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Obama’s Ratings Drop Before State of the Union Address

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Obama’s Ratings Drop Before State of the Union Address

President Obama and his staff are getting ready for Tuesday’s State of the Union address. This address comes as just one in five Americans (20%) rate the current state of the country positively while four in five (80%) give it negative ratings. And, while it’s not surprising that 92% of Republicans give the state of [...]

Open Letter to Save the Children in Syria

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Open Letter to Save the Children in Syria

Save the Children and other leading humanitarian agencies published Monday an open letter calling on the parties to the Syrian conflict meeting in Geneva to urgently focus on the plight of children. The 14 signatories also include Antonio Gutteres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees; Archbishop Desmond Tutu; David Miliband, President of the International Rescue Committee; [...]

Mr. Obama, Will You Invite Narendra Modi to the U.S.?

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Mr. Obama, Will You Invite Narendra Modi to the U.S.?

A petition urges President Obama to look into the matter, as the U.S. government’s stand of denying visa to Narendra Modi is based on biased media information and contorted facts. By Rakesh Raman An online petition is urging President Barack Obama to invite the Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of an Indian political party BJP [...]

How AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue

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How AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue

Is AIDS a civil rights issue? Yes, says a new campaign. To commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, observed this Monday, Jan. 20th, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is releasing a new national billboard awareness campaign headlined “AIDS is a Civil Rights Issue.” As African American and Latino communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS [...]

Dems and Reps Divided on 2014 Economic Prospects

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Dems and Reps Divided on 2014 Economic Prospects

As one year draws to a close and another begins anew, it’s time for Americans to plan out the year to come. What financial resolutions might they be making? And what sort of economic changes do they expect 2014 to bring for the nation as a whole? A recent Harris Poll finds the pessimistic outlook [...]

UN Help in South Sudan as Fighting Continues

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UN Help in South Sudan as Fighting Continues

The security situation in South Sudan remains “fluid,” the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country said today. It confirmed that it is sending reinforcements to areas affected by the current fighting between pro- and anti-Government troops, particularly Bor, Malakal, Bentiu and Juba. “This is critical to enable the Mission to deliver on its mandate [...]

Aam Aadmi Party or Too Many Crooks?

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Aam Aadmi Party or Too Many Crooks?

In all his harangues to woo the gullible voters of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal always maintained that he will never have any political tie-up with Congress and BJP because both the parties are equally corrupt. But see what he has done. By Rakesh Raman In India, politicians from all political parties belong to three breeds: Bad, [...]

Ban Ki-moon Urges to End Conflict in South Sudan

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Ban Ki-moon Urges to End Conflict in South Sudan

In an appeal broadcast in South Sudan on Wednesday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his call on its leaders to settle their differences peacefully and pledged to help end the violence that has wracked the world’s youngest nation over the past 10 days. “I want to assure you that the United Nations stands with the [...]

Save the Children Aid for South Sudan

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Save the Children Aid for South Sudan

A special Save the Children flight arrives in South Sudan today, Dec. 24, carrying supplies for families who have fled their homes due to fighting. These supplies will be used to help alleviate the conditions of those families seeking safety in United Nations compounds in Juba and include: 150 jerry cans, kitchen sets for 140 [...]

11 Factors to Ring the Death Knell for Congress

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11 Factors to Ring the Death Knell for Congress

By Rakesh Raman In the past 66 years after India’s independence in 1947, Congress party – owned and operated by Nehru-Gandhi family – has ruled India for almost 50 years, which is nearly 75% of time. Under such an unencumbered family control of over 1.2 billion people of India, the country has become a kind [...]

Jealous Anna Says Right to Wrong Lokpal Bill

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Jealous Anna Says Right to Wrong Lokpal Bill

Out of sheer jealousy and to settle a score with Arvind Kejriwal, Anna Hazare decided to sit on fast demanding the passage of Lokpal Bill to draw the attention of public and media toward him. By Rakesh Raman Call it his desire to abruptly break his anti-corruption fast and quickly grab a morsel of food [...]

Another U.S. Government Shutdown is Likely: Poll

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Another U.S. Government Shutdown is Likely: Poll

While his overall approval ratings may be inching downward, on the economy President Obama’s job approval ratings are holding steady. But, since that steady is having three in ten Americans (30%) give President Obama positive ratings for his handling of the economy while 70% give him negative marks, which is unchanged from last month, the [...]