Wednesday, January 19, 2011

House Begins Debate on Health Care Repeal

House Begins Debate on Health Care Repeal

The House has begun formal debate on the GOP bill to repeal the health care law. Meanwhile, President Obama says he'll work with Democrats and Republicans to improve the new law, but says lawmakers shouldn't "go backward." (Jan. 18)

2 Students Hurt at LA School When Gun Discharges

2 Students Hurt at LA School When Gun Discharges

A gun in a 10th-grader's backpack accidentally discharged when he dropped the bag, wounding two students at a high school Tuesday, Los Angeles police and school authorities said. (Jan. 18)

Former Peace Corps Dir. R. Sargent Shriver Dies

Former Peace Corps Dir. R. Sargent Shriver Dies

He was often known as a member of the Kennedy family, through his late wife, Eunice. But Sargent Shriver had his own share of historic achievements. Shriver died Tuesday at a hospital in suburban Washington. He was 95. (Jan. 18)

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re's the latest news for Tuesday January 18th: Chinese president arrives in U.S.; Former Haitian dictator headed to court; Camden, New Jersey to cut half of police officers, one-third of firefighters; Starbucks rolls out 31 ounce drinks.

Deep Layoffs Take Effect in Struggling NJ City

Deep Layoffs Take Effect in Struggling NJ City

Nearly half the police force and close to one-third of the firefighters in Camden, New Jersey were laid off Tuesday as the city faces a huge budget deficit and declining state aid. (Jan. 18)

Haitian Police Take Ex-dictator to Court

Haitian Police Take Ex-dictator to Court
Haitian police led ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier out of his hotel and took him to court Tuesday without saying whether he was being charged with crimes committed under his brutal regime. (Jan. 18)

Video: China's Leader Arrives in U.S.

Video: China's Leader Arrives in U.S.

Chinese President Hu Jintao lands at Andrews Air Force base for a state visit to the United States. He was welcomed upon his arrival by Vice President Joe Biden and a military color guard. (Jan. 18)

Charges Against 2 Dropped in Mass. Uzi Death

Charges Against 2 Dropped in Mass. Uzi Death
A Massachusetts prosecutor dropped involuntary manslaughter charges against two men in connection with the death of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a gun show, citing last week's acquittal of a third defendant. (Jan. 18)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Comcast Wins Approval to Take Over NBC

Comcast Wins Approval to Take Over NBC

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday gave Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, the green light to take over NBC Universal, home of the NBC television network. (Jan. 18)

Video: Protests Ahead of China's State Visit

Video: Protests Ahead of China's State Visit

Demonstrators demanding freedom for Tibet, protested the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is arriving in the U.S. for a state visit beginning on Tuesday. (Jan. 18)

Pacific Northwest Floods After Snow Melts

Pacific Northwest Floods After Snow Melts

In Washington and Oregon, rushing water is blocking roads and washing away soil, leaving some homes teetering. Melting snow is to blame for all the water. (Jan. 18)

White House: Health Care Repeal 'Not Serious'

White House: Health Care Repeal 'Not Serious'

The White House is dismissing a vote by House Republicans to repeal the new health care law, saying it's not "a serious legislative effort." (Jan. 18)

Haitian Police Take Ex-dictator Out of His Hotel

Haitian Police Take Ex-dictator Out of His Hotel
Haitian police took ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier out of his hotel Tuesday without saying whether he was being detained for crimes committed under his brutal regime. (Jan. 18)

Video: Police Remove Duvalier From Hotel

Video: Police Remove Duvalier From Hotel

Haitian police took ex-dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier out of his hotel Tuesday without saying whether he was being detained for crimes committed under his brutal regime. (Jan. 18)


4 Ministers Quit New Tunisia Government

4 Ministers Quit New Tunisia Government

Four ministers quit Tunisia's day-old government on Tuesday, undermining its hopes of quelling unrest by sharing power with members of the opposition to the old regime. (Jan. 18)

Iraq Suffers Deadliest Attack in Months

Iraq Suffers Deadliest Attack in Months

A suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of police recruits on Tuesday, killing at least 45 people and undercutting Iraqi security efforts as the nation struggles to show it can protect itself without foreign help. (Jan. 18)

Nun Tells of Healing After Praying to John Paul

Nun Tells of Healing After Praying to John Paul
A French nun has described her Parkinson's disease disappearing after she prayed to the late Pope John Paul II. The Vatican has approved the miracle and set a May 1 date for John Paul's beatification. (Jan. 18)

Taiwan's Unusual Public Missile Test Fizzles

Taiwan's Unusual Public Missile Test Fizzles

Taiwan tested a batch of missiles Tuesday, hoping to reassure a population wary of Chinese intentions. But a high failure rate at the widely publicized event may have given it the opposite effect. (Jan. 18)

Video: Major Fire at Indian Oil Depot

Video: Major Fire at Indian Oil Depot
A major fire broke out at an Indian Oil Corporation depot near the Indian city of Navi Mumbai in the early hours on Tuesday. (Jan. 18)

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Here's the latest news for Tuesday, January 18th: Icy roads hinder Northeast commuters, Philadelphia police make arrest in serial stranglings, Protestors riot in Tunisa, Giffords' husband says he's forgiving

Video: Massive Fire at Indian Oil Depot

Video: Massive Fire at Indian Oil Depot

A massive fire broke out at an Indian Oil Corporation depot near the Indian city of Navi Mumbai in the early hours on Tuesday. (Jan. 18)

US Pomp Meant to Improve Tone of China Relations

US Pomp Meant to Improve Tone of China Relations

Chinese President Hu Jintao arrives in Washington this week for a state visit as

Health Care Repeal Debate Starts Tuesday

Health Care Repeal Debate Starts Tuesday

Postponed because of the Tucson shootings, House Republicans are set to resume their bid to repeal the health care reform law Tuesday. (Jan. 18)

Taiwan's Unusual Public Missile Test Fizzles

Taiwan's Unusual Public Missile Test Fizzles

Taiwan tested a batch of missiles Tuesday, hoping to reassure a population wary of Chinese intentions. But a high failure rate at the widely publicized event may have given it the opposite effect. (Jan. 18)

Elephant Keeper Killed at Tenn. Zoo

Elephant Keeper Killed at Tenn. Zoo

A keeper at the Knoxville Zoo has been killed after an elephant she was working with pushed her into a stall. The zoo says an independent investigation will be launched, but it appears the elephant was not attacking the keeper. (Jan. 18)

Jim Rogers: Easy to blame the Chinese for America's problems

Jim Rogers: Easy to blame the Chinese for America's problems

As Washington prepares to roll out the red carpet for Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit, the stakes could not be higher but what will come out of these discussions? Investor and Author Jim Rogers says very little will come from the meetings, maybe China opens its currency a bit more and the US will get rid of some debt but not much else.

Attempted hijacking of MLK's legacy

Attempted hijacking of MLK's legacy

On the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, some, including a Pentagon official, are invoking the name of Dr. Martin Luther King to try to drum up support for US wars abroad. Those who knew Dr. King say this claim couldn't be further from the truth.

MLK would oppose US imperialism

MLK would oppose US imperialism

As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of equality, many believe the Pentagon hijacked his legacy to justify wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Former Weather Underground member and author Mark Rudd says a year before his death, Dr. King came out against the war Vietnam War. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are wars of aggression and Dr. King would be opposed to these.

Does Obama ignore African Americans?

Does Obama ignore African Americans?

As African American unemployment remains at over 15 percent, the Black community questions whether placing hopes on Obama was a mistake. RT's Anastasia Churkina reports.

Mainstream Media sold Gulf War

Mainstream Media sold Gulf War

20 years ago the United States and its allies launched Operation Desert Storm to fight back Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. Has the United States learned any lessons since? Author John R. MacArthur says the US mainstream media worked as agents for the government, if you can sell propaganda to neutral news stations it is easy to sell the public.

Warfare state: US stays course

Warfare state: US stays course

The US plans to spend 725 billion dollars on its military activity this year. It is the worlds largest-ever defense budget and it comes amid a flagging economy and burgeoning national debts. When it comes to the Afghan war, well over half of Americans oppose it. And, after a year of record casualties and having ploughed in over $366 billion, why is the US committed to staying the course?

US military stuck in perpetual warfare

US military stuck in perpetual warfare

Fifty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned United States citizens against the military industrial complex but it seems that warning was not taken to heart. Author Russ Baker says fifty years later, it is much worse than what Eisenhower warned against, it keeps us in a state of low grade panic all the time.

Man Linked to Philly Stranglings Case Arrested

Man Linked to Philly Stranglings Case Arrested

A man recently released from prison and linked by DNA to three strangling deaths in a gritty section of Philadelphia has been arrested, police said Monday. (Jan. 17)

More Coffee: Starbucks Rolls Out "Trenta"

More Coffee: Starbucks Rolls Out "Trenta"

Starbucks will begin a phased-in nationwide rollout Tuesday of its "Trenta" cup size. The 31-ounce cup will cost about 50 cents more than the 20-ounce "Venti". (Jan. 18)

Husband: Giffords Smiled and Gave Him Neck Rub

Husband: Giffords Smiled and Gave Him Neck Rub

The husband of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords says his wife's condition has improved so much that she has been able to smile and give him a neck rub as he has kept vigil at her hospital bedside. (Jan. 17)

Today in History for January 18th

Today in History for January 18th

January 18th: Soviets proclaim end to Leningrad siege; Robert F. Scott reaches South Pole; Boston Strangler sentenced; Rudyard Kipling dies.

Video: Pets Blessed at Annual Ceremony

Video: Pets Blessed at Annual Ceremony

About 30 pet owners gathered outside the Saint Anthony of Abad church in Mexico City on Monday to have their animals blessed in a Catholic ceremony called the 'Blessing of Pets.' (Jan.17)

Man Linked to Philly Stranglings Case Arrested

Man Linked to Philly Stranglings Case Arrested

A man linked by DNA to the strangling deaths of three women in a gritty, high-crime section of Philadelphia was arrested Monday, police said. (Jan. 17)

Troops Building Bridges in Brazil Slide Zone

Troops Building Bridges in Brazil Slide Zone

Brazil's army on Monday sent 700 soldiers to help throw a lifeline to desperate neighborhoods that have been cut off from food, water or help in recovering bodies since mudslides killed at least 655 people. (Jan. 17)

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re's the latest news for Monday, Jan. 17: Obama remembers Martin Luther King, Jr.; Husband of Giffords says she is responsive; Apple head Jobs is taking medical leave; Mudslides leave animals abandoned.

Egyptian Sets Self on Fire

Egyptian Sets Self on Fire

An Egyptian man set himself on fire outside the country's parliament on Monday, in an apparent protest emulating the self-immolation of an unemployed Tunisian man last month that helped trigger a popular uprising.

Michelle Obama's Birthday at MLK Event

Michelle Obama's Birthday at MLK Event
President Barack obama and first lady Michelle Obama took part in a painting project at a school in Washington to celebrate the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday. It was also Michelle Obama's birthday. (Jan. 17)

Banker Hands Tax Evasion Docs to WikiLeaks

Banker Hands Tax Evasion Docs to WikiLeaks

A former Swiss banker hands over documents to WikiLeaks that he alleges detail attempts by wealthy business leaders and lawmakers to evade tax payments. (Jan. 17)

Doctors: Treatment of Giffords' Eye Fractures

Doctors: Treatment of Giffords' Eye Fractures

Doctors at the University Medical Center in Tucson gives briefing on the latest progress of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords condition. (Jan. 17)

Monday, January 17, 2011

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Here's the latest news for Monday, January 17th: Giffords condition upgraded, Obamas volunteer for MLK Day, Second Australian region faces massive flooding, Facebook movie leads Golden Globes

New Clashes With Police in Tunisia

New Clashes With Police in Tunisia

Police fired tear gas on protesters in Tunis on Monday. It is the latest clash in days of tension since the departure of the country's deposed president. (Jan. 17)

Flood Prep, Cleanup Continue in Australia

Flood Prep, Cleanup Continue in Australia

Towns in Australia's Victoria state were bracing for high water Monday, while those in Queensland continued to clean up after their devastating flooding. (17 January 2011)

Raw Video: Animals Rescued From Brazilian Floods

Raw Video: Animals Rescued From Brazilian Floods

Animals left homeless in the massive floods in Brazil are being rescued and cared for in local shelters. (Jan. 17)

Heavy Rains Cause Landslides in Northwest

Heavy Rains Cause Landslides in Northwest

Heavy rains across Washington and Oregon over the weekend caused multiple landslides that shut down roads across the region and threatened to top rivers already swollen with melted snow. (Jan. 17)

John Bolton Uncensored: the next US President?

John Bolton Uncensored: the next US President?

RT's Dina Gusovsky sits down with former UN Ambassador John Bolton for a candid conversation about his views on the new START Treaty, relations with China, defense spending, and a potential run for President in 2012. Bolton says that he believes if he were to run, he would get the Republican nomination and go head to head with President Obama in 2012. Bolton feels that the Obama administration has mishandled several national security issues, which has driven him to consider his own presidential run.

Today in History for January 17th

Today in History for January 17th.
January 17th: Ben Franklin born; Warsaw liberated from the Nazis; Eisenhower's farewell address; Magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Japan; Al Capone, Muhammad Ali born

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Here's the latest news for Sunday, Jan. 16: Tucson Tea Party co-founder worried about threats; Ariz. shooting victim's organs donated to Boston girl; 3 killed in Hungary disco stampede; Violence rages on in Tunisia.

Young Ariz. Victim's Organs Given to Boston Girl

Young Ariz. Victim's Organs Given to Boston Girl

The father of the youngest victim of the Arizona massacre says some of her organs have been donated to a young girl in the Boston area. (Jan. 16)

"Sully" Reflects, 2 Years After Hudson Landing

"Sully" Reflects, 2 Years After Hudson Landing

Retired US Airways Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger looks back on the "Miracle on the Hudson," two years after he successfully landed a passenger jet in the Hudson River after its engines were disabled by bird strikes. (Jan. 14)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Raw Video: 3 Die in Hungary Disco Stampede

Raw Video: 3 Die in Hungary Disco Stampede

Three young women have died in a stampede at a Hungarian nightclub according to police. (Jan. 16)

Raw Video: Motorcycle Lovers Gather in Cuba

Raw Video: Motorcycle Lovers Gather in Cuba

Cuba's Karl Marx Theater, best known for staging Fidel Castro speeches, played host to motorcycle enthusiasts Saturday. Thousands gathered for an event featuring vintage Harley-Davidsons, previously seen as symbols of American imperialism. (Jan. 16)

Arizona Shooting Victim Arrested After Threat

Arizona Shooting Victim Arrested After Threat

One of the Arizona shooting victims was arrested Saturday and then taken for a psychiatric evaluation after authorities said he took a picture of a tea party leader at a televised town hall meeting and yelled: "you're dead." (Jan. 15)

Loughner Video Sheds Light on State of Mind

Loughner Video Sheds Light on State of Mind

A video shot by the suspected Arizona gunman shows him touring his former community college campus at night and rambling about free speech and the Constitution. (Jan. 15)

Gunmen Torch 14 NATO Oil Tankers in Pakistan

Gunmen Torch 14 NATO Oil Tankers in Pakistan

Gunmen attacked 14 tankers carrying fuel for U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan as they sat parked at a roadside restaurant in southwest Pakistan on Saturday, officials said. (Jan. 15)

Brazil Death Toll Over 600 in Massive Mudslides

Brazil Death Toll Over 600 in Massive Mudslides

Torrential rains and mudslides that struck mountain towns north of Rio de Janeiro have killed more than 600 people according to authorities in Brazil. There are fears the death toll could grow in the days ahead. (Jan. 15)

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Here's the latest news for January 15th: Obama says he'll work with both sides following Tucson shooting; Brazil flood deaths top 600; Gunfire as Tunisia gets interim president; Irreverent memorabilia for Prince William's wedding.

Emergency Responders Talk About Ariz. Shooting

Emergency Responders Talk About Ariz. Shooting

Emergency officials who went to the scene of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others are talking about their response one week after the rampage in Arizona. (Jan. 15)

Company Creates Irreverent Royal Wedding Plates

Company Creates Irreverent Royal Wedding Plates

The creative team at KK Outlet in London were so uninspired by the official merchandise that they came up with some alternative designs to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29. (Jan. 15)

Tunisia Grapples With Looting, New Leader Sworn

Tunisia Grapples With Looting, New Leader Sworn.

Tunisia swore in a new interim president on Saturday, the second change of power in this North African nation in less than 24 hours, and grappled with looting, deadly fires and widespread unrest after protests forced its longtime leader to flee. (Jan. 15)

GOP Response: No Place for Violence in Society

GOP Response: No Place for Violence in Society

In the GOP address, Rep. Jeff Flake of Arizona invoked last week's shooting in Tucson. He took note that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot during an outreach event, what he called "a fundamental duty of a lawmaker." (Jan. 15)


Obama Address: Tackle Nation's Challenges

Obama Address: Tackle Nation's Challenges

Citing "great challenges for us to solve," President Barack Obama is pledging to work with Democrats and Republicans following the Arizona shooting that killed six, wounded a member of Congress and brought legislative debate to a standstill. (Jan. 15)

day in History: January 15th

day in History: January 15th

Martin Luther King, Jr. Born; Queen Elizabeth I crowned; Work completed on the Pentagon. (Jan .15)

Send in the clowns

Send in the clowns

What's the difference between Washington, DC and a circus? The circus is a better show while Washington, DC -- according to many -- is a disaster unfolding in full view. In a contemporary completely climate that's hard to argue as being anything other than "gridlock", there seems to be an interesting phenomenon going on in the United States... the rise of "clowns". Watch Cedric Moon's documentary on January 19 and 20 on RT.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Latinos in US politics: Sí se puede!

Latinos in US politics: Sí se puede!

New US Census data shows Latinos continue to become a bigger chunk of the American population. With growing numbers come a series of likely political and social changes to the country. As the numbers go, so does political activism and involvement. Latino activist Ron Gochez argued that right now the Latino population is a large part of the electorate, but they will become a gigantic force in the future.

BP, Rosneft strike major stock swap deal

BP, Rosneft strike major stock swap deal

Britain's BP has announced that Russia's Rosneft will take 5 percent of BP's voting shares in a major stock swap. In exchange, BP will receive around 9.5 percent of Rosneft's shares. Philip DeLeon, the president of Trade Connections International explained the new partnership means there will be greater exploration for oil on the Arctic shelve; BP has invested greatly in Russia, and the Russian government is in need of their expertise to move forward.

Peter Schiff: Washington a parasite to economy

Peter Schiff: Washington a parasite to economy

US foreclosures hit record highs in 2010, but that may not be the worst of it. 2011 may be even worse. Meanwhile, JP Morgan Chase exceeded market expectations, announcing a 47% rise in quarterly profits and released details on a $28.1 billion pay and bonus pool. Peter Schiff, the President of Euro Pacific Capital said Washington and Wall Street are becoming one force and are sucking the underlying American dry like a parasite.

DC prospers, while rest of America suffers

DC prospers, while rest of America suffers

While businesses across the US are closing and millions of people are unemployed, Washington DC has managed to flourish in the recession. Federal employees have actually made more money during the recession and more jobs have actually moved to the Washington area. Unlike the rest of the country where foreclosures are common, DC real estate has been stable. RT's Priya Sridhar reports.

tino change for America

tino change for America
The recent US Census indicated Latinos continue to become a bigger chunk of the American population. With growing numbers come a series of political and social changes to the country. The numbers indicate a growth in Latino political clout will change American politics. Mark Lopez, the associate director of the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington explained the rise in Latinos will change the American political map, but he said the population will not always support just one party.

Wall Street vs. Main Street -- What's next?

Wall Street vs. Main Street -- What's next?

The economy is still in trouble! US foreclosures hit record highs in 2010, but that may not be the worst of it. 2011 may be even worse. Meanwhile, JP Morgan Chase exceeded market expectations, announcing a 47% rise in quarterly profits and released details on a $28.1 billion pay and bonus pool. Nomi Prins, a Senior Fellow at Demos USA and the author of "It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bonuses, Bailouts, and Backroom Deals from Washington to Wall Street" argued the recession is ongoing, and will continue unless the government steps in to help the American people, instead of continuing to funnel money to big banks and corporations.

US media fail: Gulf War I propaganda

US media fail: Gulf War I propaganda

Sunday January 16th marks the 20 year anniversary of the first Gulf War, where a UN-authorized coalition force led by the US and United Kingdom fought against Iraq for the purpose of pushing Iraqi troops out of Kuwait. However nay argue the war was really an international attempt to secure access to Kuwaiti oil resource, a notion left highly undiscussed at the time of the conflict. Jeff Cohen, a media critic and journalism professor at Ithaca College said the US media did not investigate, they merely carried US government propaganda, working as an arm of the American political machine. "Most of the things that the American people believed about the war were false."

The United States of Hispanic America

The United States of Hispanic America

Projections of the US 2010 Census shows Latinos continue to become a bigger chunk of the US population. With those huge numbers, come a series of political and social changes to the country. RT's Ramon Galindo goes beyond the numbers to show how Latino families are changing America.

The Resident: Is the US too PC?

The Resident: Is the US too PC?

The Resident takes to the streets of New York to find out what people think of the removal of the "N-word" from "Huck Finn". Has the United States become too politically correct?

Political correctness, tool for politicians

Political correctness, tool for politicians

The United States is a nation of free speech, as long as you are being politically correct that is! Will the politeness lead the United States into an age of wimps and whining babies? RT's Kristine Frazao is joined by John Romano, the founder of yesbuthowever.com and the Deputy Editor of Crushable, Drew Grant.

F**K Political Correctness!

F**K Political Correctness!

Freedom of expression in the US has given way to many things... Pornography, provocative artists, gay pride and political correctness. Language that aims to offend no one. But is the so called PC way of speaking stifling Americans to a point where remaining silent is safer than speaking your mind?

US NGO's not-so-charitable

US NGO's not-so-charitable

Washington DC is home to the White House, Congress and more than 57,000 non-profit organizations. Call them think tanks, NGOs, policy forums or nonprofits, many provide vital services worldwide, while others are created for not-so-charitable purposes.

"Haiti is a global tragedy"

"Haiti is a global tragedy"

It was one year ago that news of a decestating earthquake had struck the island nation of Haiti. After all this time Haiti is still in ruins, the big question is why are Haitians still suffering? The Asia Times Correspondent Pepe Escobar says the United States seeks to exploit Haiti's oil and natural gas reserves that were found by the University of Texas researchers.

US deporting Haitians back to humanitarian crises

US deporting Haitians back to humanitarian crises

Exactly one year ago, a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti killed some 300-thousand people and left 1.5 million homeless. Twelve months later, rubble still fills the streets of Port-au-Prince. A deadly disease is spreading through the country. And the Caribbean nation could be on the edge of full-on political turmoil over last month's disputed election. The US has repeatedly promised to help Haiti overcome its humanitarian crises. So why then, is America deporting Haitians back to the impoverished nation?

US Empire doesn't tolerate Haiti

US Empire doesn't tolerate Haiti
Haiti has had constant turmoil throughout its history but nothing has had the devastating effect on the lives of the Haitian people like the horrific earthquake that struck the country on January 12, 2010. The US has been meddling in Haitian affairs for years and uses aid as a political tool to bend countries like Haiti to their political will. Glen Ford from the Black Agenda says if a little black country stands up and says 'we want to be independent' that represents a danger to the US Empire, not to be tolerated.

Guns don't kill, people kill people!

Guns don't kill, people kill people!
The issue of gun control has become a hot topic in the United States following the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Many politicians in Washington believe they need more security and should be allowed to carry guns to protect themselves. President of the Free State Project Varrin Swearingen believes there is a basic right for self defense and there appears to be a consistent trend with firearms ownership and lower crime.

Gitmo violates International Law

Gitmo violates International Law

It's been 9 years since the opening of the US military detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. It became one of the most notorious detention centers of the 21st century and a highly politicized issue throughout the Bush and Obama administration. President Obama's attempts to shut it down have been shot down numerous times in political battles in Washington, DC. The military base has also been the source of dispute between the US and Cuba's leader Fidel Castro who say the US lease is invalid and the military base serves as an occupation.

Economic disobedience, NYC lashes out

Economic disobedience, NYC lashes out

Persistent high unemployment, rising poverty and shrinking state budgets have made insecurity the norm for America's working class. Hundreds of low-wage workers survive the horrible economy via "economic disobedience" - now pervasive in the low-wage sector. From a supervisor padding paychecks to a grocer sending food home with his employees, the battle for a decent wage rages on.

Activists call for an end to torture at Guantanamo Bay

Activists call for an end to torture at Guantanamo Bay


Despite calls made by President Obama to have the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay shot down and the prisoners transferred, 173 remain inside, most with no plans for a trial or even for charges to be filed against them. Witness Against Torture Activists are hoping to call people into action to change this.

Gitmo protest in front of White House -- Exclusive Footage

Gitmo protest in front of White House -- Exclusive Footage

Rights groups protested at the White House Tuesday, on the ninth anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison which President Barack Obama vowed to shut down in one of his first acts in office. Check out this raw footage RT America was able to capture at the protest event, Tuesday January 11, 2011.

Is Julian Assange a journalist?

Is Julian Assange a journalist?

Support from US journalists for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, was raining down as they benefited from his classified information releases but now it appears he is on his own. Executive Director of The Committee to Protect Journalists Joel Simon says the first amendment guarantees freedom of the press and there has never been a prosecution for disseminating information under the espionage act. If Assange is convicted, it could weaken protection that journalists currently enjoy

Gitmo detainees are "ghost prisoners"

Gitmo detainees are "ghost prisoners"

The Guantanamo Bay prison was supposed to protect the US from terrorism but has become unlawful and a human rights violator. Attorney and Author Kristine Huskey, who represented some of the Guantanamo inmates, says under the Bush Administration they were basically ghost prisoners. They weren't allowed to challenge their detention and weren't even named in many cases; no one knew who was there.

America's gun obsession

America's gun obsession

The United States has had a gun control problem for years but recently with the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, it seems to have been thrust into America's conscious yet again. What is the answer to this violence and what should the US do about its gun problem? RT's Dina Gusovsky is joined by Radio Host Adam Kokesh and Author Kevin Powell to discuss guns in America

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gillibrand Visits Giffords, New Suspect Details

Gillibrand Visits Giffords, New Suspect Details

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) was visiting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the hospital when the injured congresswoman opened her eyes for the first time since the shooting. Meanwhile new details are emerging about suspect Jared Loughner. (Jan. 13)

Queensland Left Stunned As Floods Start Receding

Queensland Left Stunned As Floods Start Receding

Flood waters have begun to recede in Brisbane and other Queensland towns, but officials warned it may be days before many can return to their homes. The death toll from the disaster in northeastern Australia has climbed over two dozen. (Jan. 13)

Raw Video: German Tanker Carrying Acid Capsizes

Raw Video: German Tanker Carrying Acid Capsizes

A tanker loaded with sulphuric acid capsized early on Thursday on the Rhine river in Germany and two crew members were missing, authorities said. (Jan. 13)

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Here's the latest news for Thursday, Jan. 13th: Obama speaks at Tucson memorial; Ohio homeless man heading to rehab; Power outages a problem in Northeast; Mudslides devastate Brazil.

Family of Slain Football Player to Sue Towns

Family of Slain Football Player to Sue Towns

The parents of a college football player who was shot dead in his car by police announced Tuesday that they plan a $120 million lawsuit against the suburban towns whose officers were involved. (Jan. 13)

Favre's Sister Arrested in Meth Bust

Favre's Sister Arrested in Meth Bust

The 34-year-old sister of Vikings quarterback Brett Favre faces drug charges after she was arrested Wednesday in a raid on a Mississippi condo where people were making crystal methamphetamine, authorities say. (Jan. 13)

After Tucson Tragedy, Gun Control Debated

After Tucson Tragedy, Gun Control Debated

Jared Loughner had no trouble buying the pistol that authorities say he used in the Tucson rampage Saturday that left six dead and more than a dozen injured. Some say Arizona needs to re-examine its gun laws. (Jan. 12)

Emotional Obama Urges Americans to Heal

Emotional Obama Urges Americans to Heal

President Barack Obama appealed for civility at a Wednesday memorial service for those attacked in the Arizona shooting rampage and implored a divided America to honor them by becoming a better country. (Jan. 12)

Prayer and Mourning in Haiti a Year After Quake

Prayer and Mourning in Haiti a Year After Quake

iti's capital turned quiet Wednesday as prayer services marked the anniversary of the country's worst natural disaster in history. John Mone reports. (Jan. 12)

Today in History for Jan. 13th

Today in History for Jan. 13th

Today in History for Jan. 13th: Hubert Humphrey dies; Douglas Wilder becomes first black governor; Composer Stephen Foster dies.

Golden-voiced Ohio Homeless Man Headed to Rehab

Golden-voiced Ohio Homeless Man Headed to Rehab

An Ohio homeless man whose silky voice made him a web phenomenon is headed to rehab for alcohol and drug dependency after an appearance on "Dr. Phil," show representatives said Wednesday. (Jan. 12)

Obama: 'Gabby Opened Her Eyes' For First Time

Obama: 'Gabby Opened Her Eyes' For First Time

In an electrifying moment, President Barack Obama revealed that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who on Saturday was shot point-blank in the head, had opened her eyes for the first time shortly after his hospital visit. (Jan. 12)

Obama in Ariz.: 'Polarized' Nation Needs Healing

Obama in Ariz.: 'Polarized' Nation Needs Healing

Speaking at a memorial at the University of Arizona, President Barack Obama on Wednesday implored a polarized nation to honor those slain and injured in the Arizona shooting rampage by becoming better people. (Jan. 12)

Palin: Journalists Incite Hatred After Shooting

Palin: Journalists Incite Hatred After Shooting

Sarah Palin posted a nearly eight-minute video on her Facebook page early Wednesday, accusing journalists and pundits of inciting hatred and violence in the wake of a deadly Arizona shooting that gravely wounded a U.S. congresswoman. (Jan. 12)

Hotel Montana Memorial Marks Haiti Quake

Hotel Montana Memorial Marks Haiti Quake

The Montana Hotel above Port Au Prince was one of the deadliest sites during the Haiti earthquake. Survivors, rescuers, and family members of victims gather Wednesday to mark the one year anniversary of the building's collapse. (Jan. 12)

Raw Video: Torrential Rain, Mudslides in Brazil

Raw Video: Torrential Rain, Mudslides in Brazil

Torrential summer rains tore through mountains in Rio de Janeiro state, killing at least 140 people in 24 hours, Brazilian officials said on Wednesday. Rescuers struggled to dig through tons of mud and debris in a search for survivors. (Jan. 12)

Loughner Pulled Over Just Before Shooting

Loughner Pulled Over Just Before Shooting

In the hours before the assassination attempt against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Jared Loughner went to Walmart, was pulled over for running a red light and ran from his father after an angry confrontation. (Jan. 12)


Raw Video: Slain Dancer's Sister Court Outburst

Raw Video: Slain Dancer's Sister Court Outburst

An emotional courtroom outburst from the sister of a slain Las Vegas dancer drew no response Wednesday from the man charged in her only sibling's murder. The audio in the video was altered at the source. (Jan. 12)

Woman Charged With Setting Man's Crotch on Fire

Woman Charged With Setting Man's Crotch on Fire

A north Florida woman has been charged with dousing her boyfriend's genital area with gasoline and setting him on fire after police say the two got into an argument Saturday. (Jan.12)


$190 Mil Share of Mega Millions Jackpot Claimed

$190 Mil Share of Mega Millions Jackpot Claimed
A northern Idaho woman has claimed the remaining half of a $380 million Mega Millions jackpot, Idaho Lottery officials said Wednesday. Holly Lahti, of Rathdrum, will split the second-largest lottery jackpot in history. (Jan. 12)

AP Top Stories

AP Top Stories

Here's the latest news for Wednesday, January 12: Officers stopped suspect on day of Ariz. Shooting; Northeast hit hard by storm; Prayer and mourning in Haiti a year after quake; Cross-eyed opossum catches public's gaze.

Congress Weighs Its Own Security

Congress Weighs Its Own Security

On Capitol Hill, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' House colleagues praised her and the other shooting victims and insisted that violence would not silence democracy. AP's Jerry Bodlander reports. (Jan. 12)

Winter Storm Buries Parts of Northeast in Snow

Winter Storm Buries Parts of Northeast in Snow

The third winter storm in three weeks buried parts of the Northeast in nearly 2 feet of wet, blowing snow Wednesday, smothering highways, halting trains, and causing thousands of homes and business to go cold and dark. (Jan. 12)

Cross-eyed Opossum Catches Public's Gaze

Cross-eyed Opossum Catches Public's Gaze

A cross-eyed opossum in Leipzig, Germany is becoming the latest animal sensation in that nation. Heidi is already spawning stuffed toys and glances from admirers. (Jan. 12)

Raw Video: Haiti Anniversary Marked by Protests

Raw Video: Haiti Anniversary Marked by Protests

Protests erupted in various places in the Haitian capital on Wednesday as its inhabitants were marking the anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. (Jan. 12)

Raw Video: Ice Rains Down From TV Tower

Raw Video: Ice Rains Down From TV Tower

Falling ice from a television tower in Jackson, Mississippi meant employees had to be quick on their feet, dodging icicles as they tried moving their cars. (Jan. 12)

Defiant Islamic Jihad Buries Militant

Defiant Islamic Jihad Buries Militant

Islamic Jihad has buried a militant killed by an Israeli missile strike in Gaza. The group remained defiant and vowed revenge Wednesday, despite Israeli warnings and calls for calm from the territory's Hamas leaders. (Jan. 12)


Doctor: Giffords' Recovery Going As Anticipated

Doctor: Giffords' Recovery Going As Anticipated

Doctors at University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona say Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' recovery from being shot in the head is "going as anticipated" and she has not experienced any medical setbacks. (Jan. 12)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Lebanon's Government Collapses

Lebanon's Government Collapses

The Islamic militant group Hezbollah and its allies resigned from the Lebanese Cabinet and topple the government on Wednesday. (Jan. 12)

New Photos, Details in Arizona Shootings

New Photos, Details in Arizona Shootings

New photos from the hospital room of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) have emerged. Meanwhile, investigators are looking for a black bag they say suspect Jared Loughner may have been carrying. (Jan. 12)

Teary Boehner Pays Tribute to Arizona Victims

Teary Boehner Pays Tribute to Arizona Victims

House Speaker John Boehner opened a session of the House by honoring victims of Saturday's shooting in Arizona, saying "our hearts are broken, but our spirit is not." (Jan. 12)

w Video: Wet, Sticky Snow Blankets Mass.

w Video: Wet, Sticky Snow Blankets Mass.

Wet, sticky, wind-blown snow caused near whiteout conditions in Massachusetts, forcing mass school cancelations and delaying every flight in an out of Logan International Airport. (Jan. 12)


New Photos, Details in Arizona Shootings

New Photos, Details in Arizona Shootings

New photos from the hospital room of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) have emerged. Meanwhile, investigators are looking for a black bag they say suspect Jared Loughner may have been carrying. (Jan. 12)

Raw Video: Travelers, Residents Cope With Latest

Raw Video: Travelers, Residents Cope With Latest

A winter storm is snarling road travel and forcing airlines to delay and cancel flights up and down the East Coast and airports have canceled thousands of flights, but east coast residents remain undeterred by the bad weather. (Jan.12)


Raw Video: Hillary Clinton Trips Boarding Plane

Raw Video: Hillary Clinton Trips Boarding Plane

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton trips while getting on her plane in Yemen. It happened just inside the doorway of the aircraft. Clinton got up and went on with her journey to Oman. (Jan. 12)

Raw Video: Philadelphia Digging Out

Raw Video: Philadelphia Digging Out

Philadelphia's mayor says the city has declared an end to its snow emergency. The city received about 5-7 inches of snow from Tuesday night into Wednesday, but no major problems are being reported. (Jan. 12)


Raw Video: 81-year-old Thrown Down in NYC

Raw Video: 81-year-old Thrown Down in NYC


New York City police released surveillance video showing an 81-year-old being thrown to the ground when a female suspect grabbed her purse while trying to enter the subway. The video sent to the AP was previously altered. (Jan. 12)


Raw Video: Mass Marks Anniversary of Haiti Quake

Raw Video: Mass Marks Anniversary of Haiti Quake

A large Mass is being celebrated in Haiti, marking the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that destroyed much of Port-au-Prince and killed thousands of people. (Jan. 12)


Water Climbs in Brisbane, 20,000 Homes at Risk

Water Climbs in Brisbane, 20,000 Homes at Risk

The floods in northeastern Australia have turned Brisbane into a watery ghost town. Officials warn that 20,000 homes could be swamped. (Jan. 12)


ndly Suit: Facebook Settlement May Stand

ndly Suit: Facebook Settlement May Stand

Former Harvard University classmates of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg want to throw out a $65 million settlement of their lawsuit that alleged the social network was their idea. (Jan. 12)

AP Top Stories

AP Top Stories

Here's the latest news for Wednesday, Jan. 12th: Obama heads to Tucson; Winter storm batters the Northeast; Death toll grows from Australia flooding; Dr. Conrad Murray will stand trial for Michael Jackson's death.

Haitian Artists Turn Disaster Into Beauty

Haitian Artists Turn Disaster Into Beauty

One year after the devastating earthquake destroyed Haiti, widespread despair remains. But, one group of artists is turning that disaster into beauty. The AP's Rich Matthews has their story. (Jan. 12)

Raw Video: Dramatic Rescue From Australia Floods

Raw Video: Dramatic Rescue From Australia Floods

As deadly floodwaters threaten 20-thousand homes in Australia's third-largest city, forcing thousands to flee, animals have also been caught up in the disaster. (Jan. 12)

day in History for January 12

day in History for January 12

Today in History for Wednesday, Jan. 12: Congress authorizes Gulf War; World War II coming to an end; All in the family premieres. (Jan. 12)

Gates Visits Great Wall of China

Gates Visits Great Wall of China

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says North Korea will pose a direct threat to the United States within five years if the communist dictatorship isn't reined in. Gates made the comments while visiting with leaders in China. (Jan. 12)

Raw Video: Mass Held to Remember Arizona Victims

Raw Video: Mass Held to Remember Arizona Victims

Hundreds of Tucson residents, still shaken by Saturday's shooting rampage, came together at a church to mourn the six victims who died, and the many others who were wounded, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. (Jan. 11)

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