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The Saudi Death Sentence That Threatens to Inflame The Gulf

January 24, 2015
http://fpif.org/death-sentence-inflame-sectarian-tensions-across-middle-east/
Foreign Policy in Focus
Last October, Saudi Arabia’s Special Criminal Court sentenced Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, a popular Shi’ite cleric and outspoken political dissident, to death. Now the fate of this Shi’ite cleric hangs over the Gulf like a sword of Damocles. Demonstrations demanding the death sentence be revoked have been held in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, and the United Kingdom, underscoring the international sensitivity surrounding al-Nimr’s imprisonment and death sentence.

Charlie Hebdo and France's Terrible Symmetry

January 24, 2015
http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/01/20/france-under-the-influence/
CounterPunch
Even as Israel is aggressively seeking to recruit French Jews to move to Israel, France is undertaking measures to stem the flow of young Muslims to the Middle East to fight with Islamist extremists in Syria and Iraq. There is much talk of restoring authority and “republican values” to the schoolroom. But French leaders need to take a hard look at their own totally incoherent foreign policy, and there is no sign as yet of that happening.

NRC: No Suspension of Fukushima-Style Nuclear Reactors

January 24, 2015
http://www.commondreams.org/author/andrea-germanos-staff-writer
Common Dreams
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a Director’s Decision Friday rejecting an appeal by environmental watchdog groups to suspend operations at the nearly two dozen reactors in the United States that have the same containment system as the ill-fated Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan.

The New York Times: "Distortions, Lies and Omissions" on Ukraine

January 24, 2015
http://www.salon.com/2015/01/21/distortions_lies_and_omissions_the_new_york_times_wont_tell_you_the_real_story_behind_ukraine_russian_economic_collapse/
Salon
Ukraine is an economic, political and military mess, and a major humanitarian tragedy. But, the New York Times and the U.S. media that follow its lead have provided us with only distortions, lies and omissions about the cynical U.S. role in creating and worsening the Ukraine crisis, and the calamitous global economic impact of the U.S. orchestrated sanctions against Russia.

Time for Another Israeli War on Lebanon?

January 24, 2015
http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/time-another-israeli-war-lebanon-1690983262
Middle East Eye
Israel’s airstrike that killed Hezbollah and Iranian commanders in Syria last Sunday could be a highly risky pre-election gambit, designed to in part bolster Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s electoral performance in 2015. And the predictable and possibly provoked Hezbollah response may set the stage for a direct Israeli confrontation with Lebanon.

Friday Nite Videos -- January 23, 2015

January 23, 2015
Portside
Rhiannon Giddens -- She's Got You. Love Letters to Richard Dawkins. 'Alabama' John Coltrane and Martin Luther King. The History of Vaccines. Majority Retort.

Texas Used Junk Science to Restrict Abortion

January 23, 2015
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2015/01/texas_abortion_restrictions_experts_lied_about_research_and_vincent_rue.html
Slate
The state’s experts lied—and they got caught.

'American Sniper' Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

January 23, 2015
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/american-sniper-is-almost-too-dumb-to-criticize-20150121
Rolling Stone
It always looks bad when you criticize a soldier for doing what he's told. It's equally dangerous to be seduced by the pathos and drama of the individual soldier's experience, because most wars are about something much larger than that.

Labor Issues at Microsoft Prompt Talk of Policy Changes

January 23, 2015
http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2025464295_microsoftlaborxml.html
The Seattle Times
A group of workers employed by a Microsoft contractor successfully organized a union -- a rare feat in the tech industry -- and is now bargaining with its company over a contract.

"American Sniper" - Dishonest, Racist Film Spawns Death Threats against Arabs and Muslims

January 22, 2015
The film piles on Bush-era propaganda and sharp-shoots the facts. The message of American Sniper is that Kyle is the real victim of the war. The Iraqis he shot deserved it, because - as it has established to its own satisfaction - they were savages. As for non-savage Iraqis who may have reasonable grounds to complain about what happened to their country following the invasion, they must be in some other movie.

More than Half of US Public School Students Live in Poverty, Report Finds

January 22, 2015
http://www.theguardian.com/money/us-money-blog/2015/jan/17/public-school-students-poverty-report
The Guardian (UK)
Low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation's public schools, according to this research bulletin. The latest data collected from the states by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), show that 51 percent of the students across the nation's public schools were low income in 2013.

The Hunting of Billie Holiday - How Lady Day found herself in the middle of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics' early fight for survival

January 22, 2015
http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/drug-war-the-hunting-of-billie-holiday-114298.html
Politico Magazine
Billie Holiday had been effectively murdered by a conspiracy to break her, orchestrated by the narcotics police - but what could she do? At Billie's funeral, there were swarms of police cars, because they feared their actions against her would trigger a riot. In his eulogy for her, the Reverend Eugene Callender said: 'We should not be here. This young lady was gifted by her creator with tremendous talent . . .

Satire - And the Unknown North Korea

January 22, 2015
Portside
The historic resumption of diplomatic relations with Cuba could be (and should be) a precedent for a new approach to North Korea - a country three times larger than Cuba, perhaps more strategically sensitive than the latter and involving a nuclear potential that demands serious diplomacy.

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