Japan and Jordan ‘Agree Prisoner-Swap’ With ISIS
Jan28

Japan and Jordan ‘Agree Prisoner-Swap’ With ISIS

A prisoner swap has reportedly been agreed between Japan, Jordan and the Islamic State, which could see an exchange happen within hours. ISIS are demanding the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, an Iraqi woman who took part in a 2005 bombing in Jordan which killed 57 – she survived after her suicide belt failed to detonate....

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Andrew Sullivan Quits Blogging
Jan28

Andrew Sullivan Quits Blogging

Bad news for the increasingly weakening “blogosphere” — and good news for readers of good, old fashioned books that aren’t written in a hurry. Andrew Sullivan, the writer, editor and blogging pioneer announced that he has quit blogging. Here’s some of what he wrote on his blog: Why? Two reasons. The first is one I hope anyone can understand: although it has been the most rewarding experience in my writing...

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Can Islam and Democracy Coexist in the Same Nation?
Jan28

Can Islam and Democracy Coexist in the Same Nation?

The recent violence against those who had satirized religion and particularly Islam, perpetrated by a small group of Muslim terrorists, does not necessarily mean that Islamic ideas are incompatible with democracy. Or does it? Though a number of Muslims in France marched in solidarity with the supporters of Charlie Hebdo and denounced the attacks and murders that had occurred, many other French Muslims in interviews said that the...

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GoDaddy pulls SuperBowl ad featuring puppy sold online
Jan28

GoDaddy pulls SuperBowl ad featuring puppy sold online

Just six days before the 49th SuperBowl, GoDaddy revealed its heavily teased “puppy ad” in an exclusive on the NBC Today Show. (An “ad” on a “news” show means free advertising. Well played, GoDaddy.) The response was immediate and negative. Shame on @GoDaddy for their absolutely reckless and heartless Super Bowl Commercial. #nodaddy — Aracely Vega Worley (@daytrippingmom) January 27, 2015...

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Can Billionaires Buy Elections?
Jan27

Can Billionaires Buy Elections?

Can Billionaires Buy Elections? The news that Charles and David Koch and their network of conservative activists plan to spend $889 million on the 2016 elections has sent shock waves throughout the political landscape. Publicized this week at a California gathering hosted by the business group Freedom Partners, this declaration of financial war raises the question of whether billionaires...

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Conservative Argues That It Is Not A Bad Thing If People Die Due To Repealing Obamacare
Jan27

Conservative Argues That It Is Not A Bad Thing If People Die Due To Repealing Obamacare

If the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed, as most Republicans are calling for, we would see millions of Americans lose their insurance. We would return to past problems, including people being denied insurance when they have medical problems, people once again being forced to declare bankruptcy due to medical costs, and we would see many more deaths than we will otherwise see.  Michael R. Strain of the American Enterprise...

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Netanyahu accused of putting US-Israeli relationship at risk
Jan27

Netanyahu accused of putting US-Israeli relationship at risk

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was accused by political rivals yesterday of damaging Israel’s critical relationship with its American ally, a day after it emerged that President Barack Obama will not meet the Israeli leader when he pays a controversial visit to Washington just before Israel’s general election. “No doubt his behaviour has caused damage,” said Nachman… ChameleonsEye /...

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Hillary stands alone
Jan27

Hillary stands alone

WASHINGTON — And now for a look at the Democratic presidential field for 2016 — hey, hold on, where’d everybody go? All right, at the moment there’s little suspense. Make that no suspense. If Hillary Clinton wants the nomination — and there’s no indication to the contrary — she can have it. Winning the general election is another story, but the Republican Party seems willing to be more of an...

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The Northeast Storm Captured In Photos
Jan26

The Northeast Storm Captured In Photos

The Northeast Storm Captured In Photos Blizzards can be bitter cold and make travel a nightmare, but for those who are lucky enough to watch from a cozy place with a blanket and a warm cup of coffee, they can also be a beautiful sight. IBTimes’ deputy technology editor captured a photo of early-rush-hour traffic at a halt on Second Avenue...

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Obama and India’s Modi: a new start
Jan26

Obama and India’s Modi: a new start

Barack Obama’s presence at India’s Republic Day ceremonies today, the first for a US President, could be the start of something new and big enough to build a legacy for him and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi’s invitation to Obama as chief guest was a bold political gesture aimed at his opponents in India. Previous governments have avoided inviting American Presidents because of hostility from the left wing, which loudly steered...

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Obama Moves To Protect 1.4 Million Acres In ANWR
Jan25

Obama Moves To Protect 1.4 Million Acres In ANWR

Obama Moves To Protect 1.4 Million Acres In ANWR The Obama administration is poised to set aside 1.4 million acres of coastal land in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, designating core areas of the refuge as wilderness, the White House announced Sunday. The move would prohibit motorized access to the area as well as the construction of roads, and is expected to cause tension...

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Attack On Ukraine Civilians Condemned By John Kerry
Jan25

Attack On Ukraine Civilians Condemned By John Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned an attack by pro-Russian rebels on civilian neighborhoods in eastern Ukraine that killed at least 30 people Saturday. “I join my European counterparts in condemning in the strongest terms today’s horrific assault by Russian-backed separatists on civilian neighborhoods in Mariupol,” Kerry said in the statement, threatening increased international...

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Netanyahu, Obama: Who said what and when
Jan24

Netanyahu, Obama: Who said what and when

Netanyahu, Obama: Who said what and when by Donald Harrison SAN DIEGO (SDONA) – The rumors and “not for attribution” comments are far outdistancing what U.S. officials have put on the record concerning President Barack Obama’s alleged anger with Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for agreeing to speak before a Joint Session of Congress, now planned March 3. So let’s go back to Wednesday, Jan 21, the day after President Barack...

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Report: ISIS Executes One Japanese Hostage, Offers Prisoner Swap for Other
Jan24

Report: ISIS Executes One Japanese Hostage, Offers Prisoner Swap for Other

Report: ISIS Executes One Japanese Hostage, Offers Prisoner Swap for Other A new video was circulating Saturday that purported to show the murder of Haruna Yukawa, one of two Japanese men held captive by the Islamic State (ISIS). The video was reviewed by the SITE Intel Group, a watchdog of extremist groups. The men’s lives were first threatened early Tuesday morning, when ISIS released a video...

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Divesting America of Ozone-Destroying Energy Sources
Jan24

Divesting America of Ozone-Destroying Energy Sources

Long before the price of gas and oil began to plummet, socially conscious churches, universities, non-profit organizations, and local governments began to divest themselves of fossil fuel stock and shock the fossil fuel industry to understand the environmental and public health concerns. The World Council of Churches, which represents about 590 million Christians in 520,000 congregations, decided in July that to continue to hold...

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Letters of Sacrifice
Jan23

Letters of Sacrifice

As I watched Jenn stretch her arm to insert yet one more letter at the top of her eight-foot tall work of honor, respect and compassion, I could not help but to ask myself: How many more “I regret to inform you” letters will have to be opened by the trembling hands of a father, mother, husband, wife, son or daughter… For each tightly rolled letter Jennifer Hassin, a beautiful, talented young artist from Austin,...

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Leftist Surge in Greece?
Jan23

Leftist Surge in Greece?

On Sunday, Greece will vote on their government and leadership, which shall determine the course of the nation for years to come. Antonio Samaras, leader of the center-right New Democracy political party and Prime Minister since 2012, has carried out austerity measures, accepting bailouts and making severe budget cuts. While Greece’s economy may be in a better situation today, albeit only slightly, people are still receiving the...

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What is the GOP thinking?
Jan23

What is the GOP thinking?

WASHINGTON — There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over … abortion and rape. I’m not kidding. In a week when President Obama used his State of the Union address to issue a progressive manifesto of bread-and-butter policy proposals, GOP leaders responded by taking up the...

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Obama Won’t Meet With Netanyahu In March
Jan23

Obama Won’t Meet With Netanyahu In March

President Barack Obama will not meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister travels to the United States to visit with Congress in March. A White House spokesperson cited “longstanding policy and principal” against meeting with world leaders who face upcoming elections as the onus behind the decision. “Accordingly, the president will not be...

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The Marijuana Bandwagon Rolls Merrily Along — And That’s (Mostly) A Good Thing
Jan22

The Marijuana Bandwagon Rolls Merrily Along — And That’s (Mostly) A Good Thing

APOCALYPTIC LEAFLET IN A BUFFALO, NEW YORK STORE WINDOW (1967) There is some good news amid the torrent of police shootings, terrorist attacks a little too close to home for comfort, travails of the middle class and the blatherings of a dysfuctional political establishment: The embrace of gay rights and abolition of draconian marijuana laws have accelerated at breathtaking speed in a society in which positive change comes with a...

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