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Don't Forget Maher Arar's Rendition to Syria

Maher ArarPresident Obama has just announced that the U.S. government has decided to formally recognize the rebel group that is trying to oust Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power.

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Uncertainty about Chavez's Health

Hugo ChavezOn December 8, Chavez announced he'll return to Cuba. More surgery is needed. It'll be his fourth for cancer. Tests after his October reelection found no reoccurrence.

In late November, he returned to Havana for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). It enhances natural healing. It involves breathing 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. It's used to prevent bone decay from radiation therapy.

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Russia's 'symmetrical' beef with the US

lavrovby Robin Forestier-Walker

To me it seems like a strange response. But it reveals an inner logic of the official Russian reaction to the Magnitsky Act (aka the Russia and Moldova Jackson Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountaibilty Act of 2012). 

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Top US Officials Guilty of War Crimes

admiral-michael-mullenMore than 30 top U.S. officials, including presidents G.W. Bush and Obama, are guilty of war crimes or crimes against peace and humanity “legally akin to those perpetrated by the former Nazi regime in Germany,” the distinguished American international law authority Francis Boyle charges.

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Protesting US 'Right To Work' law

Michiganby John Terrett

An elderly man grabbed my arm as I was weaving through the crowd outside the Capitol building in Michigan's capital city, Lansing.

"Please tell the world I spent 30 years in the car industry and the United Auto Workers union got me my small pension - just enough to pay my light bill - but I'm grateful."

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