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Gunter Grass hails Israeli nuclear whistleblower in new poem

Nobel prize-winning German author Gunter Grass, declared persona non-grata by Israel over a poem saying it threatened world peace, has published another work critical of the Jewish state. In one of a collection of 87 new pieces, Grass hails whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, who served 18 years in jail for leaking…

‘Meet The Press’ host caught misquoting Obama

Meet The Press host David Gregory apparently misquoted President Barack Obama while setting up a question to a guest, Think Progress reported Sunday. “The President has said as recently as May of this year that al Qaeda has not had a chance to rebuild, that al Qaeda has been defeated,”…

Al-Jazeera’s political independence questioned amid Qatar intervention

Al-Jazeera’s editorial independence has been called into question after its director of news stepped in to ensure a speech made by Qatar’s emir to the UN led its English channel’s coverage of the debate on Syrian intervention. Journalists had produced a package of the UN debate, topped with excerpts of…

Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young rock New York to fight poverty

The Black Keys, Foo Fighters and Neil Young rocked New York’s Central Park with a free concert highlighting efforts to combat extreme poverty around the world. An estimated 60,000 people flocked to the Manhattan park’s Great Lawn on Saturday, for the event organized by the Global Poverty Project. Unlike past…

Univision promises ‘the untold story’ of what ‘Fast and Furious’ has wrought in Mexico

Univision: The untold story of what 'Fast and Furious' wrought in Mexico When a journalist for Univision asked President Obama last week why he hasn’t fired Attorney General Eric Holder over the “Fast and Furious” gun walking fiasco, the reporter, it turns out, had an inside scoop that added urgency…

NYT publisher Arthur Sulzberger dead at 86

Publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, who is known as the man who shepherded the New York Times through some of the most turbulent times in the newspaper’s more than 160-year history, has died at the age of 86 at his home in Southampton, New York, the Times announced today. Sulzberger took…

Ang Lee breaks every rule in new ‘Life of Pi’ film

Director Ang Lee says he broke every rule in “Life of Pi,” which premiered Friday, bringing the best-selling novel into stunning 3D life with a production featuring an unknown Indian actor, four tigers and the world’s biggest wave machine. “There are a few classic advices in movies: never make a…

Comics icon Stan Lee gets pacemaker

Spider-Man creator Stan Lee, whose Marvel comic book heroes have dominated US culture for more than half a century, has been fitted with a heart pacemaker at the age of 89, he announced Friday. In a typically colorful statement, Lee — whose characters include the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America…

Schwarzenegger: Cheating on Shriver was ‘stupidest thing I’ve ever done’

Arnold Schwarzenegger says the fling with his housekeeper that produced a baby and later ended his marriage was the “stupidest” thing he ever did. In excerpts from a television interview to air Sunday, a day before his memoirs are published, the former California governor admitted he “inflicted tremendous pain” on…

Wall Street Journal accused of concealing writers’ Mitt Romney links

Veteran journalists attack Murdoch paper for failure to disclose writers’ political sympathies The Wall Street Journal has been criticised by senior US journalists for failing to disclose that 10 of its op-ed writers are Mitt Romney advisers. According to an inquiry by Media Matters, 23 pieces in the WSJ’s op-ed…

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