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Marissa Alexander Gets New Trial
Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Good Day: Marissa Alexander Gets New Trial
In a rare win for sanity, a Florida appeals court has ordered a new trial for Marissa Alexander, the African-American woman sentenced to 20 years after firing a warning shot into a wall during a dispute with her abusive husband just days after she'd given birth.

US Syria plans face setback as key rebels break from coalition

US-Backed Syrian Rebels Form New Alliance With Al-Qaeda Affiliate

Homemade sarin was used in attack near Damascus Lavrov
Russia has enough evidence to assert that homemade sarin was used on August 21 in a chemical attack near Damascus, the same type but in higher concentration than in an Aleppo incident earlier this year, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov said.

Dominican Republic's Ruling Strips Many of Citizenship
The Dominican Republic's top court on Thursday stripped citizenship from thousands of people born to migrants who came illegally, a category that overwhelmingly includes Haitians brought in to work on farms.

71 Still Missing as Questions Grow on Kenya Mall Attack
Who Started the Fire? Kenya Struggles to Get its Story Straight

Al-Shabab's Nairobi Mall Rampage Tied to "Disastrous" U.S. Meddling in Somalia
Kenya has begun three days of mourning for at least 67 people killed in the siege of the Westgate Mall in Nairobi. The death count could still rise if more bodies are found in the rubble of the mall's three floors. The Somali militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it retaliation for Kenyan military intervention in Somalia.

Kenya mall attack: dozens more bodies believed buried under rubble
Intelligence source tells Guardian that one attacker remains engaged in conflict with security forces

Threat Inflation 6.0: Does al-Shabab Really Threaten the U.S.?
Sometimes you read a news story that brilliantly illuminates just what is wrong with the basic U.S. approach to national security these days. Case in point: today's New York Times story headlined "U.S. Sees Direct Threat in Attack at Kenya Mall." Of course we do. When was the last time something bad happened somewhere and the U.S. government didn't see it as a threat?

Is Al-Shabab Trying to Pull the US Into A Military Quagmire in Africa?

Tony Blair: long-term problem of extremism needs to be confronted
Envoy to Middle East says religion needs to be put 'in its proper place in politics'

Charles Taylor's 50-year sentence for Sierra Leone war crimes upheld
Former Liberian president to be jailed in UK for supporting rebel leaders who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone for 'blood diamonds'

Iran President's Speech at UN General Assembly
"Militarism and the recourse to violent and military means to subjugate others are failed examples of the perpetuation of old ways in new circumstances."

Rohani: Israel must join non-nuclear treaty
Iranian president says Israel must join Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. 'No nation should possess nuclear weapons,' he adds

Now's the time to strip Israel of its WMDs

AIPAC gears up for war with Obama

Why Netanyahu Spurns an Iran Deal
To understand Netanyahu's posture one needs to realize that it is not only, or maybe even primarily, about a possible Iranian nuclear weapon. It is partly a matter of heading off any rapprochement between Iran and the United States, which would weaken the Israeli claim to being America's sole reliable and important partner in the Middle East.

Russia Must Stop U.S. Aggression
Russia's dream is coming true: The peace-loving people of the world support Moscow's plan for resolving the Syrian crisis. What's more, Group of 20 member states have split into two camps. The majority, headed by President Vladimir Putin, favor a peaceful resolution and the minority, led by U.S. President Barack Obama, advocate military intervention.

NSA Spied on MLK, US Senators and Other Vietnam War Critics, Documents Show
Agency's self-proclaimed 'disreputable if not outright illegal' practices threaten civil liberties then and now, critics warn

US intelligence chiefs urge Congress to preserve surveillance programs
Officials refuse to say in Senate testimony whether cell site data had ever been used to pinpoint an individual's location

U.S. officials dodge questions on scope of surveillance

FBI Plays the Role of Domestic Spy And Spy-Enabler, Says New Report

Redefining English: Senator Feinstein Says The Press Needs To Stop Calling Patriot Act Surveillance Program A 'Surveillance Program'

Glenn Greenwald to Haaretz: Why Whistleblower Snowden Came to Me

"My Mother Was Killed By A U.S. Drone"
It was clear that this was no abstract instance of collateral damage. As a father of four, I am haunted daily by the stories of children being injured or killed by drone strikes.

Obama and the Usual American 'DAM' Exceptionalism Delusion, Arrogance and Mendacity

Bragging Rights - Eight Exceptional(ly Dumb) American Achievements of the Twenty-First Century

American Exceptionalism Revisited

Baghdad Market Blasts; 58 Killed, 109 Wounded

Venezuela's leader Maduro blames axed UN trip on 'plot'
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro skipped a visit to the United Nations citing "threats" against him.

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