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UN announces “government of national unity” for divided Libya

October 9, 2015
ABC News ABC News    
Posted in News

"The U.N. envoy for Libya has announced a national unity government for Libya after months of difficult talks between the north African country's two rival governments. Bernardino Leon told a press conference late Thursday that the names of candidates for the national unity government have been decided." (10/08/15)  

Why we must fight for free speech for people we loathe

October 9, 2015
Brendan O'Neill spiked
by Brendan O'Neill  
Posted in Commentary

"At last people are taking seriously a freedom that spiked has been championing since we were founded, which we describe as 'the foundational freedom upon which every other right we enjoy is built.' But on another level there's a serious problem with this supposed backlash against censorship, something that ought to make all true free speechers feel uncomfortable. Which is this: for the most part, and certainly in all the recent flashpoint cases mentioned above, people are only defending free speech for people they like. In fact, their new interest in freedom of speech was kindled only when a colleague, comrade or mate of theirs faced censorship. They aren't defending freedom of speech; they're defending friends' speech." (10/08/15)  

NATO leaves door open for troops to remain in Afghanistan

October 9, 2015
Akron Beacon Journal    
Posted in News

"NATO is leaving the door open for a larger security force in Afghanistan than initially planned after 2016, but officials said Thursday the alliance is waiting for the U.S. to announce its decision, which could come as soon as next week. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he discussed the issue with a number of NATO allies Thursday and asked them 'to remain flexible' and consider making adjustments to their troop levels and posture in Afghanistan. He said a number of them indicated a willingness to change their plans." (10/08/15)  

Me versus me

October 9, 2015
J. Neil Schulman J Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J Neil Schulman  
Posted in Commentary

"I'm the author of twelve books, articles, essays, poetry, and screenwriting. I've written, produced, and directed two feature-length movies. I've blogged, commented, Facebooked, texted and tweeted, starting in small print publications, later in computer network chats and bulletin boards, and still later when the World Wide Web took over channeling messages. These days, contrary to the predictions of science fiction, full voice and live video two-way communications are widely available yet paradoxically more people than ever communicate in short-burst texts like the old telegrams. My point is I've been communicating to audiences small and wide for my entire professional life, going back to the early 1970s, and there's a well-preserved record of my opinions. I've been on both sides of several major issues, depending on the time." (10/08/15)  

CA: Spencer Stone, hero in French train attack, is stabbed in Sacramento

October 9, 2015
Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    
Posted in News

"Spencer Stone, one of three Americans hailed as heroes for stopping a suspected terror attack on a French train in August, was stabbed Wednesday night in the Sacramento area and is in stable condition, Air Force officials said. The Sacramento Police Department on Thursday morning declined to identify Stone as the victim, but described a stabbing incident that occurred around 12:46 a.m. in an area of downtown Sacramento with a number of nightclubs nearby. ... Sacramento police also have said alcohol appeared to be involved." (10/08/15)  

Jim Bovard talks with Peter Boyles on KNUS Denver

October 9, 2015
James Bovard
Posted in Commentary

"Denver KNUS host Peter Boyles and I had another rattlin' good chat today about the continuing cover-up of 9/11. Boyles has made himself an expert on the details of the Saudi involvement and is doing a great job of hammering this issue week after week." (10/08/15)  

Fifty years of socialized art and culture

October 8, 2015
Laurence M. Vance Future of Freedom Foundation
by Laurence M Vance  
Posted in Commentary

"Overshadowed by the fiftieth anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid this year was the fiftieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. ... The Endowments together have distributed more than $11 billion through more than 200,000 individual grants over the course of 50 years. But according to NEH chair William Adams, it's 'not just about the money.' It 'means something' when the state chooses to support arts and culture ..." (10/08/15)  

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