“Feature Stories” archives

Aug 29 2014

NATO-Russian Tensions in Ukraine Amount to Propaganda War

In an emergency meeting at the United Nations Security Council yesterday the US asserted that Russia has “outright lied” about its presence in the Ukraine. In tandem, NATO released satellite imagery of what it says are Russian troops around the Eastern part of Ukraine.

NATO also claims that more than 1,000 armed Russian troops …

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Aug 29 2014

How Cities Around the US Are Raising Wages, In the Absence of Federal Action

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti has announced an increase in his city’s minimum wage from $9 an hour to $13.25. While the new wage still falls short of the $15 an hour demand by unions and organized low-wage workers, and is spread out over 3 years rather than be effective immediately, the proposal put …

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Aug 29 2014

Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration Likely to Fall Short

A landmark ruling this week by the country’s top immigration court, The Board of Immigration Appeals, is being heralded as a major victory for women seeking asylum in the United States. The ruling, which will allow migrants who are escaping from situations of extreme domestic abuse to obtain asylum in the US, is the …

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Aug 28 2014

Opposition Parties Join Forces in Pakistan to Offer Alternative to US-Backed Govt and Taliban

A political standoff in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad continues as talks between opposition parties and the government are at a standstill. In the past few weeks, the liberal political party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, led by cricket star turned politician, Imran Khan, and the Pakistan Awami Tehreek party, a moderate Muslim group, led by the cleric, Tahirul Qadri, …

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Aug 28 2014

Suspicion Nation: A Conversation with Author and Attorney Lisa Bloom – Part 2

As the national dialogue on race and racism in America in light of Ferguson, Missouri, continues, it is reminiscent of a similar debate in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s killing 2 years ago, and the trial of his shooter, George Zimmerman, last year.

Attorney and author Lisa Bloom attended the controversial trial, and with …

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Aug 28 2014

British Muslim Communities Shocked by Rotherham Child Sex Abuse Scandal

A shocking report about the sexual exploitation of 1,400 mostly young girls over a 16 year period in the Northern England city of Rotherham was released this week by Professor Alexis Jay. The report reveals extremely disturbing accounts about children as young as 11 years old being lured away by men and groomed for …

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Aug 27 2014

Immigrants Flock to Europe Fleeing Persecution, War, and Poverty

If you thought migration from Central America and Mexico into the United States was a unique problem, it turns out Europe is dealing with a similar situation. Ever-increasing numbers of migrants from countries like Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan are making perilous journeys over the Mediterranean Sea to arrive at the borders of Southern …

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Aug 27 2014

Suspicion Nation: A Conversation with Author and Attorney Lisa Bloom – Part 1

The protests in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of Michael Brown are the second time in the past few years that there has been a major national dialogue about race, racism and violence in the US. The name Trayvon Martin is often listed alongside the names of police brutality victims like Brown, Eric Garner, …

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Aug 27 2014

Can Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant Withstand a Major Earthquake? A Federal Regulator Doesn’t Think So

California’s last functioning nuclear power plant, Diablo Canyon, has the potential to become the world’s next Fukushima if it fails to be properly retrofitted to withstand a powerful earthquake in the region – this according to a report written by federal nuclear expert Dr. Michael Peck. The report was leaked to the environmental group …

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Aug 26 2014

Israeli Airstrikes Devastate Gaza As Hamas Accepts Going to ICC

While the eyes of the world are turned to Syria, Iraq, and Libya, Israel has resumed its military operation against Gaza. Airstrikes this morning severely damaged one of Gaza’s tallest apartment and office buildings, killing two people and wounding 20. More than a hundred Palestinians have died in a fresh round of about 350 …

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