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Gambians Vote With Marbles

Check out the Gambian voting system. It’s enviably simple: “Voters enter a booth and pop a clear glass marble into one of three drums representing the candidates.” The marble hits a bell on its way down, preventing people from voting more than once. No hanging chads, no hacking, just a satisfying plunk when your vote goes in.  Are we advocating marbles? No, but a paper trail would be good.

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


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A Warm Welcome Back for Nasrallah

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Beirut to celebrate what Hezbollah has called a “divine victory” over Israel. It was Sheik Hassan Nasrallah’s first public appearance since July.

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International Peace Day

Did you know that Sept. 21 is International Peace Day as designated by the U.N.? Well, it is.
BBC bloggers on Peace Day, current conflicts, conflict map, peaceYour comments here.

Posted on Sep 21, 2006 READ MORE


Iraq Torture Worse Now Than During Hussein’s Rule

The U.N.‘s chief anti-torture expert, Manfred Nowak, says: “The situation is so bad many people say it is worse than it has been in the times of Saddam Hussein.”  Sectarian violence has filled the Baghdad morgue with bodies bearing evidence of brutal torture. More

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Clinton Attacks Torture Agenda

In an interview with NPR’s “Morning Edition,” former President Bill Clinton vigorously argued against Bush’s torture plans, citing both moral and practical reasons: “We have a system of laws here where nobody should be above the law, and you don’t need blanket advanced approval for blanket torture.”

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California Sues Auto Industry

California Attorney General Bill Lockyer went after the six biggest U.S. and Japanese automakers on Wednesday, filing a lawsuit that cites greenhouse gas emissions as a public nuisance.  Lockyer blamed the carmakers for millions of dollars worth of damage, and said he was out to get the taxpayers’ money back.

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Woman Deported Over Secret Nazi Past

Elfriede Rinkel, 84, was deported on Sept. 1 after U.S. officials discovered her past as a guard at a Nazi concentration camp.  For almost five decades no one knew her secret, including the Jewish man she married.

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Zimbabwe Goes Offline

Web surfers in Zimbabwe got a rude surprise today when an international satellite firm basically shut down the country’s Internet access after the government failed to pay a $700,000 bill. More. (Via boingboing.net)

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At U.N., Chavez Calls Bush ‘The Devil’

Maybe it’s time for you vacationers to cancel those travel plans to Venezuela…
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GOP Governors Campaign on Progressive Issues

Not surprisingly, Republican governors have been veering to the left in a bid to capture votes.  From California to Maryland, issues like the minimum wage, the environment and healthcare have gotten a boost in recent months.

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