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That Makes No Sense!

When my daughter was little and I read to her regularly, one illustrated book was a favorite of ours. In a series of scenes, a frustrated young girl booms out: “that makes me mad!” For our present national security moment, however, I might amend the book’s punch line slightly.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Breast-Feeding Proposal Under Attack by Tea Party

In an effort to combat skyrocketing obesity rates and increase the general health of children in the U.S., Michelle Obama launched a campaign to encourage breast-feeding among American mothers. Who has a problem with that? Tea party hostesses Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE


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CIA Launches W.T.F.

What will those clever minds at the CIA think of next? The agency has assembled a task force to gauge the effects of WikiLeaks’ recent intelligence exposés on its operations, dubbed the WikiLeaks Task Force—or W.T.F. for short.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE



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For Sale: Weapons-Grade Uranium

Are you in the market for some highly enriched uranium? If so, then look no further than the exquisite black markets of Georgia, where evidence in a secret trial has shed light on smuggled uranium that is allegedly for sale in the former Soviet satellite state.

Posted on Nov 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

2 Israeli Soldiers Found Guilty

Two Israeli soldiers were convicted in a military court of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during their army’s siege of the Gaza Strip in 2009. The soldiers, who forced the 9-year-old boy to check for suspected booby traps, are now awaiting sentencing.

Posted on Oct 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Ruling Targets Egyptian-Israeli Marriages

The Egyptian high court has upheld a ruling that allows the state to strip citizenship status from Egyptian men who wed Israeli women if the government believes the marriage poses a threat to the country’s national security.

Posted on Jun 6, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Rogério do Amaral Ribeiro

The ‘Right’ Kind of Justice

Baltasar Garzon, the Spanish judge made famous for probing into abuses committed under dictator Gen. Francisco Franco and for going after notorious international figures like Osama bin Laden and Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, has been suspended in preparation for a trial in which he is accused of overstepping his authority. The court case comes after a wave of complaints from far-right groups.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


In Arizona, Accent on the Ridiculous

As if Arizona isn’t already up to its ears in anti-immigrant controversy, the state is now removing teachers who are believed to have too heavy an accent from classes for students still learning English.

Posted on Apr 30, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / Studio d'Xavier

Capsize and Trade

Cap and trade was all the rage back in 2009, with the market-driven system of curbing emissions seen as a dominant force in addressing global warming problems. Now the concept has seemingly fallen out of favor.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Bjorn Sigurdson

Peace Through War

President Barack Obama struggled to balance “man of peace” with “man of war” in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, in which he demanded we uphold moral standards in “necessary” war and insisted that war could bring peace.

Posted on Dec 10, 2009 READ MORE


Pirate Bay
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Pirate Bay Founders Get Jail Time

While not to be confused with piracy on the high seas, a Swedish court has ordered that the four founders of The Pirate Bay, the most renowned file-sharing Web site on the Internet, should be jailed for one year after being found guilty of breaking copyright law. All this for a site that provides user-submitted links to media, not storage of the media itself.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009 READ MORE


John McCain, WTF?

Who Pays $273,000 for Household Help?

John McCain does. This hilarious YouTube clip, from a documentary filmmaker, gets at the heart of the disparity between the realities of working folk and the politicians who claim they are “friends” with the American people.(Alert: salty language.)

Posted on Oct 10, 2008 READ MORE


Haitian Children At Well
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U.S. Withholds Loans in Water-Starved Haiti

The U.S. is under heavy criticism by human rights groups for withholding funds for clean water projects in Haiti as leverage for U.S.-led political reform in the country. A total of $54 million in loans to Haitians—70 percent of whom already lack daily access to potable water—is being delayed.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008 READ MORE


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