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Vladimir Putin Says Russian Economy Will Rebound

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin tried to play down Russia’s dire economic straits in his annual news conference on Thursday, attributing the troubles to declining oil prices that, following…

Forum: A Muslim’s reaction to torture reports — tactics are just wrong

Source: New Haven Register By Sohail Z. Husain Halloween was over a month ago — a day to revel over ghoulish characters and hideous images. And now we are supposed…

U.S. housing starts fall, but trend points to recovery

(Reuters) – U.S. housing starts and permits fell in November, but remained at levels consistent with a gradually improving housing market. Groundbreaking declined 1.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual…

Robert Fisk on the CIA ‘torture report’: Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing. Perhaps Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told his torturers he could fly through the air

Thank God for Noam Chomsky. Not for his lifetime of eviscerating assaults on our political hypocrisy, but for his linguistics. Long before I knew him, undergraduate Fisk laboured at his…

The evangelical giftwrapping of Islamophobia marches on

theguardian: Giles Fraser —- It’s depressing that a decade after I wrote about a Christian charity’s thinly disguised Islamophobia, they’re still at it Franklin Graham (second from right) leads his…

Cheney has no regrets: ‘I would do it again in a minute’

Washington (CNN) – A defiant former Vice President Dick Cheney doubled-down on his defense of the extreme interrogation techniques used by the CIA on detainees in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks…

Orthodox Jews back scarf-wearing Muslim in Abercrombie & Fitch case

Samantha Elauf was 17 when she was rejected by a Tulsa, Okla., branch of the clothing store. Members of any religion that need an accommodation will be put in a…

Guantánamo prisoners released to Uruguay: ‘We are so happy to be here’

theguardian: by Uki Goni — Six former US detainees who were never charged with a crime, were flown to Uruguay on Sunday to begin new lives as refugees Cori Crider,…

Cheap gas could kill U.S. oil export ban

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) The recent drop in gas prices may spell the end for a nearly 40-year old ban on U.S. oil exports. The oil industry has been pushing to…

Student Creates First Ever Man-Made Biological Leaf

HigherPerspective: — The “first man-made biological leaf” could enable humans to colonise space from Dezeen on Vimeo. Another hurdle to prolonged interstellar travel has been passed. RCA Graduate Julian Melchiorri has developed a biological leaf…

EXCLUSIVE: “Corrupt, toxic and sociopathic”: Glenn Greenwald unloads on torture, CIA and Washington’s rotten soul

Salon: It took years until the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report — which shows not only that the CIA’s torture regime was larger and more vicious than…

100 YEARS ON : What the Tramp tells us about Charlie Chaplin – By Michèle Laird

The birth 100 years ago of Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp is celebrated on all five continents this year. In Switzerland, where Chaplin spent the last 22 years of his life,…

Gitmo inmate: My treatment shames American flag

Source: CNN Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (CNN) – I’ve heard that the Senate report on CIA torture is 6,000 pages long. My story, though, takes place elsewhere: in Guantanamo, away from the…

Torture and the U.S. Intelligence Failure

Source: Stratfor By George Friedman The Obama administration published a series of memoranda on torture issued under the Bush administration. The memoranda, most of which dated from the period after…

It is our indignation, not that of the Arab world, that torturers fear. We are the bad guys too The Muslim world has been enraged about these crimes for years

by Robert Fisk, The Independent Up to the end, they wanted to keep it secret. And the vicious psychopaths and sadists that ran the CIA’s torture centres “on our behalf”…

[Urdu Artcile] Naseehato’n ka Guldasta (35) by Imam Shamshad A. Nasir

Kindly click on the images to zoom them, Jazakallah. Imam Shamshad A. Nasir Shamshad A. Nasir is imam & missionary-in-charge of the Baitul ul  Jaam’e Mosque, Glen Ellyn Cell Phone: 909-636-8332 | Email: Shamshadanasir@gmail.com    …

OPEC cuts 2015 demand forecast for its oil to lowest in a decade

(Reuters) – Global demand for OPEC crude in 2015 is expected to fall to the lowest level in more than a decade and far below current output, the group said…

Religious Leaders On Senate Torture Report: ‘Complete Moral Bankruptcy’

Religious leaders have been at the forefront of the fight to end torture, and the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 500-page summary on the CIA’s treatment of terrorism suspects seems to have…

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