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Fort Hood deaths bring new scrutiny to Army

Stretched thin by 2 wars, military may have missed Hasan warning signs By STEWART M. POWELL and GARY MARTIN WASHINGTON BUREAU Nov. 14, 2009, 10:30PM WASHINGTON — At a time when U.S. Army troops are fighting two wars halfway around the globe, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan possessed all the qualifications the military so desperately needs: He is an Arabic-speaking Muslim of Palestinian descent, a doctor, a psychiatrist and a midlevel commander. But that ...

Pushing Bush to Attack Iran

By Dan Froomkin Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is expected to use his White House visit today to push President Bush to take a more aggressive approach toward Iran -- and there are some signs that he'll have a receptive audience. Both Olmert and Bush are badly wounded and looking for salvation. Olmert is facing corruption allegations that could drive him from office. Bush is wildly unpopular, desperate to salvage ...

Press hails Obama the ‘giant slayer’

(CNN) -- History in the making was how many international newspapers viewed Barack Obama's emergence as Democratic presidential candidate, with the focus on his status as the first ever African-American to win the ticket. Newspapers described Obama as a "political giant slayer." Even before Hillary Clinton admitted defeat in the hard-fought contest, some publications were already dissecting her failed campaign, analyzing where it went wrong and what the future ...

Scientists target poor to test sludge theory

from the Cape Cod Times. By JOHN HEILPRIN and KEVIN S. VINEYS BALTIMORE — Scientists using federal grants spread fertilizer made from human and industrial wastes on yards in poor, black neighborhoods to test whether it might protect children from lead poisoning in the soil. Families were assured the sludge was safe and were never told about any harmful ingredients. Nine low-income families in Baltimore row houses agreed to let researchers till ...

For Some Black Parents, the New Home Room is Home

Public schools are failing black boys, say a growing number of parents who are homeschooling by Chloe A. Hilliard Say "homeschooling" and what tends to come to mind are the whitest people you know, holding Sunday school every day of the week in their basements, producing kids who can declaim against Charles Darwin for hours on end, but who are so screwed up socially that you can't imagine them getting ...

Obama Camp: Clinton Tactics ‘Damaging to the Party’

Sen. Barack Obama's (Ill.) campaign manager asserted in a conference call this morning that the tactics employed by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) in regard to the fight for Democratic delegates has the potential to fracture the party heading into the November election. "This is a disturbing pattern," said Obama campaign manager David Plouffe after the Politico's Roger Simon reported that the Clinton campaign was preparing to woo pledged ...

The Already Big Thing on the Internet: Spying on Users

By ADAM COHEN In 1993, the dawn of the Internet age, the liberating anonymity of the online world was captured in a well-known New Yorker cartoon. One dog, sitting at a computer, tells another: “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” Fifteen years later, that anonymity is gone. It’s not paranoia: they really are spying on you. Technology companies have long used “cookies,” little bits of tracking software slipped onto ...

TransAtlantic Slave Trade

The transatlantic slave trade is a major element of global history. The forced movement of West African people across the Atlantic resulted in unprecedented forms of cruelty and subjugation, racism, inequality, shifts in cultural identity, a marked decline in the West African population and significant economic and agricultural developments in the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas. Little is known about the 400-year long transatlantic slave trade and its lasting ...

Federal Judge forbids poor Black mothers from naming their own children

The following is being circulated as a legitimate news story. It is, in fact, SATIRE. Check out The Peoples News where it originated. After Judge Cabrera's historic ruling, little Clitoria Jackson will likely undergo a name change. (DETROIT) In a decision that's expected to send shockwaves through the African-American community-and yet, give much relief to teachers everywhere-a federal judge ruled today that black women no longer have independent naming rights ...

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