $4.2 billion into state oil company Pemex to help it get through the oil glut, the Associated Press reports. Whom do you think will come out […]

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Health officials confirm Zika link to birth defect

Health officials confirm Zika link to birth defect

on April 14, 2016, 7:57 AM / in International News, National News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday that the mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause a devastating birth defect in babies born to infected women. The birth defect, microcephaly, results in abnormally small heads, and brain damage. “There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes microcephaly,” said the CDC’s director, Dr. Thomas R. Frieden. “Never before in history […]

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How A Cashless Society Could Embolden Big Brother

How A Cashless Society Could Embolden Big Brother

on April 13, 2016, 6:22 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

Written By: Sarah Jeong  /   The Atlantic TN Note: Technocracy envisions a cashless society so that nobody is every ‘left behind.’ Thus, it’s no wonder that the central banks of the world, as well as commercial and investment banks, are calling for cash to be removed. In 2014, Cass Sunstein—one-time “regulatory czar” for the Obama administration—wrote an op-ed advocating for […]

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Former FBI official: Hacker likely extradited for Clinton probe

Former FBI official: Hacker likely extradited for Clinton probe

on April 11, 2016, 7:43 AM / in International News, National News

A former assistant director for the FBI said Friday that authorities would not have gone to the trouble of extraditing a notorious Romanian hacker unless he was key to their investigation of Hillary Clinton. Marcel Lehel Lazar, known online as “Guccifer,” was extradited from a Romanian prison at the end of March and relocated to a facility in Alexandria, Va. He […]

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CIA director says agency will never waterboard again

CIA director says agency will never waterboard again

on April 11, 2016, 7:15 AM / in International News, National News

CIA Director John Brennan said Sunday that his agency would never again use waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” techniques that have been characterized as torture, even if a future president ordered them. “I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,” he told NBC News. President […]

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Kerry becomes highest-ranking American to visit Hiroshima memorial

Kerry becomes highest-ranking American to visit Hiroshima memorial

on April 11, 2016, 6:43 AM / in International News, National News

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited what he called the “gut-wrenching” memorial to the victims of the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima 71 years ago. Kerry is the highest ranking U.S. official ever to visit the peace memorial. He visited with other G7 leaders. “Everyone in the world should see and feel the power of this memorial,” […]

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Reddit Quietly Warns Users of Surveillance Request

Reddit Quietly Warns Users of Surveillance Request

on April 10, 2016, 6:29 AM / in International News, National News

Written by  C. Mitchell Shaw Last week, a major player in the social media forum world used a legal hack to alert its subscribers that it had been served a National Security Letter (NSL). NSLs are a legal tool used by federal agencies when those agencies are seeking information about an American company’s customers or subscribers. Part of all such […]

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Pope invites Bernie Sanders to the Vatican

Pope invites Bernie Sanders to the Vatican

on April 8, 2016, 7:58 AM / in International News, National News

Sen. Bernie Sanders will make an unusual campaign stop next week, when he flies to Italy to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Sanders was invited by the Vatican to visit on April 15, just four days before the New York primary, as apart of a conference on social, economic and environmental issues, and Sanders will discuss how to […]

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Another secular blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh

Another secular blogger killed by machete-wielding attackers in Bangladesh

on April 7, 2016, 7:25 AM / in International News

Assailants attacked and killed law student and blogger Nazimuddin Samad on his way home from class on Wednesday night, police in Dhaka, Bangladesh, said Thursday. The killers hacked Samad, 28, with machetes, then shot him. He was the sixth secular writer or publisher killed in such an attack since the beginning of 2015. A banned Islamist group, Ansarullah Bangla Team, […]

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U.S. to demand banks identify shell-company owners

U.S. to demand banks identify shell-company owners

on April 7, 2016, 7:23 AM / in International News, National News

The U.S. plans to require banks to seek to identify the owners of shell-company accounts. The Treasury Department has been working on the rule for years, but is pushing to send it to the White House for review in response to the Panama Papers scandal. The rule would be the latest U.S. step to close loopholes sheltering wealthy and powerful […]

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Jacob Zuma beats South Africa impeachment vote

Jacob Zuma beats South Africa impeachment vote

on April 6, 2016, 7:22 AM / in International News

Nothing Like a Little Forgiveness South African President Jacob Zuma survived an impeachment vote on Tuesday, thanks to support from the African National Congress’ two-thirds majority in the 400-seat assembly. The country’s highest court last week said that Zuma had violated the constitution by failing to repay taxpayer money spent on his private home. Zuma apologized on Friday, and that […]

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Pfizer kills Allergan merger after U.S. tightens loophole

on April 6, 2016, 7:15 AM / in International News, National News

Pfizer has scrapped its $160 billion deal to take over smaller Dublin-based drug maker Allergan, putting an end to what would have been the biggest corporate inversion ever. The decision came a day after the Treasury Department unveiled new rules designed to curb such mergers, which corporations use to reduce their tax burdens by merging with foreign companies and shifting […]

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Scotland’s Named Person controversy heats up

on April 5, 2016, 7:47 AM / in International News

By Walter Olson   /  Overlawyered.com We’ve warned for a while about the scheme in Scotland to appoint a state functionary, a so-called Named Person, to look after the interests every child — not just every child in state care or for whom there are indicia of danger, but every child, period. Now the results are coming in from early […]

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U.S. and Philippines start annual military exercises

U.S. and Philippines start annual military exercises

on April 4, 2016, 7:16 AM / in International News, National News

The U.S. and the Philippines on Monday are starting two weeks of annual military exercises as tensions remain high in the region due to China’s claims on nearly the entire South China Sea. The Philippines is one of several nations that have claims to part of the disputed waters, which are believed to have big oil and gas deposits. About […]

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Greece sends first migrants back to Turkey under EU deal

Greece sends first migrants back to Turkey under EU deal

on April 4, 2016, 7:03 AM / in International News

The Greek government is bracing for violence as the European Union begins to deport Syrian refugees and other migrants back to Turkey on Monday under a landmark deal aiming to stem the flow of migrants to Europe. Boats carrying the first 131 migrants out of about 750 people leaving by Wednesday shoved off from the Greek island of Lesbos on […]

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Panama Papers leak provides look at tax havens used by rich and powerful

Panama Papers leak provides look at tax havens used by rich and powerful

on April 4, 2016, 7:00 AM / in International News

A team of journalists on Sunday published a trove of leaked documents describing how world leaders, business tycoons, and criminals hide assets using offshore banks and shell companies. The investigators spent months digging through the so-called Panama Papers, 2.6 terabytes of documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. The data showed links to 72 current or former heads of state, […]

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South African court tells Jacob Zuma to reimburse state for home repairs

South African court tells Jacob Zuma to reimburse state for home repairs

on April 1, 2016, 7:55 AM / in International News

Politics is the same all over….. South Africa’s highest court on Thursday ruled that the country’s president, Jacob Zuma, violated the constitution by refusing to pay back millions of dollars in government money that he spent upgrading his homestead. The improvements included a helipad, a visitor center, a swimming pool, an amphitheater, and a chicken coop. Zuma said there was […]

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Anbang drops out of bidding war with Marriott over Starwood

Anbang drops out of bidding war with Marriott over Starwood

on April 1, 2016, 7:46 AM / in International News, National News

China’s Anbang Insurance Group Co. unexpectedly dropped its $15 billion bid for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide on Thursday due to “market considerations,” clearing the way for rival suitor Marriott International to buy the hotel chain. Marriott upped its offer from $12.2 billion to more than $14 billion during the bidding war. If Anbang had prevailed, it would have been […]

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Communist Candidate for UN Boss Relies on “Little KGB” Spies

Communist Candidate for UN Boss Relies on “Little KGB” Spies

on March 31, 2016, 9:33 AM / in International News, National News, Opinion

Authorities in Bulgaria recently unveiled an official committee to help secure the top spot at the United Nations for Bulgarian communist operative Irina Bokova (shown), and the devil is in more than just the details — it is embedded in the whole sordid affair. Among other concerns, the official campaign team is dominated by known communist agents who worked for the […]

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