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Former Haitian dictator 'Baby Doc' dies

Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier died of a heart attack in Port-au-Prince at the age of 63, a family member told CNN Saturday.<p>Known by his nickname "Baby Doc," the so-called "President for life" actually fled Haiti in 1986 and stunned Haiti when he returned 25 years later.<p>He was charged …

Kenya: My Eyes Open, Part 1

I first came to Kenya via its northern border, crossing from Ethiopia to the nondescript town of Moyale. Somehow, I had forgotten to bring enough cash with me to pay for my Kenyan visa, and the ATMs in Moyale weren't working. The immigration officials could have turned me away, and forced me to …

Poverty vs. Democracy in America

50 years after Lyndon Johnson launched the War on Poverty, tens of millions of second-class Americans are still legally or effectively disenfranchised.<p>Richard says he is done being a criminal—but the law isn't done with him. Ever since he completed his four-year prison sentence for armed robbery, …

Meet The Felon Behind The WV Chemical Spill

“According to the Charleston Gazette (West Virginia), “Freedom Industries, the company responsible for contaminating the water of 300,000 Kanawha …

Somalis fear Kenya mall siege backlash

As Kenya mourns the victims of the Nairobi mall seige, members of the country’s Somali community say they are worried there will be a backlash against them.<p>They are concerned the harassment might come from either members of the public or the Kenya authorities who have often been accused of …

Kenya launches anti-corruption website

Kenya's presidency has launched a website allowing users to report corruption directly to the head of state, in a bid to improve the country's reputation.<p>State house spokesperson said on Thursday the move demonstrated President Uhuru Kenyatta's commitment to tackle rampant graft in the country.<p>"The …

Dozens killed in north Kenya inter-ethnic fighting

<b>NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – Dozens of people have died in northern Kenya in a week of fierce clashes between rival ethnic groups, aid sources and reports</b> …

Real hourly wage growth: The last generation

The last generation has been marked by a stark disconnect between productivity growth (up 80 percent between 1973 and 2011) and slow or stunted wage …

Ten Examples of Welfare for Corporations and the Ultra-Rich

<i>This article originally appeared at</i> The Huffington Post.<p>Olympic athletes queue up at the McDonalds inside the dining hall at the Olympic Village in …

First Bong Bowl? Matchup highlights NFL's pot stance

20 states have legalized medical marijuana. But NFL players who live there can't use pot.<p>Bong Bowl. Reefer Bowl. Stoner Bowl. These names are emerging leading up to this year's Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks.<p>Colorado and Washington are the only two states …

How to road-trip Canada on a budget

Canada is big and beautiful, but climate, distance and the high cost of domestic travel make it hard to get to know her. Having the freedom to throw your stuff in the trunk and set off as you please makes self-driving a tempting way to explore this frequently spectacular country.<p>The Trans-Canada …

Japanese fishermen begin annual slaughter of hundreds of dolphins

Fishermen in Japan began slaughtering hundreds of bottlenose dolphins early on Tuesday morning, campaigners said, despite mounting international calls for the animals to be spared.<p>Members of the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd who are monitoring the annual cull in Taiji, on Japan’s Pacific …

Pakistani jets strike Waziristan tribal areas

Pakistani fighter jets have launched an assault on tribal areas near the Afghan border in an operation against Taliban fighters, flattening several houses and sending villagers fleeing from their homes, military sources and local residents have said.<p>Residents of North Waziristan, where many …