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Ronald Reagan’s genocidal secret: A true story of right-wing impunity in Guatemala
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Ronald Reagan's genocidal secret: A true story of right-wing impunity in Guatemala Miles Culpepper, Salon 24 March 2015   On Jan. 5 of this year, the Associated Press issued two short reports on a trial against aging former Guatemalan dictator Efraín Ríos Montt that by and large went unnoticed in the United States.  The first announced that the genocide trial, suspended in 2013, would finally resume.  The second, hours later, updated

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Despite Good Intentions, Vacancies in Refugee Camp in Jordan for Syrians
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Despite Good Intentions, Vacancies in Refugee Camp in Jordan for Syrians RANA F. SWEIS 15 March 2015 AL AZRAQ REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan — Here in Jordan’s vast northeastern desert, row after row of white steel shelters built specially for Syrian refugees sit empty. Storefronts lining a street designed to mimic an urban souk are shuttered, the silence broken only by the punishing wind that is infamous here. Layers of sand coat the windows and floors.

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Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds in northern Nigerian town: residents
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Boko Haram kidnapped hundreds in northern Nigerian town: residents Joe Penney, Reuters 24 March 2015   (Reuters) - Boko Haram militants have kidnapped more than 400 women and children from the northern Nigerian town of Damasak that was freed this month by troops from Niger and Chad, residents said on Tuesday. There was no immediate official confirmation of the figure, but the Islamist group has previously carried out mass kidnappings. Boko Haram's

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In Denial Over Racism in Brazil
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In Denial Over Racism in Brazil Vanessa Barbara 23 March 2015 SÃO PAULO, Brazil — One Friday night last month, the electricity was off in the streets of Palmeirinha, a favela in Rio de Janeiro. Three black teenagers were joking around in front of their houses. One of them started to run and the others followed, laughing. At that moment, the police came out shooting. Chauan Jambre Cezário, 19 years old, was seriously wounded. Alan de Souza Lima,

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ISIS Urges Sympathizers to Kill U.S. Service Members It Identifies on Website
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ISIS Urges Sympathizers to Kill U.S. Service Members It Identifies on Website MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and HELENE COOPER 21 March 2015 WASHINGTON — In a new online threat to American military personnel, the Islamic State has called on its members and sympathizers in the United States to kill 100 service members whose names, photos and purported addresses it posted on a website. The group said that the personnel had participated in efforts to defeat it

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Islamic State recruits 400 children since January: Syria monitor
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Islamic State recruits 400 children since January: Syria monitor Reuters 24 March 2015   (Reuters) - Islamic State has recruited at least 400 children in Syria in the past three months and given these so-called "Cubs of the Caliphate" military training and hardline indoctrination, a monitoring group said on Tuesday. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the children, all aged under 18, were recruited near schools, mosques and in public

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Event: The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow

  The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow Saturday, 28 March 2015 1521 16th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20036 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   Reception to follow. Lunch will be provided. Mastrapa Consultants and Political Developments Research Center are pleased to invite you to the 28 March 2015 symposium, “The Armenian Genocide: A Century of Sorrow”. One hundred years ago the historical persecution of Armenian Christians by Ottoman Turks

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Afghan woman Farkhunda lynched in Kabul ‘for speaking out’
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Afghan woman Farkhunda lynched in Kabul 'for speaking out' BBC News Asia 23 March 2015   An Afghan woman who was lynched after being falsely accused of burning the Koran was killed for tackling superstitious practices, witnesses say. Farkhunda, who was beaten to death by a Kabul mob last week, had been arguing with a mullah about his practice of selling charms to women at a shrine. In the course of the argument she was accused of burning the

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Israel accused at UN over Gaza war casualties
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Israel accused at UN over Gaza war casualties BBC News Middle East 23 March 2015 The scale of civilian deaths in Gaza during the 2014 war with Israel puts Israel's adherence to international law in doubt, a UN official has said. In his annual report, the special rapporteur also said many children were left traumatised by the 50-day conflict. Israel and its ally the US were both absent from the debate at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.

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Syria conflict: Kurds targeted in Hassakeh bombings
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Syria conflict: Kurds targeted in Hassakeh bombings BBC News Middle East 20 March 2015 More than 20 people have been killed in twin bomb attacks targeting Kurds marking Persian New Year, or Norouz, in north-eastern Syria, activists say. Syrian state TV said the bombs exploded in the al-Mufti district of Hassakeh, a largely Kurdish-controlled city. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said one of the attacks was carried out by an Islamic State

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