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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni Analyze Spread of Jihadism, Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking

On a new episode of “On Contact,” the two writers discuss what is creating the billion-dollar trafficking industry and how the U.S. presence in the Middle East is facilitating the growth of “criminal” jihadism.

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Blagojevich Gets 14 Years in Prison

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich became Illinois’ fourth governor in recent history to be sentenced to prison when he received a term of 14 years Wednesday after being found guilty of 18 instances of felony corruption, including an attempt to profit off the sale of his congressional seat.

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE


The FBI’s Big Mob Bust

What do “Meatball,” “Marbles,” “Lumpy” and “Jello” have in common? They’re all nicknames for alleged members of the Mafia who were busted by the FBI in a mass crackdown this week that led to the arrest of more than 120 purported Mob operatives.

Posted on Jan 21, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Kenyan Police Gun Down 21

Police killed 21 members of the banned Mungiki sect in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday in retaliation for alleged attacks by the outlaw group in recent weeks.  The Kenyan government recently instituted a shoot-to-kill policy for the sect, according to the BBC.

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Landrieu Threatens White House to Get Levee Funding

The Louisiana senator says she will hold Bush’s executive-branch nominees hostage until he agrees to more funding for the Katrina-ravaged state.
(This was the woman whom Anderson Cooper famously chewed out, saying she was out of touch in the wake of the hurricane. Guess she toughened up since then.)

Posted on Apr 5, 2006 READ MORE


Court Sides With Abortion Protesters

The Supreme Court ruling had nothing to do with the underlying issue of abortion. Rather, the court ruled that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used to ban demonstrations. (Alito, by the way, sat this one out.)

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


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