July 24th, 2014

Outcry Over Deaths in Gaza, but the Media (and the World) Ignores Deaths in Syria — Why?

Outcry Over Deaths in Gaza, but the Media (and the World) Ignores Deaths in Syria — Why?

Destruction in Aleppo (Reuters)

Destruction in Aleppo (Reuters)

The responses to what I write about the Hamas war fall into several categories. My least favorite sort of response is the kind that invokes Hitler in some way. Here is an e-mail that is representative: “I hope Hitler kills you and your family.” (Yes, it was written in the present tense.) Then there are the messages from those who seek the elimination of Israel.…

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July 24th, 2014

Will Amazon’s Fire Phone Be Able to Compete Against Apple and Samsung?

Will Amazon’s Fire Phone Be Able to Compete Against Apple and Samsung?

Amazon's Fire Phone (Business Insider)

Amazon’s Fire Phone (Business Insider)

What chance does Amazon’s Fire phone have against tech giants Apple and Samsung in the fierce smartphone market? With their new device being released on Friday, reviews of the device have been mixed. The conclusions seem to be that while it’s a good phone, it’s nothing to write home about. Amazon’s device is a “solid”, yet forgettable entry for the…

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July 24th, 2014

U.S. State Department’s Global Passport and Visa System Crashes Causing Major Delays

U.S. State Department’s Global Passport and Visa System Crashes Causing Major Delays

U.S. Passport

The State Department’s global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday. (more…)

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July 24th, 2014

U.S. Congress Holds Hearing on Plight of Meriam Ibrahim and Human Rights Violations in Sudan

U.S. Congress Holds Hearing on Plight of Meriam Ibrahim and Human Rights Violations in Sudan

In this file image made from an undated video provided by Al Fajer, a Sudanese nongovernmental organization, Meriam Ibrahim breastfeeds her newborn baby girl as the NGO visits her in a room at a prison in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP)

In this file image made from an undated video provided by Al Fajer, a Sudanese nongovernmental organization, Meriam Ibrahim breastfeeds her newborn baby girl as the NGO visits her in a room at a prison in Khartoum, Sudan. (AP)

As a Sudanese Christian who faced execution for refusing to renounce her faith remains holed up with her family in the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum, a host of religious, human…

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July 24th, 2014

Cyberthieves Charged with Ripping Off Over 1,000 StubHub Customers in $10 Million Scam

Cyberthieves Charged with Ripping Off Over 1,000 StubHub Customers in $10 Million Scam

Investigators say the hackers commandeered peoples' accounts and then used those accounts to buy and re-sell tickets fraudulently.

Investigators say the hackers commandeered peoples’ accounts and then used those accounts to buy and re-sell tickets fraudulently.

Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers’ accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events — from Yankee games to Jay-Z concerts — through the online ticket reseller in a $10 million international rip-off scam, officials said Wednesday. (more…)

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July 24th, 2014

Family and Supporters Mourn Eric Garner, Man Who Died After Being Placed in Chokehold in NYPD Custody

Family and Supporters Mourn Eric Garner, Man Who Died After Being Placed in Chokehold in NYPD Custody

Esaw Garner receives a hug during a funeral service for her husband, Eric Garner, held at Bethel Baptist Church on July 23, 2014 in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Photo: Getty Images)

Esaw Garner receives a hug during a funeral service for her husband, Eric Garner, held at Bethel Baptist Church on July 23, 2014 in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Photo: Getty Images)

Friends and supporters gathered Wednesday night at a church in Brooklyn, N.Y., to mourn for a man who died last Thursday after being placed in a banned chokehold by police. (more…)

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July 24th, 2014

Ukraine Rebel Commander Admits Fighters had BUK Missiles Like the One Used to Shoot Down MH17; Likely Came from Russia

Ukraine Rebel Commander Admits Fighters had BUK Missiles Like the One Used to Shoot Down MH17; Likely Came from Russia

Rebel commander Alexander Khodakovsky of the so-called Vostok battalion - or eastern battalion - speaks during an interview in Donetsk, July 8, 2014. (CREDIT: REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV)

Rebel commander Alexander Khodakovsky of the so-called Vostok battalion – or eastern battalion – speaks during an interview in Donetsk, July 8, 2014. (CREDIT: REUTERS/MAXIM ZMEYEV)

A powerful Ukrainian rebel leader has confirmed that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the type Washington says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 and it could have originated in…

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