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Where The "Neutral" OSCE Mission in Ukraine Blames The Wrong Side

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has a military observer mission in east Ukraine. The mission is supposed to equally watch both sides of the conflict and to report incidents and military compliance with the agreements reached in the Minsk 2 ceasefire.
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Hillary Clinton fired US Ambassador to Kenya for using personal email account

Jake Tapper points out a very important detail in all of this. Hillary Clinton and her staff have only turned over a limited number of emails from her time as Secretary of State, but the Federal Records Act requires all communication conducted by cabinet officials to be permanently archived.
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CPS Charges Parents With ‘Neglect’ For Allowing Kids to Walk Home From Playground

The Maryland parents under investigation over letting their children walk home by themselves have been found "responsible for unsubstantiated child neglect" by local child protective services. Danielle and Alexander Meitiv said they received a letter last weekend notifying them of the Feb. 20 decision in a case that has garnered national debate over parenting styles and philosophy. They plan to appeal the finding but said they first consulted with an attorney before commenting publicly Monday.
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Canadian Border Patrol Charge Traveler With 'Obstruction' For Refusing To Give Up His Phone Password

In the US, there have been a number of cases concerning searches of computers and electronic devices at the border, with an unfortunately large number saying that you really don't have privacy rights at the border. Of course, it's not universal, as at least one important court has ruled otherwise. Up in Canada, however, there apparently hasn't been much caselaw on this issue, so assuming Philippon fights this, it could make for a very interesting case.
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Missouri Senators Call for Dissolving the Entire Ferguson Police Department

This week, it was reported that two senators in Missouri have called for the Ferguson Police Department to be dissolved. This call for action comes on the heels of a federal report that uncovered systematic racial bias within the ranks of the department. Democratic Sens. Jamilah Nasheed and Maria Chappelle-Nadal suggested on Wednesday that the corruption that exists within the Ferguson Police Department is so deep that other lawmakers should consider disbanding the police department entirely and start from scratch.
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10 emerging technologies that could change the world in 2015

Technology is perhaps the greatest agent of change in the modern world. While never without risk, technological breakthroughs promise innovative solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time. From zero-emission cars fuelled by hydrogen to computer chips modelled on the human brain, this year’s 10 emerging technologies offer a vivid glimpse of the power of innovation to improve lives, transform industries and safeguard our planet.
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Oklahoma Scientists Agreed to Keep Quiet about Fracking-Earthquake Link for 5 Years

State scientists in Oklahoma have avoided for the past five years saying anything publicly about the link between the state’s increase in earthquakes and the use of hydraulic fracturing to boost oil and gas production. But privately the scientists thought differently about the controversy.
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Common Core rebellion: Thousands of HS students walk out over test

Two New Mexico high school students who organized what became thousands of kids to walk out of class this week appeared on national TV Thursday to explain why they did it — and describe the ugly reality that is Common Core.
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Cop Pulls Shotgun and Taunts Protesters: ‘Are You Scared? Are You Scared?’

Recently, the NYPD pledged to stop policing protests with machine guns. But the Port Authority has decided that tactical shotguns are still a must to keep peaceful demonstrators in line. Not only that, but Friday night, as protesters converged on Penn Station, armed only with banners and pictures as they recited the names of people who have been killed at the hands of the NYPD, one cop decided to pull a shotgun on them.
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Nearly 100 families lose homes each day in Spain

Nearly 35,000 home foreclosures were carried out last year in Spain, or 95 each day, as families struggled to make mortgage payments despite a rebound in the economy, official data published Thursday showed.
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US Expands Russian-Aimed Propaganda Budget by More than 100%

Despite its denial of any involvement in the Ukrainian crisis, and repeated criticism of Russian media, a senior official now admits that the US State Department has nearly doubled its funding for its Russian-language propaganda programs, since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis.
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Japan eyes MI6-style spy agency as it seeks to shed pacifist past

Japan is looking into creating an overseas intelligence agency possibly modelled on Britain's MI6 spy service, ruling party lawmakers say, 70 years after Allied victors dismantled Japan's fearsome military intelligence apparatus following World War Two.
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Gen. Petraeus: Too Big to Jail

While lesser Americans face years in jail for leaking secrets – even to inform fellow citizens of government abuses – retired Gen. David Petraeus gets a misdemeanor wrist-slap for exposing covert officers and lying about it, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who was jailed just for trying to ask Petraeus a question.
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Hacked: U.S. ambassador gets 80 stitches after knife attack

The U.S. ambassador to South Korean was recovering late Thursday after he was attacked here by a nationalist in a rare spasm of anti-American violence that runs contrary to mainstream support in this country for close ties between Seoul and Washington.
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According to two FCC commissioners, those new regulations are bad all around

The Obama administration and proponents of the FCC’s version of net neutrality may be ecstatic at the passing of regulations that make the Internet a public utility on Feb. 26th, but not all FCC members are so sunny in their outlook for the future.
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US Considering Openly Arming Syrian al-Qaeda Faction, al-Nusra

As reported at, the US and some of its regional client dictatorships are prodding the major al-Qaeda faction operating in Syria, a brutal terrorist group called al-Nusra, to “re-brand” so the US can openly arm it.
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Financial collapse leads to war

Any rationale for war will do, be it terrorists foreign and domestic, Big Bad Russia, or hallucinated space aliens. Military success is unimportant, because failure is even better than success for maintaining order because it makes it possible to force through various emergency security measures. Various training runs, such as the military occupation of Boston following the staged bombings at the Boston Marathon, have already taken place. The surveillance infrastructure and the partially privatized prison-industrial complex are already in place for locking up the undesirables. A really huge failure would provide the best rationale for putting the economy on a war footing, imposing martial law, suppressing dissent, outlawing “extremist” political activity and so on.
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US Soldiers Readying for Ukraine Deployment

The US Army is preparing to send approximately 300 troops at a time to train Ukrainian forces in western Ukraine, according to documents posted on a government contracting site. A solicitation posted in late February said that the US government is looking for a contractor to provide seven 50-passenger buses from March 5 through Oct. 31 for the purpose of ferrying up to 300 US troops from the L'viv International airport to the International Peace Keeping and Security Center at the Yavoriv training range in the far west of Ukraine.
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Lockheed demos new high-power laser weapon

A 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system from Lockheed Martin successfully disabled a vehicle engine from a distance of more than one mile.
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Who’s Profiting from Police Body Cameras? The Company that Makes Taser Guns

With agencies rushing to buy cameras for officers in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, Taser International has broadened its sales with deals for the cameras. The company announced this week that it has signed deals with 16 law enforcement agencies for its AXON body-worn video cameras. It also sells a cloud-based software system,, for departments to store and manage footage captured by the cameras, which Taser proudly says is used by more than 25% of law enforcement agencies in the country.
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