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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Signs of Cover-Up Found After Killings in Haiti Prison

Signs of Cover-Up Found After Killings in Haiti Prison: "When the Haitian police stormed a prison to quell a riot after the earthquake, they fatally shot at least 12 detainees, a New York Times investigation found."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Thai Leaders Seek to Limit Economic Damage

Thai Leaders Seek to Limit Economic Damage: "Business leaders will be watching for further political developments as Thailand cleans up in the aftermath of the unrest."


(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Ethiopia Is Accused of Political Repression

Ethiopia Is Accused of Political Repression: "Diplomats, human rights groups and witnesses say the government is stifling dissent ahead of national elections."


(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Video: Civil rights, wrongs: Storm over Paul’s remarks

Video: Civil rights, wrongs: Storm over Paul’s remarks: "

May 20: Where exactly does Rand Paul stand on the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Errol Lewis of the New York Daily News and David Weigel of the Washington Post join msnbc’s Chris Matthews to discuss.  (Hardball)Where exactly does Rand Paul stand on the 1964 Civil Rights Act? Errol Lewis of the New York Daily News and David Weigel of the Washington Post join msnbc’s Chris Matthews to discuss. (Hardball)

(Via msnbc.com: Decision '08.)

Ron Paul defends his son

Ron Paul defends his son: "He says the controversy over Rand Paul's civil rights beliefs were 'overkill' and 'unfair.

(Via POLITICO Top Stories.)

Tea Party Pick Causes Uproar on Civil Rights

Tea Party Pick Causes Uproar on Civil Rights: "Rand Paul, the Republican nominee for the Senate in Kentucky, suggested that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was too broad."


(Via NYT > Home Page.)

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First the Arizona immigration law and the governor's order banning ethnic studies and now Rand Paul. Some folks cannot stand modern America, They want to live in the past.

John H. Armwood

'Order restored' in Thai capital

'Order restored' in Thai capital: "Thailand's government says Bangkok is largely under control, a day after deadly violence and numerous fires."


(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Gulf oil spill may be 19 times bigger than originally thought | McClatchy

Gulf oil spill may be 19 times bigger than originally thought | McClatchy: " * Posted on Wednesday, May 19, 2010
By Renee Schoof and Lauren French | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — The latest glimpse of video footage of the oil spill deep under the Gulf of Mexico indicates that around 95,000 barrels, or 4 million gallons, a day of crude oil may be spewing from the leaking wellhead, 19 times the previous estimate, an engineering professor told Congress Wednesday.

Thai Troops Move Against Protest Holdouts : NPR

Thai Troops Move Against Protest Holdouts : NPR: "The Thai government declared Thursday it had mostly quelled ten weeks of violent protests in the capital while buildings smoldered, troops rooted out small pockets of resistance and residents attempted a return to normal life.

But a nighttime curfew was extended in Bangkok and 23 other provinces for three more days, and earlier troops and die-hard protesters exchanged sporadic fire in parts of the city.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Specter Loses Pennsylvania Senate Seat - NYTimes.com

Specter Loses Pennsylvania Senate Seat - NYTimes.com

Jefferson County geometry teacher uses wrong example to teach angles --- assassination of President Barack Obama | al.com

Jefferson County geometry teacher uses wrong example to teach angles --- assassination of President Barack Obama | al.com

Ga. congressman seeks to head off guns at Hartsfield-Jackson

Ga. congressman seeks to head off guns at Hartsfield-Jackson: "Rep. Hank Johnson is seeking to invalidate legislation just passed in Georgia that lets passengers bring guns into Hartsfield-Jackson."


(Via Top News.)

Obama supports S Korean gov't on probe into ship sinking - People's Daily Online

Obama supports S Korean gov't on probe into ship sinking - People's Daily Online

A $95,000 question: why are whites five times richer than blacks in the US? | World news | The Guardian

A $95,000 question: why are whites five times richer than blacks in the US? | World news | The Guardian: "A huge wealth gap has opened up between black and white people in the US over the past quarter of a century – a difference sufficient to put two children through university – because of racial discrimination and economic policies that favour the affluent.

Gay Couple Convicted In Malawi Faces 14-Year Term

Gay Couple Convicted In Malawi Faces 14-Year Term: "

Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, and Steven Monjeza, 26, were arrested the day after they celebrated their engagement with a party at the hotel where Chimbalanga worked. Activists fear their conviction for 'unnatural acts and gross indecency' could send others into hiding and hamper the fight against AIDS.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

U.S. Says Major Powers Reach Deal On Iran Sanctions

U.S. Says Major Powers Reach Deal On Iran Sanctions: "

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council along with Germany would present the full council with a draft resolution later Tuesday, capping months of diplomatic maneuvering and painstaking negotiations

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

Monday, May 17, 2010

It’s Open Season on Journalists Near Moscow

It’s Open Season on Journalists Near Moscow: "Journalists, human rights activists and opposition leaders are being battered in a wave of unsolved attacks, an unnerving deterrent to those who question authority."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Court: No Need To Free 'Sexually Dangerous' Inmates

Court: No Need To Free 'Sexually Dangerous' Inmates: "
Overturning a lower court ruling, the Supreme Court voted 7-2 that such inmates can be kept in prison indefinitely -- even after finishing their original sentences.


(Via NPR Topics: News.)
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This opinion by the Supreme Court sets a dangerous precedent. I understand the concern regarding the chance of further attacks but how is it constitutional to hold someone after their sentence has been completed? This is a little scary.

John H. Armwood

Decatur Woman Tasered By Police Officer Dies

Decatur Woman Tasered By Police Officer Dies: "DeKalb County police say a woman who was subdued with the help of a Taser has died."



(Via CBSAtlanta.com - News.)

Gay Asian men 'denied HIV care'

Gay Asian men 'denied HIV care': "Most gay men in the Asia-Pacific region lose access to HIV/Aids help because of discriminatory laws, a report says."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Israel Roiled After Chomsky Barred From West Bank

Israel Roiled After Chomsky Barred From West Bank: "Noam Chomsky, the linguist and icon of the American left, had been barred from entering the occupied West Bank on Sunday."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Justices Bar Life Terms for Youths Who Haven’t Killed

Justices Bar Life Terms for Youths Who Haven’t Killed: "The Supreme Court ruled, 5-4, that teenagers may not be locked up for life with no chance of parole if they haven’t killed anyone."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Rogue Thai protest general dies

Rogue Thai protest general dies: "A renegade Thai general who was shot on Thursday as he backed protesters in Bangkok has died, hospital officials say."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Thai Government Rejects Talks, Pushes Crackdown : NPR

Thai Government Rejects Talks, Pushes Crackdown : NPR: ""

Anti-government unrest boiling over in downtown Bangkok spread to other areas of the capital and Thailand on Sunday as the military defended its use of force in a crackdown that has left at least 30 civilians dead in four days. Thai leaders flatly rejected protesters' demands that the United Nations intercede to end the chaos.

South Korean fire drives off North's boats - The Standard

South Korean fire drives off North's boats - The Standard: ""

South Korea's navy fired warning shots to drive away North Korean patrol boats from their disputed sea border.

Shots were fired when two boats violated the Northern Limit Line border and strayed into South Korean waters, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff office in Seoul.

The North Korean boats retreated without responding.

New face on an old debate  | ajc.com

New face on an old debate  | ajc.com:

The recent arrest of Jessica Colotl is more than just the story of one young woman who ran afoul of police and is paying for it.

The 21-year-old Kennesaw State University student, an illegal immigrant, has become a reluctant participant in a national debate that shows no sign of abating. Cobb County — Georgia, too — finds itself on a national stage where the immigration saga plays out in headlines and arrests.

canadaeast.com - Former Taiwan official says Taiwan set up secret backdoor channels to improve ties with China | The Associated Press - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada

Canadaeast.com - Former Taiwan official says Taiwan set up secret backdoor channels to improve ties with China | The Associated Press - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada: "

Fighting in Bangkok Leaves 30 Dead

Fighting in Bangkok Leaves 30 Dead: "30 people have been killed in street fighting as Thai officials say a crackdown on protesters will continue."

(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Vietnamese Shrimpers May Lose Way Of Life Again

Vietnamese Shrimpers May Lose Way Of Life Again: "

Vietnamese fisherman flocked to the Biloxi, Miss., because it was a lot like home. But the shrimpers here, as in other places in Gulf, are worried their way of life will come to an abrupt end because of the huge oil spill. Many were hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and are dismayed to find their livelihoods threatened once again.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

In Bangkok, Gunfire Outside a Reporter's Window

In Bangkok, Gunfire Outside a Reporter's Window: "In this city of twinkling lights and linen napkins, grenades fly and a general is shot at a reporter’s feet. In a wealthy land, politics is still playing catch up."

(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Thailand protesters defy PM vow

Thailand protesters defy PM vow: "Thai protesters stand their ground in Bangkok, defying a vow from the PM to use the army to end their stand-off."

(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)