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Thailand Slips Toward Despotism, Restricts Media After Army Declares Martial Law

Thailand Slips Toward Despotism, Restricts Media After Army Declares Martial Law
With the declaration of martial law by the head of Thailand's military, the east-Asian country faces a severe test of its still fragile democracy. Protests and violence had marred elections last year, but a stopgap measure by the military looks more every day like an out-and-out coup.
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Al-Shabab Terror Group Says US on Hit List (But First: Ethiopia, Kenya)

Al-Shabab Terror Group Says US on Hit List (But First: Ethiopia, Kenya)
Making a rare threat against the United States, a senior member of Somalia's Islamic insurgent group that has carried out terrorist attacks abroad said Thursday that holy war will come to America and that Islam's flag will one day fly over Washington.
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Lessons from the Bangladeshi Factory Collapse

Lessons from the Bangladeshi Factory Collapse
Just over a year ago, in the wake of Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, retailers, unions and NGOs banded together in two separate efforts to ensure that such an event would never happen again. A little over 12 months later, the work of the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh and the Alliance for Bangladeshi Worker Safety struggle to make sustained progress.
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Did Privatization Cause the Turkey Mine Disaster?

Did Privatization Cause the Turkey Mine Disaster?
Professor Juan Cole of Informed Comment explains what led to Turkey's mining disaster that killed over 300 people, as well as the Turkish integration of religious right politics and neo-liberalism and what comes next in India and Turkey.
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US Prepares Unprecedented Cyberspying Indictment of Chinese Military Officials

US Prepares Unprecedented Cyberspying Indictment of Chinese Military Officials
The United States is preparing to announce first-of-its-kind criminal charges Monday against Chinese military officials in an international cyberspying case, a government official said. The indictments will accuse individuals of participating in cyber-espionage on behalf of a foreign government, said the official, who revealed this information only on grounds of anonymity because this person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the case in advance of the official announcement.
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Ukraine Goes on the Offensive Against Pro-Russian East

Ukraine Goes on the Offensive Against Pro-Russian East
The Ukrainian army destroyed two military bases of pro-Russian insurgents in overnight operations, the country's acting president said Thursday, as the government returned to the offensive a day after the start of European-brokered talks which have yet to draw in the warring sides.
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Nothing to See Here: Indonesia Bans Vimeo for Violating Anti-Pornography Law

Nothing to See Here: Indonesia Bans Vimeo for Violating Anti-Pornography Law
Indonesia banned the popular video sharing site Vimeo, saying it contains nudity, which officials in the world's most populous Muslim country consider to be pornographic material. Information and Communication Minister Tiffatul Sembiring said that his ministry's found nearly 15,000 videos tagged with words related to nudity and ordered all Indonesia-based Internet service providers to block the New York-based site.
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Michelle Obama in Special Video: #BringBackOurGirls

Michelle Obama in Special Video: #BringBackOurGirls
First Lady Michelle Obama offers her thoughts, prayers and support in the wake of the unconscionable terrorist kidnapping of more than 200 Nigerian girls.
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Putin Gloats Over Crimea Annexation in Trip to Disputed Ukraine Peninsula

Putin Gloats Over Crimea Annexation in Trip to Disputed Ukraine Peninsula
Ukraine and NATO condemned Vladimir Putin for gloating over Russia's annexation of the Crimea during the Russian President's first trip to the peninsula post-Russian takeover. Several eastern provinces are also voting to secede from the former Soviet province, backed by pro-Russian elements widely believed to members of Russian security forces.
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Pro-Russian East Ukraine Votes on Autonomy Despite – Oddly – Putin's Admonishment

Pro-Russian East Ukraine Votes on Autonomy Despite – Oddly – Putin's Admonishment
The pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine decided Thursday to go ahead with Sunday's referendum on autonomy despite a call from Russian President Vladimir Putin to delay it. Polls show the split between the east and west of the country further increasing.
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