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Hundreds of Thousands in Colombia Strike Against Privatization, Poverty

Hundreds of Thousands in Colombia Strike Against Privatization, Poverty
A nationwide strike in Colombia—which started as a rural peasant uprising and spread to miners, teachers, medical professionals, truckers, and students—reached its 7th day Sunday as at least 200,000 people blocked roads and launched protests against a U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and devastating policies of poverty and privatization pushed by US-backed right-wing President Juan Manuel Santos.
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Israel Threatens to Undermine Peace Talks With New Settlements

Israel Threatens to Undermine Peace Talks With New Settlements
Israel pushed forward Sunday with plans to construct 1,500 apartments in east Jerusalem in a move that could undermine recently renewed Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. City spokeswoman Brachie Sprung said city officials had approved plans to lay down infrastructure for the project.
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The Meltdown Continues: Radioactive Water Leaks From Fukushima Plant

The Meltdown Continues: Radioactive Water Leaks From Fukushima Plant
Fukushima is suffering from the biggest emergency since the meltdown...haven't you heard?
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Benghazi Aftershocks Affecting US Policy in Egypt

Benghazi Aftershocks Affecting US Policy in Egypt
Cited as a reason for closing some 20 American embassies and consulates this month in the face of an al-Qaida threat, U.S. officials said last year's deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic installation in Libya also is playing heavily into the Obama administration's deliberations on how to respond to the growing unrest across the Arab world's most populous country.
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Bradley Klapper
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Supporting Middle Eastern Entrepreneurialism Improves Global Security

Supporting Middle Eastern Entrepreneurialism Improves Global Security
As the Arab Spring takes another turn in Egypt, the world watches and wonders what the future may hold. Supporting improved stability of local infrastructures can work to improve the opportunities of Middle Eastern high-tech entrepreneurs. The ability of these entrepreneurs to create career opportunities for the emergent Millenial population in the Middle East directly impacts the stability of infrastructure everywhere.
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Despite Massacre, US Maintains Aid for Contractors in Egypt

Despite Massacre, US Maintains Aid for Contractors in Egypt
Egyptian security forces launched a massive crackdown on pro-democracy protestors, killing 638 people. Despite near universal condemnation for the violence, the U.S. government has refused cut off the multi-billion dollar aid program that pays companies to provide support to the Egyptian government.
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Public Transportation Price-Rigging Scheme Ignites Thousands of Brazilians

Public Transportation Price-Rigging Scheme Ignites Thousands of Brazilians
Thousands of people hit the streets of Brazil's largest city of São Paulo on Wednesday following news of a public transportation price rigging cartel, adding fuel to a grassroots uprising that began in June.
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Russian Olympic Great Condemns Homosexuality

Russian Olympic Great Condemns Homosexuality
The rainbow colors two Swedish athletes painted their fingernails in support of gays and lesbians sent a clear message and brought a swift rebuke from a Russian star, perhaps even a glimpse of what's to come at the Sochi Olympics.
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Buchanan: Putin Trying to Re-Capture Russia From 'Atheistic and Pagan' Ideology

Buchanan: Putin Trying to Re-Capture Russia From 'Atheistic and Pagan' Ideology
In his syndicated column on Tuesday, conservative activist Pat Buchanan defends Russian president Vladimir Putin’s persecution of gay people and political prosecution of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, saying that Putin is just “trying to re-establish the Orthodox Church as the moral compass of the nation it had been for 1,000 years before Russia fell captive to the atheistic and pagan ideology of Marxism.”
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Does the US Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?

Does the US Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?
There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks – an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U.S. embassies across the Middle East and Africa. As many as six civilian deaths have also been reported.
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