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US-Russia spy swap at Vienna airport

VIENNA (AFP) – Russia and United States Friday staged their biggest spy swap since the Cold War at Vienna airport with 10 agents deported by US authorities and four imprisoned in Russia thought to have been exchanged. Special Russian and US flights which took the spies to the Austrian capital…

North Korean diplomat: ‘War may break out at any moment’

A North Korean diplomat said Thursday that tensions on the Korean peninsula were running so high over the sinking of a South Korean warship that “war may break out at any moment.” In a speech to the international Conference on Disarmament, Ri Jang-Gon, deputy permanent representative for North Korea at…

Hundreds of thousands march as global protests mark workers’ day of solidarity

Hundreds of thousands of people joined May Day marches across the world Saturday, as police and protestors clashed in debt-riven Greece and a bomb killed a World War II veteran in Russia. In Athens several dozen youths, some armed with sticks, charged a line of anti-riot forces, prompting police to…

Pat Buchanan: ‘Both sides were right’ in the Civil War

Bloggers suggest MSNBC should ban ‘racist who defends slavery’ Did conservative commentator Pat Buchanan cross a line when he appeared to defend slavery during a debate on MSNBC’s Hardball? That’s the question political observers are asking after Buchanan told a panel he believed “both sides were right” in the Civil…

Update: Va. governor apologizes for saying slavery not ‘significant’

UPDATE: McDonnell apologizes for excluding slavery from proclamation; group that pushed for Confederate History Month ‘has ties to white supremacists’ Following a public outcry, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has apologized for saying that he omitted any mention of slavery from his Confederate History Month proclamation because he wanted to focus…

Veteran Democratic lawmaker Jack Murtha dies at 77

Democratic heavyweight Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) — who went by Jack — has died after complications following gallbladder surgery. A local news station said the congressman had died in the hospital with his family by his side at 1:18 PM ET Monday. Murtha was the chairman of the House Appropriations…

Palin: War with Iran would help Obama’s re-election

President Barack Obama won’t be re-elected in 2012 unless he can “toughen up” on national security, according to Sarah Palin. The former Governor of Alaska believes that declaring war on Iran could help the president get re-elected. “Say he decided to declare war on Iran or decided really to come…

Flashback: Howard Zinn warned Americans of rationalizing torture; ‘The truth comes out’

The following interview was conducted by Raw Story editor John Byrne in September of 2005. Howard Zinn, a critically acclaimed historian and political scientist, was author of the “People’s History of the United States,” a radical and popular retelling of United States history. Zinn wrote fifteen books and was a…

McGovern: War in Afghanistan ‘another Vietnam’

A liberal patriarch of the US Democratic Party on Sunday blasted President Barack Obama’s decision to send more US troops to Afghanistan, saying he was “astounded” by the escalation of the war. “Today, I am astounded at the Obama administration’s decision to escalate the equally mistaken war in Afghanistan,” George…

Salon’s Greenwald: Afghan War aids and abets Islamic extremism

It seems as though everybody has their own opinion about what should be done in Afghanistan, and in a debate Friday on MSNBC’s Morning Meeting, the three participants appeared to be largely talking past one another on the issue. Columnist Christopher Hitchens’ somewhat meandering argument appeared to be that the…

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