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Live Blogging: Hassan al-Lawzi

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over 4 years ago

For those with an internet connection and an interest, Minister of Information, Hassan al-Lawzi is on al-Jazeera at the moment. One of his statements stood out: "Yemen is suffering from the interference of some Iranian religious figures in Yemeni affairs." Of all the things Yemen is suffering ...

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New Site of Interest

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over 4 years ago

I have added a new site to the "sites of interest" tag on the side. This site is devoted to Jarallah 'Umar, the YSP politician who was assassinated in December 2002. There are a number of other sites that I have bookmarked on my computer, which I will be adding in the coming days as time and my ...

Daylight Atheism

Maybe Jesus Will Save Us After All

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over 4 years ago

By Sarah Braasch I think I destroyed someone's faith yesterday. Or, in truth, I think I may have struck the definitive blow. This doesn't bother me. Unlike what many atheists espouse, for fear of being labeled evangelical proselytizers of disbelief, I actively seek the de-conversion of humanity ...

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Cartoon Terror Plot

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An American and a Canadian have been arrested in Chicago charged with preparing terrorist attacks against the Jyllands-Posten newspaper – the paper which was condemned worldwide for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed – and other Danish targets. “Those charged are reported to be David ...

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UN Staff Killed

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“Gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a guest house used by UN staff in the heart of the Afghan capital early Wednesday, killing 12 people — including six UN staff — officials said. The US Embassy said one of the UN dead was American. A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the early morning ...

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Anti-Healthcare Ads

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“Looking to build pressure on moderate Democrats, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it will begin airing new TV ads in seven states and on national cable television attacking the emerging legislation, including a government-run insurance option. The chamber, the country's largest business ...

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Trojan Horse

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over 4 years ago

A new form of troublesome computer virus the Bredolab Trojan horse has been hitching a ride on the back of Facebook’s password reset email confirmation, according to CNET news. “Some users are receiving the e-mail from ‘The Facebook Team,’ according to the security firm. The sender's e-mail address ...

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Angry Acronyms

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over 4 years ago

Californian governor and Hollywood hard-man Arnold Schwarzenegger has been accused of sending a hidden “f*** you” to a Democratic assemblyman who heckled him during a recent interview in San Francisco. In a personal note giving reasons as to why he has refused to sign a bill proposed by the heckler ...

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Karzai CIA Link?

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over 4 years ago

The New York Times has reported that Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president Hamid Karzai, is on the payroll of the Central Intelligence Agency. It says that Karzai, who is a suspected player in country’s opium trade, has received regular payments from the CIA over the last eight ...

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“Aura” Migraine Risk

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Young women who have migraines with auras you are twice as likely to have a stroke new research has found, reports the BBC. “Auras are sensory or visual disturbances that occur before or during a migraine headache. Based on available evidence, the risk is greater if the woman is under 45, smokes ...