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Sources: Contractor for military committed serious violations

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By Abbie Boudreau and Scott Bronstein CNN Special Investigations Unit WASHINGTON (CNN) — A contractor providing services to the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan has committed serious violations of its contract, mainly by conducting inadequate inspections of electrical wiring and grounding at American bases, according to Pentagon sources. Ryan Maseth, a 24-year-old Green Beret, died in his shower January 2. The Pentagon findings on Houston, Texas-based KBR stem from the widely publicized death of Sgt. Ryan Maseth, a highly decorated 24-year-old Green Beret from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Maseth was electrocuted…read more

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Election of Obama provokes rise in U.S. hate crimes

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By Matthew Bigg Matthew Bigg – Mon Nov 24 ATLANTA (Reuters) – Barack Obama‘s election as U.S. president has provoked a rise in hate crimes against ethnic minorities, civil rights groups said on Monday. Hundreds of incidents of abuse or intimidation apparently motivated by racial hatred have been reported since the November 4 election, though most have not involved violence, said the Southern Poverty Law Center. White supremacist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan and the Council of Conservative Citizens have seen a flood of interest from possible new members since…read more

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I’m Over It

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     I sorry to say I’m over it. While I was moved by the first reports of people celebrating in the streets, and can still understand the feeling that many people (many of my neighbors) have, the plethora of bad analysis and false claims has left me not wanting to hear any more.      For example: Obama’s Historic Victory by Howard Zinn “But, as the first African American in the White House, elected by an enthusiastic citizenry which expects a decisive move towards peace and social justice, he presents a…read more

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Roadmap for Peace

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(From AFSC) We call on the next U.S. President and administration to engage in a new foreign policy based on these five core principles. The five core principles Our nation should invest in peace. Our country should invest in diplomacy, development, and conflict prevention — cost-effective ways to improve national and global security. Military force should be the LAST option. The military is not an effective relief agency. The government needs a strong civilian foreign assistance and crisis response team. Give diplomacy a chance. With a highly skilled diplomatic corps,…read more

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