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Not Another Damn War! – Hands Off Iran

Across the country on Saturday, Feb. 4, thousands of people took to the streets to oppose a new war on Iran. Demonstrators converged before the White House at 12 noon in Washington, D.C., to denounce the campaign of sanctions, assassinations and war threats being waged against Iran by the United States and its allies.

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Most ships involved in arms and drugs trafficking are based in world’s richest countries | SIPRI

More than 60% of ships involved in reported cases of sanctions-busting or illicit transfers of arms, drugs, other military equipment and sensitive dual-use goods that could be used in the development of missiles and weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are owned by companies based in the EU, NATO or other OECD states, according to the first comprehensive study on maritime trafficking released today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

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Obama Blames Congress For Inaction On Climate Change, While Calling For Increase In Fossil Fuel Production | ThinkProgress

Praising the boom in domestic oil and gas drilling, Obama announced that he is “directing my Administration to open more than 75 percent of our potential offshore oil and gas resources.” He called for “every possible action” to develop “a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years.” The “one hundred years” supply of gas is questionable. More importantly, burning that supply would emit about 100 billion tons of carbon dioxide.

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Guantanamo, Ten Years On | Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International

On Jan. 11, 2002, the United States brought the first 20 prisoners to the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, marking the beginning of a program of indefinite detention without charge or trial of terrorism suspects that has lasted 10 years. Since then, a total of 779 prisoners have been held at the facility. Provisions in the NDAA for 2012 codify the practice of indefinite detention without trial into US law.

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Yemen: The Amazing Life March Arrives in Sanaa | Global Voices

Yemen’s revolutionaries are not deterred nor did they give up on their demands despite the signing of the strongly rejected Gulf Cooperation Council’s initiative proposed in April and finally signed by Saleh on November 23rd, providing a so called mechanism for him to “relinquish” power. They went out on a 264km march on foot from the city of Taiz in ...

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Kim Jong-il, North Korean leader, dies | guardian.co.uk

Kim Jong-il, the "dear leader" still venerated by many in North Korea but reviled abroad, has died aged 69, state media announced on Monday morning. The official KCNA news agency described his young son and heir apparent as "the great successor," urging the nation, people and military to rally behind and "faithfully revere" Kim Jong-un. The Guardian and other sources report.

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