International

Deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s Body To Be Permanently Displayed

March 7, 2013

“Vice President Nicolas Maduro says the remains will be put on permanent display at the Museum of the Revolution, close to the presidential palace where Chavez ruled for 14 years. Maduro says the president will lie in state first for at least another seven days.”

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United Nations Begins Talks With Syrian Rebels to Free Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“The 21 troops seized Wednesday are part of a United Nations force that was set up to patrol the demilitarized zone along Syria’s Golan frontier after the 1973 Arab-Israeli war.”

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Syrian Opposition Rebels Capture 21 Filipino United Nations Peacekeepers

March 7, 2013

“Twenty-one Filipino UN peacekeepers were detained in Golan Heights on Wednesday. The UN and Arab League officials are reportedly negotiating with the Syrian rebels.”

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Osama bin Laden’s Spokesman and Son-in-Law Abu Ghaith Captured by the United States

March 7, 2013

“A Jordanian security official confirmed that al-Ghaith was handed over last week to U.S. law enforcement officials under both nations’ extradition treaty.”

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Fox News Incorrectly Overstates and Blames Egypt’s Problems on President Mohamed Morsi

March 7, 2013

Instead of critically analyzing statistics and facts, Fox News often, like in this case, uses information that sounds bad but isn’t actually relevant, congruent, or applicable.

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Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Criticizes Secretary of State John Kerry’s $250 Million Aid Pledge to Egypt

March 7, 2013

“This is an important point that some in Washington often forget — we don’t provide foreign assistance solely out of the goodness of our heart, we do so because it furthers our national interest.”

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Australia Blocks North Korea From Re-Opening Embassy, Citing North Korea’s Nuclear Test

March 7, 2013

“Australia, a close U.S. ally, is one of a few Western countries to have diplomatic ties with North Korea, which first opened a Canberra embassy in May 2002. It closed the embassy six years later and then sought this year to reopen it.”

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New Zealand Court: Mega Upload Founder Kim Dotcom May Sue Government’s Spy Agency For Illegal Surveillance

March 7, 2013

“The GCSB collected intelligence on Dotcom ahead of the 2012 raid on his house to determine whether he posed any danger to the police who would later swoop in by helicopter to arrest him.”

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Venezuelan Opposition Leader Henrique Capriles Prepares For Second Presidential Election

March 7, 2013

“The governor of Miranda state, a centrist who sees Brazil’s mix of economic and social policies as the model to follow, is the overwhelming favorite to represent the opposition Democratic Unity coalition in an election following Chavez’s death from cancer.”

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United Nations Security Council Approves New Sanctions Against North Korea

March 7, 2013

“The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking, travel and trade in a unanimous vote that reflected the country’s increased international isolation.”

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North Korea Warns United States of a Pre-Emptive Nuclear Strike

March 7, 2013

“An unidentified spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said the North will exercise its right for “a preemptive nuclear attack to destroy the strongholds of the aggressors” because Washington is pushing to start a nuclear war against the North.”

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Who is Colonel James Steele? 1980s Central American Insurgency, Iran-Contra, and the Iraq War

March 7, 2013

“Colonel James Steele, then 58, was a retired special forces veteran nominated by Donald Rumsfeld to help organise the paramilitaries in an attempt to quell a Sunni insurgency, according to an investigation by the Guardian and BBC Arabic.”

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Documents: U.S. Allowed Iraq’s Special Police Commando Unit to be Primarily Violent Shia Iraqis Beginning in 2004

March 7, 2013
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Documents: General David Petraeus and Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Linked to Secret Torture Centers in Iraq

March 7, 2013

“The Guardian/BBC Arabic investigation was sparked by the release ofclassified US military logs on WikiLeaks that detailed hundreds of incidents where US soldiers came across tortured detainees in a network of detention centres run by the police commandos across Iraq.”

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Obama Administration Weighing Loopholes in Authorization for Use of Military Force to Expand War on Terror

March 7, 2013

“A new generation of al-Qaeda offshoots is forcing the Obama administration to examine whether the legal basis for its targeted killing program can be extended to militant groups with little or no connection to [al-Qaeda].”

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