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Netanyahu Rejects Obama Call for Palestinian State Based on 1967 Borders

Netanyahu Rejects Obama Call for Palestinian State Based on 1967 Borders | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swiftly rejected President Obama's call Thursday for Israel to pull back to the borders that existed before the 1967 Six-Day War, calling those lines militarily "indefensible."

Obama, in a sweeping address tackling the uprisings in the Middle East and the stalled peace process, stunned Washington and Jerusalem by endorsing Palestinians' demand for their own state based on the pre-1967 borders. The break with longstanding U.S. policy appeared to immediately aggravate the Israelis, who want the borders of any future Palestinian state determined through negotiations.

In a statement released late Thursday, Netanyahu said such a withdrawal would jeopardize Israel's security and leave major West Bank settlements outside Israeli borders."
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Quote of the Day: Danish film director on sympathy for Hitler

Quote of the Day: Danish film director on sympathy for Hitler | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"I understand Hitler. He did some wrong things, absolutely, but I can see him sitting there in his bunker at the end ... I sympathize with him a bit."

- LARS VON TRIER, the Danish film director, who has apologized for saying he was a Nazi and that Israel was "a pain" during a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival. Nevertheless, organizers have banned him, saying he's "persona non grata"
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'Psychology Today' Deletes Post Questioning Beauty of African-American Women | Adweek

'Psychology Today' Deletes Post Questioning Beauty of African-American Women | Adweek | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"Mental health bimonthly Psychology Today came under fire Monday after it published a blog post by Dr. Satoshi Kanazawa titled "Why Are African-American Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?"

In response to the perhaps predictable backlash, the magazine softened the provocative headline by changing it to "Why Are African-American Women Rated Less Attractive Than Other Women, but Black Men Are Rated Better Looking Than Other Men?"

But by Monday afternoon, the publication had entirely removed the post from its website, as outcry spread.

According to a cached version of the article, Kanazawa extrapolates from an unrelated third-party study, before speculating the answer that higher testosterone levels make black women more manly—and therefore less pretty."
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Egyptian Saif al-Adel now acting leader of al Qaeda, ex-militant says

Egyptian Saif al-Adel now acting leader of al Qaeda, ex-militant says | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been chosen "caretaker" leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group's inner workings.

Al Qaeda's interim leader is Saif al-Adel, who has long played a prominent role in the group, according to Noman Benotman. Benotman has known the al Qaeda leadership for more than two decades. He was once a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a militant organization that used to be aligned with al Qaeda, but in recent years renounced al Qaeda's ideology."
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Quote of the Day: STEPHEN HAWKING on the Afterlife

Quote of the Day: STEPHEN HAWKING on the Afterlife | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers."

- STEPHEN HAWKING, British physicist and author, dismissing the notion of life after death
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Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility For Deadly Suicide Bombing (VIDEO)

Pakistani Taliban Claim Responsibility For Deadly Suicide Bombing (VIDEO) | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"A pair of Taliban suicide bombers attacked paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading home for a break after months of training, killing 80 people Friday in the first act of retaliation for the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

In claiming responsibility, the al-Qaida linked militant group cited anger at Pakistan's military for failing to stop the American incursion on their soil."
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Quote of the Day: Taliban spokesperson on suicide bombing in Pakistan

Quote of the Day: Taliban spokesperson on suicide bombing in Pakistan | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"We have done this to avenge the Abbottabad incident."

- AHSANULLAH AHSAN, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, after a pair of suicide bombers attacked recruits leaving a paramilitary training center in Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 80 people
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Quote of the Day: presiding judge in case of 91-year-old convicted of aiding Nazis

Quote of the Day: presiding judge in case of 91-year-old convicted of aiding Nazis | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"Every Trawniki man knew that he was part of a well and smoothly operating apparatus that had no other goal than systematically murdering Jews."

-- RALPH ALT,the presiding judge in the case of 91-year-old John Demjanjuk, who was convicted of aiding Nazis in the murder of at least 28,000 Jews during World War II; he was sentenced to five years in prison

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rougier marie's comment, May 14, 2011 5:40 AM
some times, human being sucks.
Baochi's comment, May 15, 2011 5:33 PM
Marie, I totally agree with you -- how can some human beings being cruel and evil? Mystery of life...
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Justice Backlogged: Only about 6% of rapists ever spend a day in jail

"Rape is a violent crime that occurs every two minutes in the United States."

"A large part of my research was enhanced by the generosity and openness of two women whom I met through RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, who are both members of the RAINN Speakers Bureau. The insights each woman shared helped me to understand what they went through: physically, emotionally and spiritually. Our talks allowed me to see how being raped continues to affect their lives today.

In the critical moments following their attacks, these women went through the process of collecting DNA evidence, commonly known as getting a "rape kit." Then, both women had to wait.

One of these survivors waited for 10 years before DNA evidence linked her rapist to other attacks. Once the evidence was matched, the serial offender who raped both her and her roommate was convicted and put behind bars.

The other survivor had to wait even longer -- 18 years. She taught me that information is armor; it gives courage to victims to go forward and fight for their truth to be heard.

Unfortunately, when forensic evidence from a rape kit lingers on a shelf, cases are not solved and rapists are allowed to run free and strike again.

This should never happen."
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Students Condemn Flag-Burning Protest on LSU Campus - Fox News Insider

Students Condemn Flag-Burning Protest on LSU Campus - Fox News Insider | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
FoxNation.com obtained exclusive video showing Louisiana State University students patriotic response to another student’s flag-burning protest.
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Futurity.org – 400,000 women raped in 1 year

Futurity.org – 400,000 women raped in 1 year | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"In the Democratic Republic of Congo, more than 400,000 women ages 15 to 49 were raped in a 12-month period. That is 1,152 every day, 48 every hour, and four every five minutes."
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MSNBC's Bashir Asks Tancredo: 'Would You Have Preferred Obama's Death Over Bin Laden's?'

Good God! Watch this video and weigh in.
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Assisted Suicide Goes Digital: When Is a Chat-Room Post a Crime?

Assisted Suicide Goes Digital: When Is a Chat-Room Post a Crime? | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"On Nov. 27, 2005, a man in Faribault, Minn., received an e-mail with a subject line that read, "Melissa goodbye to Li Dao." It was a suicide note, scribbled digitally, sent by a woman to her online pen pal who had actively encouraged her to embrace death. The only catch: Li Dao was not a real person, and, according to authorities, the virtual advice was not an act of empathy but an attempt to manipulate Melissa into taking her own life — all for what the man told the police was the "the thrill of the chase."

Li Dao was one of the several aliases used by 48-year-old William Melchert-Dinkel, who would impersonate a female nurse and advise people on suicide methods in online chat rooms. Melissa was one of the dozens of victims he encouraged to commit suicide by feigning compassion. "Having your support is going to help me muster up the strength to go through with this," Melissa wrote to him. Melchert-Dinkel (who was a registered nurse at the time) then replied, advising Melissa to stay calm while she took her own life: "Just let yourself down on the rope and let go."

...The chilling case has fascinated legal experts, who say it poses a unique test of the criminal-justice system and of the First Amendment's freedom-of-speech guarantees."
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Video Game Backed by Chinese Army Features U.S. Soldiers as Enemies - Techland - TIME.com

Video Game Backed by Chinese Army Features U.S. Soldiers as Enemies   - Techland - TIME.com | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"Wired is reporting that the People's Liberation Army in China now has its own game called Glorious Mission that runs along the same vein as America's Army. Says Wired:

"But there's one key difference between the American and Chinese 'shooters.' Where the bad guys in America's Army are generic Middle Eastern or Central Asian insurgents and terrorists, the enemy in Glorious Mission is apparently the U.S. military. A TV report offers glimpses of an American-made Apache gunship crashing in flames."

The premises of U.S.-centric military shooters like the Call of Duty or Battlefield series have either trended toward battles against enemy militaries from actual wars—a historical perspective, if you will—or, as Wired puts it, "generic" insurgents and terrorist groups."
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Vatican Gets Tough on Child Abuse, but Not Tough Enough

Vatican Gets Tough on Child Abuse, but Not Tough Enough | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"When the Vatican issued a letter on Monday ordering bishops across the world to draw up tough guidelines for dealing with priests who rape or molest children, it addressed only half the scandal that has been rocking the Catholic Church."

"But what Monday's letter fails to do is put in place any sanctions on the bishops who oversee those clerics, should they fail to follow through with the recommendations. Child abuse is by no means unique to the Catholic Church. What sets the scandal apart is the sustained and widespread effort by church authorities to cover up for and protect the accused. And, in this regard, the new guidelines change little."
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Britney Spears 'Mentally Incapable' of Getting Married While Under Conservatorship

Britney Spears 'Mentally Incapable' of Getting Married While Under Conservatorship | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Dude, I think Britney's rights are not being observed.

"Fame and fortune aside, Spears is still under tight conservatorship, which was put in place amid her a psychiatric meltdown in 2008, meaning her father Jamie Spears is in control of all her assets, finances, and decisions – both personally and professionally.

According to Spears’s parents, their superstar daughter is also "mentally incapable" of testifying in court, in a trial related to a lawsuit filed by her former manager, Sam Lutfi against mom Lynn Spears for defamation.

So are there still cracks below Britney’s seemingly “normal” surface?
“Britney is doing a lot better than she was, but they (her camp) are afraid that standing trial will throw her back into depression and instability,” an inside source told FOX411’s Pop Tarts. “They’re avoiding all situations that could derail her progression.”

But they may be being short sighted. Experts we talked to say that such a bold move could have potentially dangerous ramifications for Spears.

“While it might be convenient to protect her from the court case – legally, mentally and emotionally – this ploy by the parents is a dangerous claim because it can create other consequences regarding her custody of her children or her mental capacity as a parent,” explained celebrity life coach Patrick Wanis PhD.

Spears also lost custody of her young sons Sean Preston and Jayden James to her former husband Kevin Federline in 2007.

But its not just custody that's threatened. It's also her love life.

Spears and Trawick have been in a serious relationship for two years now. Spears told Harper’s Bazaar that she’s contemplating marriage if “the timing is right.”

However, right now, Spears couldn't say "I do" if she wanted.

“For a legal marriage to take place in California, a person must have the ability to make legally binding decisions. Just signing the marriage license requires this. Because Britney is under a conservatorship for all intents and purposes she cannot get married. The conservatorship would have to be set aside before she can legally tie the knot,” explained California attorney, David E. Wohl. “As far as the law is concerned, Britney is a child.”

And for that conservatorship can be terminated, Wohl said that the songstress will have to present a psychologists report to the court that indicates she's capable of functioning as a responsible adult."
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Records Indicate That Terrorists Everywhere Enjoy Pornography And Street Prostitutes | The Smoking Gun

Records Indicate That Terrorists Everywhere Enjoy Pornography And Street Prostitutes | The Smoking Gun | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
Oh the piety of the pious...

"In light of the reported discovery of a large pornography stash in the Bilal Town lair of the late Osama bin Laden, here’s a mug shot of fellow terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki, who was convicted a couple of times for trolling for street hookers while living in California.

Al-Awlaki, 40, was twice collared on prostitution charges while living in San Diego. He is seen above in a booking photo snapped after a 1997 solicitation arrest. In search of an affordable blowjob, the imam apparently relaxed his devout Muslim beliefs (at least for a few minutes).

The American-born Islamic scholar, who is targeted for death by U.S. forces, was sentenced to probation, fined, and ordered to perform community service following the 1997 bust. A 1996 conviction resulted in al-Awlaki being sentenced to attend an AIDS education course and to pay fines and restitution.

Al-Awlaki could not be reached for comment about his rap sheet."
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Quote of the Day: Kansas Congresswoman on approved ban of insurance coverage for abortions

Quote of the Day: Kansas Congresswoman on approved ban of insurance coverage for abortions | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"There's clearly a message here that women are dispensable. I'm sick and tired of being treated like a second-class citizen."

- ANNIE KUETHER, Kansas Congresswoman, after state legislators approved a ban on insurance companies' offering abortion coverage unless a woman's life is at risk; it's the latest in a string of antiabortion measures in the state since Governor Sam Brownback took office


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Getting Osama Bin Laden: The Case Against Torture

"But with President Barack Obama responsible for the operation which killed bin Laden, Republican uber-hawks needed something else to criticize: President Obama refuses to allow the torture of captives.

Congress has passed legislation and approved treaties outlawing torture. The executive branch prosecuted Japanese military officers for torturing Americans. Washington routinely criticizes other governments for employing torture. Nevertheless, the GOP torture caucus argues that Bush-era prisoner abuse enabled officials to track down bin Laden."
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Taliban's Twitter Account Starts Tweeting in English

Taliban's Twitter Account Starts Tweeting in English | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"he Taliban has extended its propaganda efforts into the social media realm, sending its first tweet in English from the handle @alemarahweb.

The account started tweeting in Pashtun in December 19. Its roughly 750 tweets detail what the Guardian calls “highly exaggerated reports” of strikes against the Taliban’s enemies. As of Thursday, some of these tweets have been written in English. Most of them are death tolls.

This matches the message that the Taliban has distributed through its spokesmen and other media, including the Internet. Despite declaring the Internet unholy and banning its use for millions of Afghan citizens in 2000, the Taliban has maintained a website since at least 2001."
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rougier marie's comment, May 14, 2011 5:35 AM
do they have some 'followers' ?
Baochi's comment, May 15, 2011 5:33 PM
Marie, apparently, they have thousands of followers.
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John Demjanjuk Convicted Over Nazi Camp Deaths

John Demjanjuk Convicted Over Nazi Camp Deaths | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"Retired U.S. autoworker John Demjanjuk was convicted of thousands of counts of acting as an accessory to murder at a Nazi death camp and sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison, a groundbreaking verdict that closed one chapter in a decades-long legal battle.

Judges ordered him released pending appeal, on the ground that he did not pose a flight risk.

Demjanjuk was found guilty of 28,060 counts of being an accessory to murder, one for each person who died during the time he was ruled to have been a guard at the Sobibor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland."
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Should a Mother Lose Custody of Her Kids Because She Has Cancer?

Should a Mother Lose Custody of Her Kids Because She Has Cancer? | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"Alaina Giordano was already engaged in a battle royale, fighting Stage 4 breast cancer, when her struggle intensified recently: a judge ruled that the N.C. woman must give up custody of her two children to her husband, who lives in Chicago, in part because "children who have a parent with cancer need more contact with the non-ill parent."

Should a Mother Lose Custody of Her Kids Because She Has Cancer?
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Activist battles Kenyan tradition of rape 'beading'

Activist battles Kenyan tradition of rape 'beading' | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"Josephine is 12 years old and several months pregnant.

She's a member of the Samburu tribe, living in a small village in a remote part of Isiolo in Kenya's Eastern Province. The pre-teen, whose identity is being protected, claims she had sex with a relative -- a rape sanctioned by the Samburu, through a practice called "beading."

Intricate beaded necklaces are a symbol of the Kenyan nation. But to young Samburu girls, the necklaces are a symbol not of national pride, but something much darker, that can lead to rape, unwanted pregnancies -- and even the deaths of newborns, according to activist Josephine Kulea and the Samburu tribe itself.

In "beading," a close family relative will approach a girl's parents with red Samburu beads and place the necklace around the girl's neck.

"Effectively he has booked her," says Kulea, a member of the Samburu herself. "It is like a (temporary) engagement, and he can then have sex with her." Girls are also "beaded" as an early marriage promise by non-relatives.

Some girls who are "beaded" are no more than 6 years old."
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Judge Allows Indiana to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding

Judge Allows Indiana to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"Indiana won a key victory in its fight to cut off public funding for Planned Parenthood Wednesday when a federal judge refused to block a tough new abortion law from taking effect, a move that could boost Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels' image among social conservatives as he considers running for president.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied Planned Parenthood of Indiana's request for a temporary restraining order despite arguments that the law jeopardizes health care for thousands of women."
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Bin Laden sons' anger at killing

Bin Laden sons' anger at killing | The Unpopular Opinion | Scoop.it
"A statement given to the New York Times newspaper said the family wanted to know why the al-Qaeda leader had not been captured alive.

Relatives who survived the 2 May raid in Pakistan should be freed, it said.

Another statement appeared on a jihadist website saying the burial of Bin Laden at sea "demeans and humiliates his family".

Osama Bin Laden was shot dead by US special forces during a raid on his home in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad.

US officials have said that while Bin Laden was unarmed he had given no indication to the US troops that he wanted to surrender.

Attorney General Eric Holder has said that the killing was lawful and "an act of national self-defence".

The statement printed by the New York Times was attributed to Bin Laden's fourth son, Omar Bin Laden, who has repeatedly distanced himself from his father's ideology."
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