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When Only the Thin Felt Walls of a Yurt Separate a Kyrgyz Lawmaker from a Kyrgyz ‘Thief-in-Law’

Criminals, parliamentarians - what is the difference? According to a recent discussion on a popular news platform in Kyrgyzstan, not very much.

Israeli navy shoots 70-year-old Palestinian fisherman on beach

Gaza Israeli forces shoot, injure Gaza fisherman [on shore!] GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 18 Sept — Israeli naval forces opened fire off the coast of northern Gaza late Wednesday, injuring a Palestinian fisherman on a beach, locals said. Yousef Zayif, 70, was hit by live fire while waiting for his sons on the shore near al-Sudaniya.

House Bans War Powers Resolution Actions

The U.S. House of Representatives has not just left town, but prior to leaving passed a rule preventing any member from using the War Powers Resolution to force Congress to return and vote on war. Here’s a video of Congressman Jim McGovern denouncing the rule (or read the transcript here): [attempted to put video here] [...]

Ice Bucket Challenge, Meet Ukraine's ‘Blood Bucket’ Challenge

A group of European youths are raising awareness of the conflict in Ukraine with a gory twist on the infamous Ice Bucket Challenge. The buckets are filled with metaphorical blood.

The Spirit of Philippine Martial Law

I write this with a serious understanding and thus acceptance that Filipinos don't grasp the power of these two words: Never. Again. I have also learned to accept that many Filipinos confuse (Catholic) Forgiveness with these wrought sisters, Denial and Powerlessness. Show More Summary

After US Ambassador to Ukraine's Twitter Gaffe, RT Says ‘World Won't Be Duped Again’

America’s social media outreach on the Ukraine crisis has always been flawed, if only because Uncle Sam is up against an adversary that frequently camouflages online propaganda as “grassroots” activism.

On September 18, the Silent Majority in Scotland Should Say No With Pride

Image courtesy of Stopherjones Most of us have to say no quite a lot in our lives. To people who knock at the door selling religion, or nice looking new guttering to improve the look of your roofline. To your children when they wantShow More Summary

Scotland Should Vote Yes for Independence, Yes for the Future of the Scottish People

The proud words of Scotland's unofficial national anthem, "O Flower of Scotland" are a lot like the American anthem -- if we'd lost the Revolutionary War to the British. On Thursday, the Scots have a chance to send proud Elizabeth's army homeward, tae think again. Show More Summary

Two Pakistani Politicians Got Kicked Off a Plane By Furious Passengers

Passengers mutiny after suspecting flight had been delayed to accommodate a tardy MP and former minister

Presenting the 2014 Rising Voices Amazonia Grantees

Rising Voices welcomes seven new grantees from the latest microgrant competition for citizen media outreach projects in Amazonian communities.

Ukrainian Daredevil “Mustang Wanted” Now Officially Wanted in Russia

Mustang Wanted has had quite a week, infuriating the Russian authorities, inspiring Ukrainians, and earning some unexpected money for his cause against Moscow's intervention in Eastern Ukraine.

No to the Criminals of History and Yes to the Children to Come

Mutual Assured Destruction in the Age of Climate Change Cross-posted from It was June 12, 1982. My daughter was still in her stroller, my son as yet unborn, when my wife and I, six friends, and another child in a stroller joined an estimated million people in New York City at the largest antinuclear protest in history. Show More Summary

After war, children in Gaza return to school

The AP reports: Some half million Gaza children made a delayed return to school on Sunday after a devastating 50-day war with Israel that killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and damaged hundreds of school buildings

Moe Diab debates SWU operative Philippe Assouline

One American News network's On Point show with Tomi Lahren is determined to educate Americans about the Israel/Palestine conflict from a fresh perspective. A fiery debate between Moe Diab and Philippe Assouline showed the smashmouth tactics of the pro-Israel side with Assouline's misrepresentations

A Group of University Students in Kyoto Want Japan, China and Korea to Just Be ‘Happy’

Relations between the three countries are often prickly because of territorial and historical disputes. A group of students made a 'Happy' video to promote a message of friendship.

One of the Latest ‘Happy’ Tribute Videos Comes From Sikkim, High in India's Himalayas

The song “Happy”, written, produced, and performed by American singer and producer Pharrell Williams, became a viral phenomenon earlier this year as countless tribute videos filmed around the world were uploaded online. Better late than never, Sushmita Pakhrin of Lens Craft Production has made a version for Sikkim, a landlocked northeast...

From Diagnoses to Dignity -- Barriers to Health Care for Transgender People

BANGKOK (IRIN) - Dorian Wilde, 26, an activist from Malaysia, was thrilled to be invited to the 2014 World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH) symposium in Bangkok, but his journey to Thailand was fraught. His experience is not unique - to him, to Malaysia, or to air travel. Show More Summary

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