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Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

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Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

Vladimir Putin Extends Olive Branch of Sorts In New Year’s Message to Obama

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On Wednesday (December 31), Russian President Vladimir Putin sent out New Year’s greetings to a number of current and former public officials around the world. Among these greetings was one addressed to U.S. President Barack Obama. In the greeting, Putin said that both Russia and the U.S. share mutual responsibility for maintaining international peace. Putin added that, “Russian-American partnership could have been developing successfully,” despite the tense relationship between the two countries over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Putin also referenced the upcoming 70th

Study Finds That Social Media Use Benefits Both Physical and Mental Health of the Elderly

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A recent study conducted in the UK and Italy seems to show that the use of social media may actually be beneficial to the overall health of elderly people. The 2-year study followed 120 elderly people from the south west of England and the Marche region of central Italy, two regions known for inheriting a long-living population. The study followed two groups: one with exposure to social media outlets such as e-mail, Skype and Facebook, and one without exposure to these outlets (the control

Unique Red and Green Rock Containing 30,000 Diamonds Discovered in Siberian Mine

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According to IFL Science… “Researchers have unveiled a strange ornament-sized rock from near the Arctic that’s red and green and comprised of diamonds. Nearly 30,000 colorless micro-diamonds, to be exact.”   The strange rock was discovered in Siberia’s Udachnaya Diamond Mine, which is dominated by mantle xenoliths. Mantle xenoliths are rocks made up of a number of different minerals that are fused together by high temperatures and pressures deep within the Earth’s mantle. The rocks are then pushed up to

Obama Announces Plans to Normalize Relations With Cuba and Open Embassy in Havana

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In 1960, the U.S. enacted a series of economic regulations, travel restrictions, and international legal penalties on Cuba in response to Fidel Castro’s nationalization (government seizure) of American property. The embargo’s long-term goal was to create a more democratic government in Cuba, but many critics say that the embargo has failed to accomplish this goal and has only served to hurt the Cuban people. Back in October, the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution to end

The Torture Report, Part 2: Is Torture A Necessary Evil? (Opinion Piece)

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In 1989, the CIA told Congress that, “…inhumane physical or psychological techniques are counterproductive because they do not produce intelligence and will probably result in false answers.”   Less than 15 years later, the CIA was torturing detainees in secret prisons around the world in an attempt to gather intel following the attacks of 9/11. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on this “enhanced interrogation” program, released this past Tuesday, appears to have confirmed what the CIA itself told Congress about the ineffectiveness of torture back

The Senate Intelligence Committee Torture Report: The Basics

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On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a 525-page summary of their investigation into the Central Intelligence Agency’s “Detention and Interrogation” programs. The report has already sparked condemnation from all around the globe. China, North Korea and Iran (countries that the US has criticized for human violations in recent years) all took the opportunity to point out the apparent hypocrisy revealed by the torture report. Ben Emmerson, the UN’s special rapporteur for counter-terrorism and human rights, called for the prosecution of any and all officials

Russia/U.S. Tension Grows: U.S. Sends 100 Tanks Into Eastern Europe To Counter “Russian Aggression”

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According to The Washington Times… “The U.S. Army plans to send 100 Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into Eastern Europe as a deterrent to “Russian aggression”. ”   The aggression being referred to is in reference to Russia’s annexation of Crimea during the recent Ukrainian uprising, and the continued presence of Russian military forces in eastern Ukraine, where government forces are still skirmishing with pro-Russian rebels. Russia has repeatedly denied any involvement in eastern Ukraine, but NATO (the North

US Funded/Published Textbooks Promoting Jihad Are Still Being Used by Taliban Today

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In the late 1970s, Afghanistan went through a period of political upheaval – exacerbated by the global chess game being played between the Soviet Union and the United States during the Cold War. In 1975, a group of militants from the Jamiat Islami party attempted to overthrow the government. Though the attempt was unsuccessful, support for the Islamist party continued to grow. In April of 1978, Mir Akbar Khyber – a well-known Afghan intellectual and leader of a major faction of the People’s Democratic Party

The Effects of Cheap Oil: Russia’s Economy Has Shrunk to the Size of Korea’s or Spain’s

Monday was a very bad day for the already-struggling Russian economy. The rouble (Russia’s currency) suffered its largest single-day decline since 1998, losing 9% of its value in a matter of hours. The drop was a response to yet another fall in the price of oil, which now sits at a five-year low of $67.50/barrel. It’s been a long series of bad news for the Russian economy lately. Since Russia annexed Crimea during the Ukrainian uprising in March, the United States and

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