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Syria peace prospects dim
as Brahimi heads for the exit

Christian Science Monitor, by Ariel Zirulnick

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 5/14/2014 1:15:33 PM

The resignation of the United Nations special envoy to Syria provided a new indicator of the dim prospects at present for a diplomatic solution to the war in Syria, which has killed more than 150,000 since March 2011. Lakhdar Brahimi´s departure comes as the Syrian regime, emboldened by a string of battlefield victories, gears up for elections to renew Bashar al-Assad´s presidency, a move that Mr. Brahimi reportedly once said would spell an end to negotiations. (Snip) But the Syrian conflict, with the Gulf countries amassed behind the Syrian opposition and Iran and Hezbollah throwing their weight behind the regime,

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Ironically, not ONE mention of the 0bamanation´s support of the "rebel" Al Qaeda forces. And, that´s late in this game.

      


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Syria peace prospects dim
as Brahimi heads for the exit
Christian Science Monitor, by Ariel Zirulnick    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 1:15:33 PM     Post Reply
The resignation of the United Nations special envoy to Syria provided a new indicator of the dim prospects at present for a diplomatic solution to the war in Syria, which has killed more than 150,000 since March 2011. Lakhdar Brahimi´s departure comes as the Syrian regime, emboldened by a string of battlefield victories, gears up for elections to renew Bashar al-Assad´s presidency, a move that Mr. Brahimi reportedly once said would spell an end to negotiations. (Snip) But the Syrian conflict, with the Gulf countries amassed behind the Syrian opposition and Iran and Hezbollah throwing their weight behind the regime,

   

 

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Nigeria vigilantes kill
scores of Islamic militants
Associated Press, by Haruna Umar & Adamu Adamu    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 1:01:23 PM     Post Reply
BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Villagers in an area of Nigeria where Boko Haram operates have killed and detained scores of the extremist Islamic militants who were suspected of planning a fresh attack, the residents and a security official said. Residents in Nigeria’s northern states have been forming vigilante groups in various areas to resist the militants who have held more than 270 schoolgirls captive since last month. In Kalabalge, a village about 250 kilometers (155 miles) from the Borno state capital of Maiduguri, residents said they were taking matters into their own hands because the Nigerian military is not doing enough to stem Boko Haram

In Season of Protest, Haverford
Speaker Is Latest to Bow Out
New York Times, by Richard Pérez-Peña    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 12:49:32 PM     Post Reply
Haverford College on Tuesday joined a growing list of schools to lose commencement speakers to protests from the left, when Robert J. Birgeneau, a former chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, withdrew from this weekend’s event. Some students and faculty members at Haverford, a liberal arts college near Philadelphia, objected to the invitation to Mr. Birgeneau to speak and receive an honorary degree because, under him, the University of California police used batons to break up an Occupy protest in 2011. He first stated his support for the police, and then a few days later, saying that he was disturbed by videos of the

Ted Cruz to Visit Ukraine
Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 12:31:13 PM     Post Reply
Austin, Texas - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will visit Ukraine this month and meet with leaders of the protest movement that forced out the country´s pro-Russian president. (Snip) Cruz criticized the Obama administration as "tepid" in its response to the crisis in the Ukraine. He renewed his call for the U.S. to install anti-ballistic missile batteries in Poland and the Czech Republic as safeguards for Eastern Europe, and push for liquefied natural gas exports to reduce Ukraine´s dependence on Russia. He also said the U.S. should help create a board to bolster the value of Ukraine currency. Cruz brushed off a question about his political future.

Broward County Schools Caught
Lying About Bible Ban, Faces Lawsuit
Breitbart´s Big Government, by Ken Klukowski    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 12:17:31 PM     Post Reply
Updating our previous story about a fifth grader told by his teacher he could not read his Bible during free time, school lawyers for Broward County Public Schools have now gotten involved and changed their story. They now say that the time in question is not free reading time, but instead Accelerated Reader Program time. During this period, students can only read certain approved books, and the Bible is not among them. Hence, Broward County Public Schools will continue banning the Bible. However, Liberty Institute lawyer Jeremy Dys investigated the program. He reports that contrary to the school´s claim,

Research Immunologist
Sees Vaccine Link to Autism,
Obesity, Diabetes in Children
SharylAttkisson.com, by Sharyl Attkisson    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 12:06:29 PM     Post Reply
There’s “convincing evidence” that the rise in autism and immune-related disorders in children is related to the “rapid increase in the number of vaccines given to children in the U.S.,” according to noted immunologist Dr. J. Bart Classen. (Snip) “The best data indicates that vaccine-induced chronic disease is now of a magnitude that dwarfs almost all prior poisoning of humans including poisoning from agents like asbestos, low dose radiation, lead and even cigarettes. Most patients don’t even realize that they are suffering from the adverse effects of vaccines. Even more concerning patients and or their parents are being harassed,

   

 

  


 
Hilaria can have you, Alec Baldwin
New York Post, by Andrea Peyser    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 11:49:03 AM     Post Reply
Alec Baldwin. My life. My love. My supersized stud muffin. Why did this happen? One minute you’re riding your bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street, just like any true New Yorker — hey, traffic laws are for sissies, girls and the gay men that you loathe, aren’t they, Alec? Dear, sweet Alec. But the next thing we know, you’re a cursing, gelatinous mess decked out in handcuffs and a snarl. The indignity! The cuffs were slapped on your wrists by — get this — an itty-bitty female cop! Oh, Alec. While people see you as a bully and a narcissistic, whiny brat, they clearly don’t understand you as I do. They don’t know how you suffer for

French journalist Camille
Lepage killed in CAR
BBC News, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 5:06:15 AM     Post Reply
French photojournalist Camille Lepage has been murdered while working in the Central African Republic, presidential officials in Paris say. The body of Ms Lepage, 26, was found when a French patrol stopped a car driven by Christian anti-balaka militia in the Bouar region, a statement said. She had reportedly been travelling near the CAR border with Cameroon when she became caught up in fighting. Camille Lepage´s work has been widely published, including by the BBC. She had also worked for several non-governmental organisations including Amnesty International and Medecins sans Frontieres, her website said.

Eric Cantor’s tea party opponent in Va.
primary may be picking up momentum
Washington Post, by Jenna Portnoy & Robert Costa    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 2:35:30 AM     Post Reply
Richmond - There was a time when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) sympathized with the tea party’s frustration with Washington. Now, he’s engaged in open warfare with the GOP’s insurgent wing. This week, Cantor’s opponent in the June 10 primary — a tea party activist named David Brat — is gaining national attention as a potential threat to Cantor’s hold on his solidly Republican, suburban Richmond district. (Snip) The intraparty drama is the latest reflection of the deepening chasm in the Republican Party across Virginia and the nation. And it is all the more remarkable because it is happening to a man widely seen as the likely

When Driverless Cars Break the Law
New York Times, by Claire Cain Miller    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 2:20:48 AM     Post Reply
There is little doubt that the technology behind driverless cars is nearly advanced enough for mainstream use. Google plans to make its biggest public display yet of its cars on Tuesday, when it takes reporters on spins around Mountain View, Calif. Carmakers like BMW and Toyota are also preparing to sell cars that drive themselves. Instead, the bigger question about driverless cars is a legal one. Who is responsible when something goes wrong? Driverless cars are supposed to be much safer than cars driven by people because they don’t make human errors. But accidents seem inevitable. What happens when a driverless car kills someone?

Brown says rising sea levels
could force costly move of LAX
Los Angeles Times, by Michael Finnegan    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 2:05:54 AM     Post Reply
California will face billions of dollars in spending to cope with the consequences of rising sea levels if low-lying communities along the coast are ultimately submerged, as scientists predict, Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday. Brown’s remarks came a day after the release of two studies finding that a slow-motion and irreversible collapse of a massive cluster of glaciers in Antarctica has begun and could cause sea levels to rise worldwide by four feet within 200 years. "If that happens, the Los Angeles airport´s going to be underwater," Brown told reporters at a presentation of his revised state budget proposal in Los Angeles.

   

 

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Idaho same-sex marriage ban
struck down by federal judge
Los Angeles Times, by Matt Pearce & Maria L. La Ganga    Original Article
Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- 5/14/2014 1:52:20 AM     Post Reply
Idaho´s same-sex marriage ban became the latest to be declared unconstitutional Tuesday when a federal judge handed another victory to gay and lesbian couples. That extended a unanimous streak of rulings across the country over the last year. "Marriage is a fundamental right of all citizens, which neither tradition nor the majority may deny," Chief Magistrate Judge Candy Wagahoff Dale wrote in her opinion. Dale did not suspend her ruling, as several other federal judges have done after striking down such bans elsewhere. But the governor´s attorney had filed a request for a stay Monday, just in case, and plans to appeal Dale's ruling.



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