May 29th

America Remembers Maya Angelou

By Betty
America Remembers Maya Angelou

Beloved American poet, author and television personality Maya Angelou passed away this week, leaving the hearts of millions of fellow Americans to grieve the loss.  She was 86 years of age.  Born as Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4th, 1928, Angelou rose to fame in the late 60s with her debut autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," going on to write another six books about her life, several books of poetry and three boks of essays.  Perhaps her biggest contribution to American society came, however, in her work for the Civil Rights movement, during which she worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr, who ironically was assasinated on Angelou's 40th birthday.  During her life, Angelou spoke at many important events, including the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, and she is still one of the most oft-quoted American personalities of the 20th century.  One of her most famous quotes: "The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free," has been adopted by civil and human rights organizations all over the world.  The image below pictures Angelou receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Obama at a White House ceremony in 2010.


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Oct 11th

US Authorities Uncover Iranian Terror Plot

By Betty
US Authorities Uncover Iranian Terror Plot

US officials on Tuesday said they have discovered and thwarted a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US concocted by elements associated with Iran's Qods force.  The revelation came about when the Justice Department unsealed a criminal complaint against a pair of Iranian men.  The chief suspect in the plot is a naturalized Iranian-American identified as Manssor Arbabsiar, of Corpus Christie, Texas, while the second man is a suspected member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards-Qods Force official.
Aug 31st

Exxon Signs Exploration Deal with Russia

By Betty
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Exxon Signs Exploration Deal with Russia

Exxon Mobile announced this week that it has signed a deal with Russia's state-run Rosneft oil company to locate and drill for new oil reserves in the Russian Arctic.  Rex Tillerson, Exxon's CEO, apparently hasn't learned his lesson about getting into bed with dictators known for seizing assets from private companies it partners with.  Tillerson stood proudly next to Vladimir Putin when the announcement was made, the former President, current Prime Minister, and unquestioned dictator of Russia.
May 18th

IMF Head Placed on Suicide Watch, Officials Call for Replacement

By Betty
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IMF Head Placed on Suicide Watch, Officials Call for Replacement

Jailed International Monetary Fund head and French presidential hopeful Dominique Strauss-Kahn has reportedly been placed on suicide watch at the Rikers Island jail where he is being held on sexual assault charges.  The placement of Strauss-Kahn on suicide monitoring is purely a precautionary move, jail officials said.
May 16th

IMF President Charged with Sexual Assault In Manhattan

By Mike Goldman
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IMF President Charged with Sexual Assault In Manhattan

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, was arraigned in Manhattan on sexual assault charges Monday, after being arrested Saturday as he tried to board a plane headed for France at JFK airport.  The man is accused of sexually assaulting a maid Saturday afternoon when she entered his $3,000 a night penthouse suite near Times Square to clean it.
May 11th

Breaking News: Earthquake Strikes Northern Spain

By Frank Galvano
Breaking News:  Earthquake Strikes Northern Spain

Two strong earthquakes struck Southern Spain on Wednesday, toppling buildings and killing at least seven people, officials said.  Seven people have been confirmed dead, and dozens of injuries have been reported in the town of Lorca, government officials said.  The first earthquake occurred at 6:47 PM local time, according to reports.
Apr 21st

Obama Approves Drone Attacks in Libya

By Betty
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Obama Approves Drone Attacks in Libya

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that President Barack Obama has approved the use of Predator drones in Libya on Thursday.  The unmanned aircraft offer more precise targeting because of their ability to fly lower than manned fighters, especially on targets that are dug into bunkers or hillsides, Gates said. 

Predators have been used since the start of the NATO campaign in Libya for surveillance, but were not allowed to fire.  Now the crafts' operators will be given the green light to attack dictator Mohamar Qadhafi's defensive positions including missile and radar sites.  Predator drone attacks have also been authorized for civil protection giving operators carte blanche when the safety of civilians is threatened.
Feb 25th

5.7 Earthquake Strikes Southeastern Mexico

By Mike Goldman
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5.7 Earthquake Strikes Southeastern Mexico

Mexico's Gulf coast was hit Friday by an earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale, authorities said.  There have so far been no reports of extensive damage or injuries as a result of the quake.

The US Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 8:07 AM ET, centered close to the city of Acayucan, in the state of Veracruz.  The epicenter was about 120 miles southeast of the nation's port city of Veracruz, and was reportedly felt in the Mexican capital of Mexico City, which lies nearly 300 miles to the northeast.
Feb 24th

Saudi Arabia Considering Oil Production Increase

By Mike Goldman
Saudi Arabia Considering Oil Production Increase

A number of European oil companies are reportedly engaging in talks with Saudi Arabian officials to find ways to meet the oil production shortfalls created by the recent political unrest in Libya.  The talks would seem to indicate that the leader of the OPEC oil cartel is preparing to boost supplies to prevent further price increases for oil, which surged to $120 a barrel on Thursday.
Feb 22nd

75 Dead After Southern New Zealand Earthquake

By Andy
75 Dead After Southern New Zealand Earthquake

Rescue teams are continuing their search for survivors after a powerful earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand Monday (Tuesday there).  There have been 75 reported deaths so far, 55 of whom have been identified, and hundreds more are still missing, authorities say.  New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told reporters he would ask the nation's parliament to declare a state of emergency.

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