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Violence Breaks Out in Burma

After a long and tense buildup over recent weeks, the standoff between Buddhist monks and security forces in Burma became violent on Wednesday, with differing reports bringing news of gunfire, deaths and mass arrests in the city of Yangon.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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Arnold at the UN
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Schwarzenegger and Gore Team Up at U.N.

Celebrity Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and environmental superstar Al Gore stole the show at Monday’s U.N. climate crisis speechathon, offsetting President Bush’s notable absence. Schwarzenegger rallied the crowd with his unique Hollywood-infused rhetorical flair: “One responsibility we all have is action. Action, action, action.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Child Insurance Gains, but a Veto Won’t Be Overridden

The House has passed an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program but failed to win enough votes to override President Bush’s promised veto. Still, SCHIP has overwhelming public support, and Democrats welcomed the opportunity to force Bush and his congressional allies to take a stand against poor children.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


marching monks
news.bbc.co.uk

Bush to Tighten Sanctions on Burma

President Bush has weighed in on the massive protests in Burma (Myanmar), saying he will boost sanctions against the country’s abusive military government. Meanwhile, thousands of Buddhist monks have defied government warnings and continue to demonstrate.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Shooting wreckage
nytimes.com

Iraq Moves to End Mercenary Immunity

Legislation that will be submitted to the Iraqi parliament would end immunity for private security contractors and make them subject to Iraqi law. The former Coalition Provisional Authority’s Order 17 currently keeps contractors in a legal bubble, making prosecution next to impossible.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Giuliani
getreligion.org

Giuliani Has Fun With Numbers

Lest anyone forget that Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was the mayor of New York on Sept. 11, 2001 (it’s true, we looked it up), a buddy of his is throwing a fundraiser that will charge—wait for it—$9.11 per person.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Starbucks in the Forbidden City
news.bbc.co.uk

Forbidden Starbucks

The Starbucks empire is often lampooned for its many, many stores, but the coffee giant has lost one of its most prominent locations. Responding to the demands of more than half a million citizens, the Chinese government closed down the Starbucks in the Forbidden City, the ancient imperial palace complex in the heart of Beijing.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Hamas rally
foreignpolicy.com

Israel Rejects Peace Petition

The Israeli government has dismissed a petition calling for a cease-fire with Hamas. The document, which was written by some of Israel’s leading writers and intellectuals, notes that “Israel has in the past negotiated with its worst enemies.”

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Saddam statue
AP photo / Jerome Delay

‘You Left Us With 50 Saddams’

As the U.S. government is learning much too late, democracy is not a one-size-fits-all application that can be lifted from one culture and grafted onto another.  Here, UK reporter Ian Black from the Guardian Unlimited takes a look at what’s really going on politically and culturally in Iraq according to a prominent historian and his Iraqi contacts.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadenijad
AP Photo / Stephen Chernin

Ahmadenijad on Iranian Gays, Jews, Nuclear Program

Addressing harsh criticism from Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, as well as allegations about the treatment of homosexuals in Iran, the status of the Iranian Jewish population, his take on Israel and his country’s nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadenijad raised as many questions as he answered during his controversial appearance at Columbia University on Monday.

Posted on Sep 24, 2007 READ MORE


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