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Only 1/2 of 1% of “Patriot” Act Secret Warrants Used against Terrorism

By Mark Jaycox via Electronic Frontier Foundation The Patriot Act continues to wreak its havoc on civil liberties. Section 213 was included in the Patriot Act over the protests of privacy advocates…

Burkina Faso Burning

Protests in the capital, Ouagadougou, are spinning out of control.

Lebanon Cabinet declares Tripoli a disaster area allocates

The Lebanese cabinet met today at the Grand Serail and at the snd of the session it declared Tripoli’s Bab al-Tabbaneh neighborhood a “disaster area” and allocated 30 billion Lebanese pounds ( $20 million) in compensation and reconstruction projects. Show More Summary

Ebola-Free N. Korea Freaks Out Over Ebola

"For the record: There have been no cases of Ebola in North Korea," writes Eric Talmadge, AP 's bureau chief in Pyongyang, in a look at the latest threat that has North Korea all aflutter. Namely, Ebola. Though the nearest confirmed case is 6,000 miles away—and the North's...

Burkina Faso declares state of emergency

President scraps plans for vote to extend term in office as tens of thousands take to streets and parliament set ablaze.

Human Rights Activist Iyad El-Baghdadi Speaks Out on His Deportation from UAE

Iyad El-Baghdadi, who played a key role in social media activism around the Arab uprisings, was deported from the UAE April. Until last week, little was known of his fate.

Cuba, Praised for Increased Vigilance against Terrorist Finance, Remains on US Terror List

Last Friday, The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) congratulated Cuba - along with Argentina, Ethiopia, Tajikistan and Turkey - for taking such strong actions to police its financial system that it will no longer be subject to the monitoring...Show More Summary

Sinai security: Bulldozing ahead?

Egypt accused of breaching human rights as it destroys hundreds of homes along border with Gaza to create buffer zone.

Palestinian leaders slam Al-Aqsa Mosque shutdown as ‘declaration of war ‘

The Palestinian leadership has slammed the Israeli shutdown of the Al-Aqsa mosque in the aftermath of the shooting of a Palestinian suspected would-be assassin as a ‘declaration of war.’ Israeli police on Thursday killed a 32-year-old...Show More Summary

Israel Recalls Ambassador to Sweden

(JERUSALEM) — Israel has recalled its ambassador to Sweden to protest Stockholm’s recognition of a Palestinian state. Foreign Ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson said Thursday the ambassador was being recalled for consultations, but declined to say how long he would remain in Israel. Hirschson said the move was made “because of the recognition of the Palestinian…

Does Investor State Dispute Settlement Promote Limited Government?

Recently, as part of the debate over investor state dispute settlement (ISDS), I've been called out, with my limited government credentials put under scrutiny. My position is that a state to state dispute settlement system, like that used in the WTO, is preferable to ISDS. Show More Summary

Chechen Dissident: “I Survived Abduction by Vladimir Putin’s Agents”

The story of one man who says he was tortured for challenging Russia's president

11 Arrested After 'Corpse Bride' Is Dug Up

It sounds like a Tim Burton film, but the reality is much creepier: Chinese police have arrested 11 people in the country's east who are accused of playing a role in a "ghost marriage." In the ancient custom, a man who dies single is laid to rest with a dead...

SodaStream says it plans to leave West Bank for the Negev, but boycotters promise to not let up

SodaStream stock is still in free fall and the company announced yesterday that it is dumping its apartheid digs in Occupied Palestine. SodaStream says it plans to move to the Idan HaNegev Industrial Park /Lehavim Industrial zone, 1,100-acre...Show More Summary

US nurse defies Ebola quarantine by cycling

Woman who returned to Maine after treating patients in Sierra Leone says 21-day quarantine is "scientifically unsound".

‘Chickenshit’ attack enrages Netanyahu, but will it stir voters against Obama?

Netanyahu denounced the anonymous "attack" on him as being "chickenshit," and said US and Israel have a "moral covenant." Is he reaching out to American Jewish voters to defy Obama next week?

This Is How Thoroughly Rotten and Corrupt Hong Kong's Current Government Is

When I read Hong Kong leader C.Y. Leung's statements to the foreign media, I think, "He really needs to sack his PR guy." Whether he believes what he is saying or not, we know that he is mouthing the party line because to control Hong...Show More Summary

Russia Demands Guarantees Before Resupplying Gas to Ukraine

Russia wants the European Union to guarantee that it will pay Ukraine's gas bills before resuming supplies.

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