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US and Cuban leaders announce thaw in Cold War-era diplomatic relations More mass kidnapping in northern Nigeria; Boko Haram suspected Taliban militants slaughter almost 150 children at a Peshawar school Israel showcases drone technology as the world’s top exporter Wichita outfits all police with body cameras, L.A. and Houston announce similar plans New York environmentalists celebrate first-ever statewide fracking ban New Zealand opens coastal waters to deep sea drilling   US and Cuban...
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IMMIGRANT BOYCOTTS Immigrant workers and their supporters are participating in a massive boycott in dozens of cities throughout the US today. Dubbed "A day without an immigrant", organizers are calling for a day of "no work, no school, and no shopping". Solidarity actions have spread to Mexico, with strike supporters boycotting, and in some cases blockading, US-based transnational restaurants and retail outlets. We'll have reports from the streets later in the newscast. SRI...
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SPECIAL EDITION OF FREE SPEECH RADIO NEWS -- INTERVIEW WITH ARUNDATI ROY Arundhati Roy is author of the Booker-Prize winning God of Small Things. She spoke with Correspondent Sputnik Kilambi about her article below, published by the Guardian of London, but rejected by every major US daily newspaper. ======================================================= 'Brutality Smeared in Peanut Butter' by Arundati Roy As darkness deepened over Afghanistan on Sunday October 7 2001, the US government, backed...
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Today, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a man born in the U-S -- but captured in Afghanistan by U.S. forces, and held without access to an attorney.Jay Tamboli reports from D.C. New Jersey became the fifth U.S. state to provide some sort of legal status for same sex couples, after as the state senate passed a domestic partnership bill without one word of opposition.Scott Gurian reports from New Jersey. Today, anti-war protestors, who demonstrated against the U.S. led invasion...
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ACLU FILES FOIA REQUESTS ON PENTAGON SPY PROGRAM The American Civil Liberties Union and its local affiliates filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests today, in an effort to uncover why the Pentagon has been monitoring the activities of anti-war groups and pacifist organizations. The FOIA requests were filed on behalf of Veterans for Peace, the American Friends Service Committee, Greenpeace, and dozens of local organizations in seven states. EFF SUES AT&T OVER NSA PROGRAM...
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Canada honors soldier; PM calls for swift action on ramped up security powers Election 2014: Wisconsin battle for Governor's mansion Los Angeles seeks to renegotiate multimillion dollar fees owed to Wall Street banks Bedouin communities face forcible removal from Jerusalem periphery Q&A: Mexican citizen patrols find mass graves while searching for 43 missing students Cameroon’s education model out of step with Baka culture Canada honors soldier; PM calls for swift action on ramped up...
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U.S. resumes military aid to Egypt despite outcry over imprisoned journalists Supreme Court rules police need warrants to search cell phones Immigration detainees in Ontario boycott administrative review process Thousands face water shut-offs in Detroit Chilean teachers join students in movement for education reform Brazilian housing activists score a World Cup victory U.S. resumes military aid to Egypt despite outcry over imprisoned journalists Egypt continues its crackdown on free expression...
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Violence directed at Hong Kong pro-democracy protests School board in Colorado county passes controversial measure despite student protests Los Angeles City Council approves minimum wage hike for workers at big hotels Prominent Bahraini human rights defender held over a tweet...again Turkey approves possibility of military action against “terrorist threats” Immigration reform allows Canada to strip citizenship   Violence directed at Hong Kong pro-democracy protests Massive pro-democracy...
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ELECTIONS IN UGANDA Voters in Uganda went to the polls today in the country's firstmulti-party elections in 25 years. The twenty-year long rule ofPresident Yoweri Museveni is being challenged by his former doctor,Kizza Besigye. Dr. Besigye returned from exile after announcing hispresidential aspirations...but was later arrested and made to standtrial for what he says are politically-motivated charges. If neitherof the top contenders wins an absolute majority in the first round, arun-off vote...
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Opposition leader and anti-Syrian Saad al-Hariri claimed victory Monday in Lebanon's elections, beating pro-Syrian Christian former minister Suleiman Franjieh. The anti-Syrian party also won parliament, which breaks Syria's hold over the country. The campaign of Hariri was built on the popular energy of the demonstrations that took place after his father Hariri's assassination over Syrian troop presence and with hopes of changing Lebanon's political system. And in Iranian elections, a run-off...
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Saudi Arabia King Fahd was buried this morning in an unmarked grave alongside hundreds of other unmarked grave. Muslim leaders from around the world prayed with millions of Saudi Muslims. King Fahd ruled Saudi Arabia for 23 years, which is the worlds largest oil exporter and home to more than a billion Muslims. He died on Monday at the age of 83.Abdullah, the fifth son of Saudi Arabia's founder, King Abdul-Aziz, will take the crown. President Bush signed into law the Dominican Republic Central...
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Protests grow nationwide after no charges in Eric Garner police choke hold death UN climate talks open in Lima, activists hold parallel summit Opponents of LNG export terminal at Cove Point say FERC rubber-stamps projects A visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda Colorado apologizes 150 years after the Sand Creek Massacre Florida judge issues ruling in favor of Food Not Bombs feedings   Protests grow nationwide after no charges in Eric Garner police choke hold death Protests grew...
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Houston and Milwaukee officers cleared of charges in killings of unarmed black men New York City mayor calls for protest pause after deadly ambush of two officers Checkpoints and other restrictions put damper on Christmas tourism in Bethlehem Blasphemy claims incite mob violence; young couple immolated Declassified memo reveals Mexican police worked for Zetas in town infamous for migrant murders and mass graves Prop 47 frees some California inmates in time to be home for the holidays   Houston...
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Author of kill list memos confirmed to federal appellate bench U.S. House passes diluted USA Freedom Act; privacy advocates withhold support Same-sex marriage bans overturned in Oregon and Pennsylvania California air regulators due to release new plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission Worldwide protests ongoing in support of Ethiopia's Oromo people Free insulin clinic in Pakistan helps those struggling with diabetes Author of kill list memos confirmed to federal appellate bench The U.S. Senate...
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Advocates for a free internet are in Istanbul as the UN holds Internet Governance Legal challenge to NSA bulk metadata collection advances to appeals court Fast food workers stage national sit-ins and walk-outs Indian workers push back against proposed labor reforms Residents of N. Waziristan flee offensive against the Taliban; curfew slows access to emergency medical care Leading Bahraini human rights defender remains jailed Advocates for a free internet are in Istanbul as the UN holds...
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Section of CIA torture report declassified; brutal torture tactics revealed Demonstrations calling for police accountability continue around the U.S. Recount confirms defeat of Oregon ballot initiative to mandate labeling of GMOs Turkish police raid and shut down community center squat in Istanbul Gaza farmers face low yields after fields damaged during Israeli offensive Indigenous leaders face risks for environmental defense of Amazon Basin Section of CIA torture report declassified; brutal...
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U.S. House votes on the Keystone XL pipeline; Senate to do same next week U.S. & China announce carbon emissions deal;  the non-binding agreement is sparse on specifics Mexican president leaves country as news of apparent massacre deepens political crisis Suicide attacker poses as student in northeast Nigeria; nearly 50 students killed Visual storytelling emerges as a medium to decode Holy Land conflict Protestors challenge ban on sharing food in public in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Tomas...
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Rise Up October keeps pressure for justice reform in the streets FCC caps exorbitant rates on telephone calls placed from prison Labeled ‘insider threats’, intelligence whistleblowers face conundrum Climate policy negotiations enter final phase ahead of UN summit China invests billions in UK nuclear power plants; local activists say no Canadian voters veer left after ten years of Conservative rule Download Audio Rise Up October keeps pressure for justice reform in the streets A nationwide...
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Obama once again calls for gun law reform after yet another mass murder on campus Russia becomes the latest country to join Syria’s Civil War with airstrikes Italian police clear refugee camp along Mediterranean coast Missiles kill more than 130 people at a wedding party in Yemen Congress stages another shutdown showdown, toying with federal workers Shell suspends Arctic exploration; acidification already ravaging oceans Nomadic cattle herders in Cameroon lose traditional territory to land...
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Headlines (6:27) TRIPLE LAYER FENCE President George W. Bush today asked Congress for $1.9 billion dollars to fund border security measures. This comes after the Senate approved legislation yesterday to build a triple-layer fence along 370 miles of the US border with Mexico. The amendment's sponsor, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, estimates the triple fence will cost approximately $3.2 million per mile. NEPAL'S PARLIAMENT REIGNS KINGS IN In Nepal, the newly reconvened Parliament today...
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Turkey intensifies airstrikes against Kurdish militants; also targets IS Climate activists in Portland attempt to block Shell-leased ship on its way to the Arctic Medicare and Medicaid turn 50; advocates rally for single-payer for all Murder charge for Univ. of Cincinnati police officer who killed unarmed black man New York City’s street vendors work to decriminalize sidewalk selling Colombia begins exhuming what may be the world’s largest urban mass grave Download Audio Turkey intensifies...
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U.S. House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill, along with a slew of riders Rider to kill Waters of the United States rule fails, WOTUS promises to remain contentious EU leaders call for regional border patrol and coast guard forces Ten years after launch of Operation Streamline, criminal immigration charges dominate federal caseloads Dow, DuPont announce plans for $130 billion merger Inner city hackathons introduce kids without computers to coding Download Audio   U.S. House passes...
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U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals due to rule soon on Trump’s travel ban Attorney Gen. takes oath, more EOs rolled out, and a mother's deportation Repeal of Obamacare gives hope for advocates of single payer healthcare Betsy DeVos sworn in as Secretary of Education Army Corps of Engineers grants easement for remaining stretch of Dakota Access pipeline Denver authorities begin permitting process for cannabis consumption venues U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds stay blocking Trump’s...
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Heavy rains, floods in Pakistan affect millions Virginia’s attorney general says local police can check immigration status Slavery museum brings attention to modern-day practice White House summit on African youth leaves out key segments of society Federal scientists say BP oil spill is world’s worst Download Audio   HEADLINES Tensions rise between Israel and Lebanon Tensions between Israel and Lebanon are escalating with the worst flair up of violence since the 2006 war.  Israeli and...
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Congress Extends Tax Cuts Congress overwhelmingly approved an extension of the tax cuts touted by George W. Bush.The total package approved is 300-billion dollars more than originally put out by the administration and will send the national deficit even higher. Senator John Kerry has been calling for a roll back of many of the Bush tax cuts as a cornerstone of his campaign.But, like his Democratic colleagues in Congress yesterday he spoke highly of the legislation categorized as a middle class...
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POST-ELECTION UNREST IN GAZA Hundreds of Fateh supporters took to the streets of Gaza City today, [protesting their party's loss in the historic legislative elections and] calling for the resignation of the Fateh leadership. In Gaza City, Laila El-Haddad has the story. The mob of young supporters, which included the militant wing of Fateh, al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, marched throughout the city streets, shooting wildly into the air and blaming the Fateh leadership for the crushing blow in the...
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Feds Set to Deport 6,000 Immigrants The Justice Department announced today that it will begin apprehending and deporting some 6000 illegal immigrants of middle eastern descent who federal officials say are ?dangerous.? The Justice Department says it is part of a renewed effort to expel the over 300,000 illegal immigrants in the states, beginning with suspected members of al-Qaeda. The ?Absconder Apprehension Initiative? began over a month ago when federal agents called over 5000 men of middle...
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WAR CRIMES SUSPECT ARRESTED Retired General Ante Gotovina has been arrested in the Canary Islands. Gotovina is the third most wanted ex-Yugoslavia war crimes suspect and has been indicted by the Hague Tribunal for war crimes committed against Serbs in Croatia. Zoran Culafic reports from Belgrade. PATRIOT ACT VOTE Congressional negotiators agreed today on language to extend the USA Patriot Act for another four years. The legislation is set to expire at the end of the month. Sen. Russ Feingold...
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Central American Leaders Push CAFTA in D.C. Six leaders of Central American nations are wooing Congressional leaders at the invitation of the White House hoping to soften them up for pending trade pact legislation.Brian Zinn has more from D.C. Nationalization of Oil in Bolivia Social movement leaders in Bolivia are calling for the nationalization of gas and oil resources countering the President?s call for a summit to resolve their differences.Luis Gomez reports from Cochabamba....
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NYC SUBWAY PLOT Strict security measures have been implemented in New York City's subway system after FBI warnings of a terrorist plot involving bomb-laden baby carriages and briefcases. In New York City, Rebecca Myles reports. In New York City, part of Penn Station was closed this morning, with one entrance sealed off with yellow crime tape... although Amtrak was still boarding some trains and operating some tickets windows. At the Port Authority Bus Terminal, one lane of traffic on Ninth...
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Clarke's 9.11 Testimony Declassified? Republican Congressional leaders want to declassify Richard Clarke?s testimony to the September 11th Commission given behind closed doors in 2002.Senate Majority leader Bill Frist says he wants to know if Clarke lied under oath.In his best-selling book and again at a public hearing this week, Clarke provided a glimpse behind the White House?s veil of loyalty by charging that high-level Bush administration officials ignored or reduced the priority of key...
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Call for Coup of Pakistan President Musharraf A tape, purportedly the voice of the number-two man in Al-Qaida, Ayman Al-Zawahri, has surfaced -- and is calling on Pakistanis to get rid of self proclaimed President Musharraf. Last week the Pakistani military claimed to have Zawahri surrounded in a small village, launched missiles to flush him out, only to find he escaped in a maze of tunnels. Pakistani media are reporting a serious deadlock in the Waziristan jirga where a new and bloodier fight...
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Mass Deportation Planned According to a report released yesterday by the Coalition for the Human Rights of Immigrants, the Department of Homeland Security immigration enforcement arm ? the BICEor Bureau of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement is set to deport as many as 100 Middle Eastern detainees from Buffalo, New York as soon as tomorrow morning. Although FSRN could not confirm through the Department of Homeland Security or BICE that a deportation was occurring - critics of post 911...
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The US, Israel & the ICC(3:10) US and international human rights groups are calling on members of the United Nations Security Council to reject U.S. efforts this week to exempt U.S. citizens and others serving in UN peacekeeping operations from the scope of the new International Criminal Court (ICC), the world's first permanent tribunal to prosecute war crimes, genocide, and other crimes against humanity. Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld hinted that Washington will no longer take part in any...
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Sharon: "Arafat is the Enemy" Report from Ramallah Arab Reaction to Israel's Invasion An Interview With the Mother of Zacarias Moussaoui Second Execution in Tennessee Planned March Against INS Raids at LAX
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Rumsfeld, US Arms to India, Pakistan The White House is sending high-level officials--including defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld to south Asia to help avert a nuclear war between India and Pakistan. The Pentagon says tens of millions could die if something isn't done. But critics see a contradition in the US trying to forge peace between India and Pakistan while simultaneously helping the two countries arm themselves. Joshua Chaffin reports from Washington: Student Activist Detained in...
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Bush Administration Knew Key Justification for Invading Iraq is False President Bush is Calling for Liberia?s President Charles Taylor to Step Down UN to Stop the Illegal Arms Trade Nuclear Policy Research Institute is Calling for the United States to Cease the Use of Depleted Uranium Recall of California Governor Gray Davis to Be Put on the Ballot Bush Greeted in Senegal by Protests After weekend long protests in South Africa against the pending US presidential visit, today President Bush...
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KING REINSTATES PARLIAMENT IN NEPAL Nepals King Gyanedra reinstated the country's parliament last night, paving the way for the end of nearly 3 weeks of strikes and protests. PC Dubey reports from Kathmandu. The Seven Parties Alliance (SPA) leaders have hailed the royal proclamation as the right move to usher genuine multiparty democracy in the country and have called off their agitation and strike. They have even agreed to form an all party government under the premiership of 83 year old Girja...
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IRANIAN MILITARY PLANE CRASH An Iranian military transport plane crashed into a 10-story apartment building in Tehran today as it was trying to make an emergency landing. At least 128 people were killed including 34 on the ground. The plane was carrying Iranian journalists en route to cover military maneuvers in the south and was returning to the airport after experiencing a technical problem. AL-ARIAN TRIAL OVER ? ACCUITALS AND A MISTRIAL The Florida case of a former professor whose trial was...
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Retirement Funds Decreased in Private Sector? Congress is poised to ease funding requirements for most of the country's private retirement funds, despite record deficits in many of corporate America's pension plans. Sarah Turner with the Worker's Independent News Service has more. Ethnic Albanians Recieve Compensation Kosovo's ethnic Albanians are celebrating the ruling by a High British court awarding damages for two Albanian families whose relatives where killed by British NATO peacekeepers...
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Democratic and Republican Senators are attempting to resolve a political deadlock that threatens to promote more conservative judges and shut down the government.Kelly Giddens has more from Capitol Hill. More violent protests over sharp rises in oil and transportation costs in Nicaragua are accompanied by a call from mayors for the president to resign. Nan McCurdy reports from Managua. Nigeria has sent a team of legislators and debt management experts to the United States and Europe in an...
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Washington Governor Inaugurated Despite Controversy Mark Taylor Canfield reports. Pentagon Slashes Chemical Weapons Disposal Budget Stephanie Edgerly reports. UN Debates Haiti Haider Risvy reports. IL Passes Gay Rights Measure Rita Sand reports. Features Attacks on Iraqi Army Continue: Report from Baghdad(2:45) U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) today joined 12 Members of Congress in sending a letter to President Bush requesting that U.S. soldiers be brought home. Woolsey stated in...
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NYC Councilman James Davis died today after a gunman opened fire inside NY City's council chambers US House Blocks New FCC Rules US House Rolls Back Provision of the USA Patriot Act Terror Charges Dismissed Against Attorney Lynne Stewart Radio for Peace International Shuttered Aid Takes the Rap(3:45) The Bush Administration has another explanation for why it used bad intelligence to justify the Iraq invasion. Following the CIA?s previous acceptance of blame, and after the White House had...
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Hurricane Isabelle Shuts Down the DC -- Dave Lippman Florida's Backlog on DNA Testing for Inmates-- Mitch Perry Wild Salmon Transporting PCB's and Other Toxins -- Andrew Stelzer $140 Million Benefits Package Encouraged Richard Grasso's Resignation -- Ian Forrest The Texas Redistricting Showdown (3:05) Democrats have been fighting for several months to thwart Republican efforts to redraw the state's congressional map saying it would greatly affect minority representation in Congress. Part of the...
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Mass abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls prompts international outrage New bill addresses immigration detention conditions, advocates seek end of "bed quota" São Paulo sweatshops trap Bolivians seeking jobs in Brazil Israel increasingly kills civilians in "buffer-zone" along Gaza border fence Thailand: Ethnic Karen activist missing, UN Human Rights office concerned California charter schools among many nationwide struggling with new online tests   International efforts  are...
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US forces conduct airstrikes and aid drops in northern Iraq Fighting resumes in Gaza after 72-hour ceasefire ends Istanbul neighborhood known for anti-government unrest slated for demolition Immigration policy impasse pits legislative power against executive authority EPA holds Gulf Coast hearing on air pollution at oil refineries US forces conduct airstrikes and aid drops in northern Ira q US forces have begun carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State militants operating in northern Iraq....
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Texas grand jury opts not to indict Waller County jail personnel in Sandra Bland death St. Petersburg, Florida joins carbon divestment movement Economic blockade at India-Nepal border stretches into third month amid protests Full scale and long-term effects of Brazil’s ‘worst environmental disaster’ remain unclear Mumia Abu Jamal seeks injunction to force Pennsylvania prison officials to treat hepatitis C Mumia Abu Jamal on politics: Boorish and Boring Download Audio Texas grand jury opts...
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COP21 misses deadline; talks and protests continue into weekend French voters boost anti-immigrant National Front party to a leading position in local elections New Yorkers push back against Islamophobia DIY search caravan scours Mexican transmigration routes for missing Central Americans Student protests stall government shutdown of schools across São Paulo , Brazil Filipino theater group works to heal trauma and improve disaster preparedness through the arts   Download Audio   COP21 misses...
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Q&A: State judicial elections smash campaign spending records California’s Prop 47 could free one in five inmates from state prisons Legislation seeks to reform FOIA and improve access to government information Corruption and extremism hinder efforts to rebuild bombed-out Pakistani schools “Yes Means Yes” and on-campus sexual assault prevention Q&A: State judicial elections smash campaign spending records The 2014 elections are underway around the United States with voters already...
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US BOMBING CONTINUES3:36 US War-planes continue their intensive bombing in the North of Afghanistan today in an effort to force the Taliban out of the key city Mazar-e-Shareef. This, as the Taliban say the airstrikes are having little effect on their forces, but continue to scores of civilians. Meanwhile, calls continue to come from Muslim leaders for a healt to the US bombing. Jeremy Scahill reports. US RAIDS IMMIGRANT WIRE SERVICES 3:59 Police raided storefront businesses in five states as...
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Bush Agrees to Independent Commission on Iraqi Intelligence President Bush told reporters at his cabinet meeting today that he will appoint a special panel to look into intelligence gathering leading up to the invasion of Iraq. From Capitol Hill, Darby Hickey reports. Pakistani Scientists Gives Other Nations the Bomb Pakistani intelligence officials found that one of their own nuclear scientists helped other nations develop the bomb. Masror Hussain reports from Islamabad. Protests in Haiti...
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Baghdad power outage ? Ahmed al Rawi Just hours after the broadcast of a tape widely believed by Iraqis to be the voice of Sadaam Hussein, Baghdad fell into darkness ? and electricity has yet ro be restored. Ahmed Al Rawi is in Baghdad. UN HIV/AIDS briefing ? Haider Risvy Senior UN officals are urging nations that contribute troops to UN peacekeeping missions to follow the UN guidelines to reduce the threat of HIV/AIDS. Haider Risvy reports from the UN. Padilla challenges US ? Simba Russeau...
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US Failing in Disarmament of Iraqis (3:50) The pressure is mounting in London for a full judicial inquiry into the use of intelligence information to justify the war against Iraq, this morning the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament also demanded answers, this on the heels of their case seeking legal review of the legality of war without a clear mandate from the Security Council. Meanwhile inside Iraq, US troops detained two Iraqis in the town of Fallujah, west of Baghdad, in what the military...
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Palestinian Security Heads to Northern Gaza Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is testing his leadership today as he sends in security forces to the northern Gaza Strip. Hamas and Islamic Jihad say they will continue to defy the occupation by the Israeli military. A spokesman from Hamas has said however that they will cease rocket and mortar launches while they are talking with representatives from the Palestinian Authority. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon agreed to give Abbas time to resolve...
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Gaza ceasfire holds; crossings not yet fully open and schools to run on shifts Obama announces new program for veterans as I.G. probe finds ongoing problem s Barring court action, nearly all Texas abortion clinics to close September 1 Despite tenuous peace deal, thousands still fleeing Central African Republic Irom Sharmila continues fast; rearrested days after her release Mumia Abu Jamal: Post Ferguson Gaza ceasfire holds; crossings not yet fully open and schools to run on shifts A ceasefire...
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Police shooting sparks a week of protests and vigils in Ferguson, MO Obama announces aid drops to end, airstrikes to continue in northern Iraq White House reverses policy on lobbyists Texas and California: Opposing legislative approaches to reproductive healthcare Another Freedom Flotilla will try to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza port Hundreds of thousands of displaced Gazans remain sheltered in UN-run schools UN calls Canada's immigration detention system endless, arbitrary and unfair...
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Saudi Arabia and Iran wage proxy war in Yemen Pushing back for privacy via legislation and the courts U.S. Supreme Court considers limits on toxic power plant emissions Thousands of farmworkers strike against work conditions in Mexico’s San Quintin Valley Student/Farmworker Alliance announces Wendy’s boycott Zapatista sympathizers chased from land slated for tourism megaproject Swaziland unemployment spikes after removal from U.S. free trade pact Download Audio   Saudi Arabia and Iran wage...
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Myanmar's military hands power to civilian NLD with Suu Kyi near the top Pakistan anti-terrorism sweep nets thousands after Easter attack, most released but hundreds still detained Sectarian tensions within migrant populations increase complexity of refugee resettlement FCC moves to decrease the digital divide  Nonprofit installs free solar panels for qualifying low-income residents New band brings live music to the Gaza Strip with updated traditional music Urban artists give New Delhi a...
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Obama calls for US to take at least 10,000 refugees as hundreds of thousands pour into the EU Nationalism and censorship in Turkey complicate regional conflict States prepare challenge to Clean Power Plan Jailhouse suicides on the rise; reform advocates call for training and oversight Hunger strike for Chicago public high school expands in its fourth week Ceasefire in Ukraine seems to hold; local residents still wary Independent experts say Mexico’s version of what happened to 43 missing...
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Gunmen storm luxury hotel in Malian capital France to remain under state of emergency for three months U.S. House passes veto-proof refugee restrictions as political battles heat up across the country Boko Haram carries out two suicide attacks in as many days in Nigeria Newly-approved $1.29 billion Saudi arms deal the latest in a decade-long buying spree Veterans of U.S. drone warfare go public with concerns about the program Afghan women fight to retain rights by not ceding public space in the...
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!-- Read entire transcript of the newscast -- What Price Freedom?; Sexual Assault in the US Armed Forces In this4th of July Independence Day Special, "What Price Freedom?" Free Speech Radio News reporter, Martha Baskin, takes us on a journey to the dark side of patriotism. In any war living with combat related trauma, comes with the territory. Less understood, is another kind of trauma, perpetrated by an enemy within - fellow American soldiers who commit sexual assault. Return to...
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GE Workers form National Strike A General Electric worker was struck by a police car and killed this morning as she walked a picket line outside her plant in suburban Louisville, Kentucky. The death came just hours into a national two-day strike by more than seventeen thousand GE employees, who are protesting escalating health care costs. John Hamilton has more. Longest US Lockout Ends in Ohio Steelworkers in Mansfield, Ohio began returning to work yesterday after a bitter 3 1/2 year lockout -...
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10 Killed, 50 Injured in Baghdad - Ahmed Irawi Arnold Schwartzenegger Announces CA Governor Bid - Mitch Jeserich IRS on Earned Income Tax Credit - Robert Flaxman NYPD and Activists - Jackson Allers Civil Rights Group Demands Investigation of Murder of Black Man Portland Seven Terrorism Case Update Yesterday in Oregon, Maher Hawash, one of the so-called ?Portland Seven," pled guilty to charges of trying to provide services to the Taliban. In exchange for his testimony against the other six...
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Final Push for Fast Track President Bush heads to the House of Representatives today to make an eleventh hour plea for votes to give him Fast Track trade authority. Bush wants the Right to negotiate trade treaties without congressional input, even when those trade deals threaten environmental, health and safety laws.If the proposal gets out of the House tonight, the Senate is expected to pass it easily next week.Environmentalists, human rights and labor groups complain that with Fast Track...
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NM County Grants Same Gendered Marriage Licenses 20 marriage licenses have been issued to same sex couples in Sandoval County, New Mexico, just north of Albuquerque, according to a county clerk. After asking for an opinion from the county?s attorney, County Court Clerk Victoria Dunlop said there is no legal reason to withhold them. State law in New Mexico defines marriage as a civil contract between parties without making mention of gender. Clerks in Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties cited a...
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British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced a strict package of measure to expel and keep out anyone who teaches violence or hatred in England.Blair said he will ignore human rights laws as the situation in Britain has changed. AUDIO CUT:Blair In his proposal, Blair says he will deport anyone with association to a violent group, he will extend the length of time to hold suspects with out charge longer than the current 14 day time limit, and he wants the power to close any place of worship that...
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Federal Court Over-Turns Louima Conviction (3:45) A federal court of appeals overturned the conviction of three police officers in the Abner Louima torture case today saying there was insufficient evidence they obstructed justice. Louima, a black Haitian immigrant, was tortured in a police station bathroom following his arrest outside a Brooklyn nightclub Aug. 9, 1997. Louima's attorney says he's calling on the federal government to reopen the prosecution. As Geoff Brady reports from New York,...
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Pakistani military offensive in North Waziristan sparks civilian exodus Israel positions more troops around Gaza as tensions grow Obama issues Executive Order to address influx of immigrant children Supreme Court rules in favor of Hobby Lobby in contraceptives case Indigenous march for water rights in Ecuador reaches Quito The legacy of Suharto permeates Indonesian elections   Pakistani military offensive in North Waziristan sparks civilian exodus Pakistan's military has launched a major...
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West Bank tension escalates as protesters call for Intifada; assaults on Gaza continue Eric Garner buried amid fresh calls for NYPD accountability New Haven homeless erect a second tent encampment on city property T aking to the skies to circumvent “Ag-Gag” laws 100 days on, more than 200 Nigerian school girls still missing after Boko Haram kidnapping Joko Widodo confirmed president-elect of Indonesia   West Bank tension escalates as protesters call for Intifada; assaults on Gaza continue...
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Police officer on private duty fatally shoots black teen in St. Louis ahead of Ferguson October Mass graves uncovered in Mexico during search for abducted students Volunteers help unaccompanied immigrant minors to adjust to life in New Haven U.S. District court hears challenge to force-feeding method at GITMO Lower Mekong dams continue to draw protest Low income mothers and children in London end occupation of empty public housing Police officer on private duty fatally shoots black teen in St....
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Liberal ballot initiatives pass across country even as conservative candidates prevail Republicans win majority in U.S. Congress Q&A: Is the fracking boom a bubble that’s about to pop? San Francisco becomes latest city to regulate Airbnb-type space sharing Azerbaijan cracks down on pro-democracy advocates and NGOs Indian Sikhs mark 30th anniversary of deadly riots with calls for justice Liberal ballot initiatives pass across country even as conservative candidates prevail Voters sent a...
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Michigan governor and EPA Administrator grilled in day two of congressional hearings on Flint water crisis U.S. Department of the Interior releases five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing Another COPINH activist murdered in Honduras; Dutch bank divests European, Turkish leaders continue to hash out controversial refugee plan Bill to explicitly legalize mass surveillance and data collection advances in British Parliament The ‘parent trigger’ sparks struggle between LA public schools...
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European states clamp down on transit points used by refugees Greece to hold elections Sunday amid multiple crises  Bill to reverse 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports advances in Congress California labor activists celebrate wage theft bill and minimum wage hike in Los Angeles County Brazilian police suspected of killing 19 people in Sao Paulo suburb, the fourth such massacre in a year Indian government cracks down on critical NGOs and their foreign funders Small town library stands up to...
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MSF awaits single sponsor from Geneva Convention signatory states to initiate UN inquiry Violence spirals in West Bank amid holy site tension and calls for third Intifada Scientists predict warming ocean temperatures will kill off thousands of miles of coral reefs Landmark European court ruling tears hole in Safe Harbor data sharing agreement with U.S. Trade negotiators announce agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership deal Public health services add ‘game changer’ HIV prevention pill Grad...
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Free Speech Radio News US showdown over International Criminal Copurt -- Sputnik Kilambi The Pentagon's latest surveillance program -- Renee Gorman New Jersey disolves post of Nobel Laureate -- Simba Rousseau Ex-Eli Lily exec named to head AIDS fund -- Pamela Barnett Israeli Troop Withdrawal Begins?(3:54) According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, today the Israeli Military withdrew tanks and armored personnel carriers from the streets of Bethlehem and handed over law enforcement duties to the...
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