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22 December 14


Cuba's President Raul Castro (L) speaks with his first vice-president Miguel Diaz Canel during a session of the National Assembly in Havana, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Enrique De La Osa

Cuba says U.S. must respect its communist system

Obama vows ‘do everything I can’ to close Guantanamo: CNN interview

Manufacturers face ‘bloodbath’ in Russia, says Renault Nissan boss


No.Korea proposes probe over Sony hacking

U.S. repatriates 4 more Guantanamo detainees -- this time to Afghanistan

Mariella Castro
Cuba not returning to capitalism despite U.S. deal: Castro’s daughter


The Archdruid Report:Druid perspectives on nature, culture, and the future of industrial society. Wednesday, December 17, 2014 – Déjà Vu All Over Again

North Korea says did not hack Sony, wants joint probe with U.S. | Video

Bankers See $1 Trillion of Investments Stranded in the Oil Fields

A Full–Blown Economic Crisis Has Erupted In Russia

Putin upbeat on ruble, reassures Russians economic pain will pass. Russia’s president Vladimir Putin says country’s economic troubles will pass in no more than two years, adding the government and central bank are responding "appropriately," though a bit belatedly.

IRS warns of possible shutdown

Facebook claims share in revenues from sunglasses sales in India, which is up due to profile pictures. In a shocking lawsuit filed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the social networking website has sued sunglasses making company Ray–Ban, asking it to share revenues from the rising sales of sunglasses in India.

Wall St. falls third session, led by tech, discretionaries


Who the fuck needs police? Hundreds of women in the Mexican town of Xaltianguis formed their own community defense organization to protect their town from organized crime.


The Oil Price Crash of 2014

Weight Gains – The New Inquiry

History supports McCain’s stance on waterboarding


5 Minutes or Less Health Tip of the Week: Flavor It Up with Apple Pie Spice

Your high blood sugar is ROTTING your brain


Ali hospitalised due to pneumonia. Posted: 21 Dec 2014 12:13 PM PST – Boxing great Muhammad Ali, 72, expected to recover because illness was caught early, according to spokesperson.

Accolades pour in for Lakers’ Bryant

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Scandals leave cloud over memorable 2014

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Jerry Sandusky’s pension appeal denied but lawyer vows to keep fighting

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Sport–Off–field drama takes focus away from top displays



Bill Oddie’s BankWatch – HSBC in Malaysia. What is this film about?

Just in time for winter breaks and vacations, Netflix and Amazon have added new titles to their streaming options.
What’s new on Netflix, Amazon and iTunes









Pacific storm could mark floods, landslides, early holiday woe

Investigation reveals Los Angeles fire was an act of arson

Friday 19th December, 2014 – LOS ANGELES – Authorities have said that a fire that cost an estimated loss of $30 million in downtown Los Angeles earlier this month was an act of arson. – The Dec

Obama: Sony made a mistake pulling "The Interview". Sony Pictures "made a mistake" when it decided to cancel the theatrical release of "The Interview" in the wake of cyber attacks from North Korea, President Obama said Friday. "I wish they’d spoken to me first," he added. "I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in which you are intimidated."

Native American Council Offers Amnesty to 220 Million Undocumented Whites.

NY Times reporter James Risen
Court Authorizes Subpoena for Testimony from New York Times Reporter James Risen

U.S., Cuba plan restored relations after 50 years of hostility

Uninsured Under the ACA: Millions of Americans Can’t Afford Coverage

CIA morale ‘deeply hurt’ following Senate report

Senate reaches deal for vote on $1.1 trillion spending bill

West Coast storms surprise Los Angeles with...a tornado, captured on video


Canada’s inflation rate drops to 2.0% in November

Canada’s inflation rate was 2.0 per cent in November, dropping from 2.4 per cent the previous month.

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Gas prices continue to slide in Metro Vancouver

Vancouver Sun

By TIFFANY CRAWFORD, VANCOUVER SUN December 19, 2014 7:32 AM … But in many areas of Vancouver the prices as low as 105.9 cents.

Stephen Harper’s carbo tice plan rejected by Dalhousie dentistry student

Chevron cancels Canadian Arctic drilling as oil prices slide


Netanyahu lends support to minimum wage hike. Histadrut labor union welcomes move; will take effect gradually beginning April

US delivers Apache helicopters to Egypt. Posted: 21 Dec 2014 12:25 PM PST – Ten Apaches delivered to Cairo after part lifting of aid freeze to the country, according to senior US official.

All spent fuel removed from reactor 4 pool at Fukushima No. 1, Tepco says

Israel Slams EU Over Plan to Take Hamas Off Terror List – Dec 18, 2014 – 11:21 GMT
Aron Heller Published 18/12/2014 | 02:30 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the European Union yesterday for removing Hamas from its terrorist list, calling it a staggering example of European hypocrisy and an indication that many on the continent have learned nothing from the Holocaust. The EU court order to remove Hamas from the EU terrorist list came the same day (continue reading)

U.S. can’t slam others on human rights: China . BEIJING – China’s foreign ministry said that the United States has no right to confront other countries on their human rights records when it faces problems with racism and mistreatment of prisoners at home.



Kenyan police: Kenya tells US to back off over ‘terror’ law. Posted: 21 Dec 2014 11:36 AM PST – Top official fends off criticism, saying new ‘anti–terror’ law is better than Washington’s counter–‘terrorism’ measures: Kenyan police


Virus shuts down provincial communications

Some kind of virus has forced the BC government to shut down its communications servers. It's unclear how severe the problem is or how long the servers will be down.

H.R.4681 silently passed. Your files no longer require a warrant to be searched.


25 homes evacuated as an unstoppable gas leak in another Ohio fracking ‘incident‘.

Mom Receives Glyphosate Task Force Studies on Glyphosate Submitted to the EPA

How cheap oil changes the world. Consumers get lower heating bills and prices at the pump. Russia, Iran, and Venezuela face shrinking treasuries, while Saudi Arabia tries to still US drills. 

Do Jews Carry Trauma in Our Genes? A Conversation With Rachel Yehuda. The innovative neuroscientist discusses how the Holocaust, famine, and other catastrophic experiences can affect our DNABlogs


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