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Israel launches bid to reclaim Holocaust assets

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel on Sunday launched a commission to track down property taken from Holocaust victims across Europe and get compensation for wartime losses. The Holocaust Era Asset Restitution Task Force or “HEART” is the first official Israeli effort in decades to reclaim assets of Jews killed by the Nazis. Germany has paid…

Rove’s hand seen in Julian Assange prosecution, sources allege

Former Bush political strategist Karl Rove may be connected to a Swedish effort to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, sources for several legal experts suggest. Rove is a longtime adviser to Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who recently tapped the Republican operative to aid his 2010 reelection campaign. Speaking to…

UK plans to block all porn in effort to ‘protect children’

Fears over Internet freedom as UK plans to expand web censorship As Britain finds itself in the middle of the political maelstrom surrounding WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange, and the debate over Internet freedom resulting from his arrest on an Interpol warrant, British authorities are stepping up their efforts to wield more…

Chamber of Commerce attacks effort to ban secretly funded ads

The nation’s largest and most formidable lobbying group is apparently unsatisfied with being able to spend unlimited amounts of cash to influence elections — they insist they should be able to do so in secret. Bloomberg News reports that “U.S. companies would lose their ability to secretly finance political advertising…

Coulter does her best to out-Limbaugh Rush

Ann Coulter is jealous of the attention Rush Limbaugh has been getting since making his comment about the Obama administration wanting to exploit the Haitian tragedy to “burnish” his credentials with the black community. So she’s making a conscious effort to out-controversy the controversial radio host, and on Fox News…

As Haitians flee capital, Obama, Bush and Clinton unite for aid

Fearful Haitians fled their putrid quake-hit capital in droves on Saturday as a vast international aid drive struggled to relieve tensions threatening to boil over into riots. President Barack Obama, speaking alongside former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the White House, said the United States was doing…

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