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Former world leaders: War on drugs has failed

NEW YORK – A group of prominent former world leaders said Wednesday the so-called war on drugs has “failed” and that decriminalizing marijuana may help curb drug-related violence and social ills. “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” the members…

Michael Moore ‘thrilled that the Osama bin Laden era’ has ended

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore may have criticized the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, but that doesn’t mean he too didn’t feel some relief at his passing. “When I heard the news a week ago Sunday, I immediately felt great. I felt relief,” he wrote in an essay published…

Exclusive: Progressive groups launch campaign to fight GOP’s ‘War on Women’

WASHINGTON – A trio of progressive and women’s groups will unveil a new front in their ongoing campaign Friday afternoon calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to “stop the war on women,” Raw Story has first learned – a reference to the anti-abortion measures Republicans are advancing. The abortion-rights…

Yen hits World War II high against dollar

NEW YORK – The Japanese yen on Wednesday hit its highest level against the dollar since World War II, trading at 79.73 yen to a dollar as investors examined the impact of Japan’s disastrous earthquake and tsunami. Analysts said that heavy repatriation of funds to help the stricken country could…

Bob Dylan to play first Vietnam concert: promoter

HANOI (AFP) – Legendary American singer Bob Dylan, whose songs became anthems of the 1960s anti-Vietnam War era, will play his first concert in the communist country next month, the promoter said Monday. “The show is on,” Brett Davis, a spokesman for the promoters, told AFP, adding the culture ministry…

US judge orders Ukrainian deported for Nazi ties

WASHINGTON – A US immigration judge has ordered a Ukrainian-born man be deported from the United States because he participated in Nazi-led persecution of Jews in Europe during World War Two, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday. John Kalymon, 89, who is living in Troy, Michigan, was stripped of…

NAACP protests South Carolina ‘secession ball’

The memory of the Civil War collided with modern-day civil rights Monday as protesters targeted a “Secession Ball,” commemorating South Carolina’s decision exactly 150 years ago to secede from the United States of America. As blacks and whites gathered in the twilight with electric candles and signs for an NAACP…

AP: US report adds details on Cold War Nazi intel

APNewsBreak: Report reveals details on US intel use of Nazi Gestapo, Ukrainian fascists Newly released records reveal details on how U.S. intelligence officials used and protected some Nazi Gestapo agents after World War II, tracked Holocaust administrator Adolf Eichmann and relied on a suspected war criminal from Ukraine living in…

Rep. Kucinich slams fake Afghan elections, fake withdrawal, fake Taliban

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) again called for the United States to end its involvement in Afghanistan after it was revealed that NATO officials were duped into holding negotiations with a man posing as a senior member of the Taliban. “The war in Afghanistan is taking place in a netherworld where…

North, South Korea exchange fire; 2 marines killed

North Korea shells South Korean island, killing 2 marines; Seoul fires back, scrambles jets North and South Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending civilians fleeing for…

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