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Grand Jury Rejects Katrina ‘Mercy Killing’ Charges

In a case of life imitating art and vice versa, a New Orleans grand jury refused Tuesday to indict a doctor for the alleged mercy killing of four critically ill patients during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Anna Pou maintained her innocence throughout the affair, which was recently fictionalized by the left-leaning drama “Boston Legal.”

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Extreme Weather Ravages Europe

Extreme weather is rolling across Europe, bringing suffering and death. While the north has had to cope with heavy rainfall and flooding, an estimated 500 people were killed in Hungary alone last week by a heat wave that has spread across the southeast.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Taliban Officer Reported Dead in Pakistan

Pakistani police have reported the apparent suicide of Abdullah Mehsud, a key Taliban commander who did 25 months at Guantanamo Bay.  Mehsud was in hiding in the southwestern Balochistan region of the country and blew himself up during a raid by Pakistani soldiers, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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Gonzales Among Defendants in Iraq Vets’ PTSD Suit

With the problem of post-traumatic stress disorder on the rise among American veterans returning from battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, two veterans’ groups have filed a class-action lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (pictured) and other defendants, citing systemwide failures in dealing with the PTSD crisis on the governmental level.

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Bush Approval Rating Plummets to 25%

As more members of Congress from both sides of the aisle register their dissatisfaction with President Bush’s leadership, their sentiments appear to be shared by the public—as evidenced by the results of a new survey by the American Research Group, which found that 71 percent of Americans “disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling his job as president.”

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


Halliburton Profits Spike on Spinoff of Subsidiary

Thanks in part to executives’ decision to unload the trouble-prone offshoot KBR in April, multinational corporation (and Dick Cheney’s former employer) Halliburton more than doubled its profits during the three-month period ending June 30, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


Bad News About Global AIDS Rate

Even though the sense of urgency about HIV/AIDS appears to have dropped off in mainstream media and culture in recent years, the latest news about infection rates is far from favorable.  President Bush’s adviser on HIV/AIDS, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for one, reports that we’re “losing ... the numbers game” with respect to new infections around the globe.

Posted on Jul 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Romney: Hillary’s ‘in With Karl Marx’

Sizing up Hillary Clinton’s economic outlook on a campaign stop Sunday, rival presidential candidate Mitt Romney took aim at Clinton’s approach, accusing her of harboring ideas more in line with “Communist Manifesto” author Karl Marx’s theories than those of capitalist champion Adam Smith.

Posted on Jul 22, 2007 READ MORE


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Israeli Textbook Gives Arab View of the State’s Birth

A top Israeli education official has authorized a textbook for exclusive use in Arab Israeli schools that tells a different side of the story of Israel’s creation in 1948.  For starters, the text acknowledges that Palestinians dubbed the historical event “al nakba” (the catastrophe).

Posted on Jul 22, 2007 READ MORE


A Female President for India

Pratibha Patil defeated incumbent Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in a governmental election for the presidency, making her the first female president of India.  Her election to the post is in keeping with an Indian tradition of using the presidency to give a “high-profile voice to disadvantaged communities,” according to the Associated Press.

Posted on Jul 21, 2007 READ MORE


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