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South Sudan leaders reach
cease-fire; US welcomes move
after revenge killings spiraled

Associated Press, by Staff

Original Article

Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/9/2014 10:25:11 PM

Washington - South Sudan´s president has reached a cease-fire agreement with a rebel leader, an African regional bloc said Friday, after a vicious cycle of revenge killings drew international alarm. The deal means "an immediate cessation of hostilities within 24 hours of the signing" and "unhindered humanitarian access" to all people affected by the months-long conflict, said a statement by the political bloc known as IGAD, which is mediating the conflict. Ethnically targeted violence in the world´s youngest country broke out in December, killing thousands of people and forcing more than 1.3 million to flee their homes. The U.N. Security Council has

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Just in time to reorder our troops and support gear to Nigeria after Boko Haram.

      


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South Sudan leaders reach
cease-fire; US welcomes move
after revenge killings spiraled
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 10:25:11 PM     Post Reply
Washington - South Sudan´s president has reached a cease-fire agreement with a rebel leader, an African regional bloc said Friday, after a vicious cycle of revenge killings drew international alarm. The deal means "an immediate cessation of hostilities within 24 hours of the signing" and "unhindered humanitarian access" to all people affected by the months-long conflict, said a statement by the political bloc known as IGAD, which is mediating the conflict. Ethnically targeted violence in the world´s youngest country broke out in December, killing thousands of people and forcing more than 1.3 million to flee their homes. The U.N. Security Council has

   

 

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Paul Diverges From
His Party Over Voter ID
New York Times, by Jeremy W. Peters    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 10:10:55 PM     Post Reply
Memphis - Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky broke Friday with fellow Republicans who have pushed for stricter voting laws as a way to crack down on fraud at the polls, saying that the focus on such measures alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party. “Everybody’s gone completely crazy on this voter ID thing,” Mr. Paul said in an interview. “I think it’s wrong for Republicans to go too crazy on this issue because it’s offending people.” (Snip) Speaking here in a mostly black and Democratic city with its own painful history of racism, Mr. Paul said that much of the debate over voting rights had been swept up in the

Venezuela Arrests And Hides Leading
Human Rights Activist And
Social Media Organizer
Buzzfeed, by Rosie Gray    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 9:59:59 PM     Post Reply
Washington - The family of a Venezuelan human rights activist who was arrested this week has been left almost entirely in the dark about his situation and whether he has been charged with any crime. Rodrigo Diamanti, the head of the Venezuelan human rights organization Un Mundo Sin Mordaza (“A World Without Censorship”), was detained at the Caracas airport on Wednesday and taken away, his sister Claudia told BuzzFeed on Friday. The family believes that Diamanti is being held in the Helicoide, a facility run by SEBIN, the Venezuelan intelligence service. Neither the family nor lawyers has been able to see him.

Why Hillary Clinton’s State Dept.
didn’t list Boko Haram as
a terrorist group
Christian Science Monitor, by Howard LaFranchi    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 9:43:04 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Criticism is building like a summer thunderstorm that Hillary Clinton dropped the ball on addressing a growing terrorist threat in Africa during her time as secretary of state. But this is not another Benghazi story focused on what critics say was Mrs. Clinton’s fatal failure to take Libya’s Ansar-al-Sharia seriously enough. (Snip) The US lists Boko Haram as a foreign terrorist organization. But that designation occurred only last year, under John Kerry’s State Department. An earlier proposal by a congressional committee that the group be placed on the US terror list was studied but ultimately denied in 2012 by Mrs. Clinton’s State

Edward Snowden: the unacknowledged
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Los Angeles Times, by Michael McGough    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 9:25:08 PM     Post Reply
It’s called the USA Freedom Act, but a more fitting name might be Edward’s Law — as in Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor charged with violating the Espionage Act. I’m referring to a bill cleared by the House Intelligence Committee that would end the NSA’s bulk collection of telephone metadata: information about the source, destination and duration of calls. The bill, identical to a measure approved by the Judiciary Committee, addresses what was probably Snowden’s most sensational revelation: that the government was indiscriminately collecting the phone records of vast numbers of Americans

Richard Parsons discusses his
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Los Angeles Times, by Broderick Turner    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 9:11:17 PM     Post Reply
The NBA announced Friday that Richard Parsons has been appointed interim CEO of the Clippers. Parsons, formerly a chairman with Citigroup and Time Warner, will represent the Clippers as the franchise goes through the process of finding a new owner, on the heels of Commissioner Adam Silver´s decision to impose a lifetime ban on team owner Donald Sterling. Parsons talked to the Los Angeles Times´ Clippers reporter Brad Turner not long after the announcement and discussed his thoughts on his new job. His role: “I am going to be the interim CEO of the team. In terms of the management

   

 

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RNC Officially Backs Banning
Abortion After 20 Weeks
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Caroline May    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 8:58:40 PM     Post Reply
Continuing the bold pro-life direction of the party committee under chairman Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution Friday supporting legislation to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The RNC resolution comes ahead of Tuesday’s one year anniversary of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell’s murder conviction — which pro-life activists say prompted a series of 20-week abortion bans at the state level. “The Republican Party is proudly pro-life and this resolution shows our support for this straightforward, simple pro-life initiative,” resolution sponsor RNC Committeewoman Ellen Barrosse of Delaware said

Bob Dylan makes
New York art gallery debut
Agence France-Presse, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 2:26:53 PM     Post Reply
New York - Legendary musician Bob Dylan has made his New York art gallery debut with an exhibition of 40 drawings, limited editions and paintings on sale for $2,500 to $400,000 each. The artwork comes from the "Drawn Blank Series" of sketches done by Dylan between 1989 and 1992, for example of a railroad track, a woman´s back, a still life. Black and white versions of the sketches were first published in the book "Drawn Blank" in 1994, which won critical acclaim. The collection of prints, watercolors and acrylic paintings were shown in Germany in 2007, but the New York exhibition will be the first time the drawings are exhibited in the

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner warns: Don’t
cross the ‘Clinton Industrial Complex’
Washington Times, by Jessica Chasmar    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/9/2014 2:11:05 PM     Post Reply
MSNBC host Alex Wagner said Thursday morning that Democrats are feeling pressure to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton out of fear of being blacklisted by the “Clinton Industrial Complex.” “Well, this is like — the myth making and also the fearmongering around the Clintons — like, ‘Don’t cross them, otherwise a door in the floor opens up,’” she said on “Morning Joe.” Clinton, along with her husband the former president, reportedly built an “enemies list” after she lost (Snip) “There’s a feeling that you have to kind of plant your flag firmly for the Clintons,” she said. “Especially now.”

Benghazi and the Bombshell
New York Magazine, by Joe Hagan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/5/2014 9:26:24 PM     Post Reply
Eleven years ago, the 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan was sitting in the InterContinental hotel in Amman, Jordan, watching her career flash before her eyes. She was 31 years old, a rookie at CBS News, assigned to cover the biggest story on earth: the invasion of Iraq. But nothing was going as planned. With only days until the American invasion, Logan had been forced to leave Baghdad and was desperate to get back before the war began, but she and her crew, because of the dangers of the imminent “shock and awe” bombing campaign, were forbidden from going by the network. That’s when she heard about a convoy of French

Syrian opposition gets
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Al Jazeera [Doha, Qatar] *, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/5/2014 5:47:14 PM     Post Reply
The United States has given the approval for the main Syrian opposition bloc to open a formal diplomatic mission in Washington. The State Department also announced plans to increase non-lethal assistance to the Syrian opposition by $27 million. Ahead of the first official visit by the head of the Syrian National Coalition, Ahmad Jarba, Monday´s move aims "to empower the Syrian moderate opposition," a senior US administration figure told reporters. Washington, which is already the largest single donor of humanitarian aid to Syria, is boosting its non-lethal support and speeding up military deliveries to what it sees as moderate rebels,

   

 

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U.S. domain deregulation could fragment
World Wide Web into ‘Splinternet’
Washington Times, by Victor Kotsev    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/5/2014 5:35:40 PM     Post Reply
Istanbul - When Turkish communications minister Lutfi Elvan told daily newspaper Hurriyet last week that he was planning to “detach” Turkey from the global Internet, he quickly became a target of ridicule around the World Wide Web. “The man is clearly an idiot,” Andrew Duff, a member of the European Parliament, tweeted in one derisive response. Others wondered how such a move — to create a homegrown “ttt.” protocol to replace “www.” — was even possible for Turkey, a NATO member and key U.S. ally. “They would probably prefer to have such an intranet [local online network] nationwide like North Korea, but I don’t think they can pull that



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There are plenty of lousy film comedies, but there are only two that I outright hate: "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." Both were released in 2006 when Hollywood´s fury against George W. Bush had reached its peak, and both let the voters who re-elected him in 2004 have it with both barrels. On its face you would think that Mel Brooks´ "Blazing Saddles" chose the exact same targets (rural Red Staters) to humiliate, but he didn´t. With his masterpiece (that has just been released as

   

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