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2,000 Killed In Nigeria


President Carter To Jon Stewart: The 'Palestinian Problem' is 'Part Of' The Terrorist Problem

Former President Jimmy Carter appeared on the Jon Stewart Daily Show this past Monday. Carter, who is a peace advocate, and outspoken critic of Israeli's occupation of Palestine, was asked if he thought religion played a part of the January 7th Paris terrorist attack. Carter replied:

"One of the origins for it is the Palestinian problem, and this affects people who are affiliated in any way with the Arab people who live in the West Bank and Gaza – what they're doing now, what's being done to them. So I think that's part of it."


Jeremy Scahill on CNN: "I think CNN&MSNBC&FOX are engaging in TERRORISM EXPERT INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX"

Journalist and documentarian Jeremy Scahill confronted CNN International host Hala Gorani on Tuesday with his harsh criticism of both some world leaders showing solidarity toward France and her network’s handling of the recent terrorist attacks in the country.

“Hypocrisy was on full display on Sunday, with all of these world leaders; many of them are enemies of the press, themselves,” Scahill said. “I also think that CNN and MSNBC and Fox are engaging in the terrorism expert industrial complex. You have people on as paid analysts that are largely frauds who have made a lot of money off of portraying themselves as terror experts, and have no actual on-the-ground experience.”


In the USA, a total of 25 staff political cartoonists are employed by the nation’s 1,350 newspapers

In the United States, a total of 25 staff political cartoonists are employed by the nation’s 1,350 newspapers,


Saudi Cleric Issues Fatwa Forbidding Snowmen

DUBAI (Reuters) - A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious ruling forbidding the building of snowmen, described them as anti-Islamic.

Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country's north, Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid replied: "It is not permitted to make a statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun."

Quoting from Muslim scholars, Sheikh Munajjid argued that to build a snowman was to create an image of a human being, an action considered sinful under the kingdom's strict interpretation of Sunni Islam.

"God has given people space to make whatever they want which does not have a soul, including trees, ships, fruits, buildings and so on," he wrote in his ruling.


The Prophet Mohammed: Just Call Me "STEVE"

Conservatives are now free-speech warriors. Where were they during repression of Occupy Wall St?

Fox News’ Hebdo confusion: Why its new “free speech” obsession is a sham
Suddenly it's super-concerned about the right to expression -- which means these flip-flops can't be far away



I’m sure conservatives found the Occupy message uncomfortable, and they had every right to oppose it and offer rebuttals. But they’ve spent the last week arguing that it’s wrong to extinguish that uncomfortable speech, to narrow the zones where that expression can take place. In fact they’ve called anyone who tries to shut down speech the moral equivalent of a terrorist. Does that also count for the nation’s law enforcement apparatus knocking out those who question the effectiveness of unregulated crony capitalism and soaring inequality?

We’ve seen this before in America, of course. Gilded Age progressives who dared challenge the system found themselves beaten and even killed for their demands for justice. That modern movements have thus far struggled to find the same eventual success may be chalked up to our Age of Acquiescence, our inability to conceive of a better lot for ourselves. Or maybe we’re just at the beginning of a generational struggle for economic justice. But it certainly makes it harder at the beginnings of that movement that too few would defend something so simple as their right to speak.

With public protest undergoing a renaissance in America, this is more than a rhetorical point. You cannot pick and choose which free speech is worthy of defense and which can be allowed to wither. You cannot vow eternal support of the right to blaspheme the Prophet Mohammed and go silent with that support when someone questions the secular religion of our economic and political system.

The dissolution of Occupy is rarely discussed as a free speech issue. But maybe amid a new round of protests for justice and dignity, we can get a reassessment. The marketplace of ideas shouldn’t have a boundary around it to keep out anything outside the range of acceptability. If you tweet #JeSuisCharlie, to be consistent you should add #JeSuisOccupy.


Elizabeth Warren wins on Antonio Weiss nomination Antonio Weiss pulls out of Treasury slot

Elizabeth Warren wins on Antonio Weiss nomination
Antonio Weiss pulls out of Treasury slot; will instead serve as counselor.
By BEN WHITE 1/12/15 5:00 PM EST Updated 1/13/15 6:21 AM EST
NEW YORK — Antonio Weiss, the Wall Street banker who President Barack Obama had picked to be the third-ranking official at the Treasury Department, has asked that the president not resend his nomination to the Senate following a major backlash from progressive Democrats who questioned his ties to the financial industry, POLITICO has learned.

Obama accepted the decision, which Weiss conveyed in a letter to the president over the weekend. But the Lazard banker will still join the administration in the position of counselor to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, which does not require Senate confirmation.

Obama last year nominated Weiss, a widely admired banker with decades of experience in the industry, to the position of Under Secretary for Domestic Finance. He would have been responsible for helping managing the nation’s $18 trillion debt portfolio as well communicating with Congress over budget and other issues.
But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who came out strongly against the nomination, along with some others progressive Democrats, said that Weiss did not have enough regulatory experience and would be too deferential to the finance industry.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/antonio-weiss-pulls-out-treasury-undersecretary-114191.html#ixzz3Oi9Kw900

Maddow: Until I saw this, I didn't understand. Paris sings Imagine.

Maddow: Until I saw this, I didn't understand. Video: Paris sings Imagine.

I had heard the news about how huge the rally was in Paris this weekend. I had read the reports about what it was like, there on the ground. But until I saw this, this guy turning around his own stereo speakers, to play John Lenon's Imagine, not just in his apartment, but out the window to the crowd below so they could hear it, until I saw his video of the crowd hearing him do that, I did not really understand how big it was, or anything what it was like. (Partial Transcript)

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