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MIA Calls Out Beyoncé, Black Lives Matter

'Michelle Obama is not going to hump you back'

(Newser) - Pop star MIA called out Beyoncé and the Black Lives Matter movement while criticizing the American media during an interview with the Evening Standard this week. Specifically, she wondered why Black Lives Matter is the only "problem you're allowed to talk about." “Is Beyoncé or Kendrick... More »

WWII Vet 'Buried at Sea' Finally Coming Home

Remains of Tennessee Medal of Honor recipient are found on Pacific Island

(Newser) - The remains of a World War II Marine will finally be laid to rest after a 70-year search for his body. First Lt. Alexander "Sandy" Bonnyman Jr. was killed on Nov. 22, 1943, in the Battle of Tarawa, according to the Boulder Daily Camera . The Medal of Honor recipient... More »

Meet the Guy Whose Face Is on the POW Flag

Jeffrey Heisley wasn't actually a prisoner of war

(Newser) - Jeffrey Heisley was never a prisoner of war—but his silhouette has represented POWs for decades. Suffering from hepatitis, Heisley had to leave the Marine Corps' officer candidate program as a young man. In the course of the illness, he tells Fox News , "I had all my hair cut... More »

How One Man Leads Hunt for Lost WWII Marines

In Tawara, amateur historian Mark Noah digs up lost servicemen

(Newser) - Heard of the WWII battle of Tarawa? It isn't world-famous, but more than 1,100 Marines died at the Pacific atoll when their boats got stuck in low tide and the Japanese mowed them down. The US won in the end, but up to 520 Marines, later buried in... More »

MIA's Opener: Julian Assange

He video chats with NYC audience

(Newser) - MIA's Matangi tour launched Friday night in New York City, and there was an unexpected opening act: Julian Assange. The WikiLeaks founder Skyped in from the Ecuadorian embassy in London so he could address the audience via video, Rolling Stone reports. "I have become a fan of MIA... More »

Singer MIA to NFL: I'm the One Who's Unwholesome?

She flipped the middle finger in 2012, and league wants $1.5M: Hollywood Reporter

(Newser) - Remember when M.I.A. flipped the middle finger at the end of her 2012 Super Bowl halftime performance? Yeah, lots of people don't remember, or at least don't care anymore, including the FCC and NBC. But that's decidedly not the case with the NFL. The Hollywood... More »

Secret Report Slams Inept MIA Recovery Effort

Suppressed Pentagon report says effort is approaching 'total failure'

(Newser) - An internal report that military leaders tried to bury is revealing serious concerns from within about the effort to account for those American troops still listed as missing in action. "The descent from dysfunction to total failure ... is inevitable" if action isn't taken to fix the program, says... More »

MIA Hit By Restraining Order After Twitter Meltdown

Benjamin Bronfman doesn't want her taking son to London

(Newser) - Things have gotten pretty ugly between rapper MIA and her babydaddy and ex-fiance Benjamin Bronfman: After MIA allegedly threatened to take son Ikhyd to London, Bronfman got a temporary restraining order to make sure she can't, sources tell the New York Post . All three are currently living in Brooklyn,... More »

New Hope for MIA Search in Vietnam

Country opens 3 previously restricted sites to US to excavate

(Newser) - Fresh hope for the families of four troops missing in action in Vietnam. The country today announced that it will allow the US to search three restricted areas for the men's remains. The previously restricted areas include two likely plane crash locations and the site of a firefight in... More »

Search to Resume for MIAs in N. Korea

60 years after conflict, US hunts remains of 5,300 troops

(Newser) - For the first time in seven years, searchers will enter North Korea to track down the remains of thousands of troops who went missing in the Korean War 60 years ago. The US had previously shut down a decade-long operation, fearing for the safety of its officials in the country;... More »

MIA's Rider Demands 3 Burka-Clad Women

Oh, and she needs some vodka too, of course

(Newser) - MIA has become quite a hot topic since she flipped the bird at the Super Bowl and the subsequent revelation that her relationship with fiancé and babydaddy Benjamin Bronfman is on the skids. So is it any surprise that the Smoking Gun , which loves to air stars' diva demands, got... More »

Enough With the Outrage Over MIA's Middle Finger

It was hardly the most offensive thing about the Super Bowl: Sasha Frere-Jones

(Newser) - NBC, the NFL, and MIA herself have now all apologized for the singer's middle finger incident at the Super Bowl—but why? "Unless somebody was handing out Xanax with the foam fingers, Lucas Oil Stadium was ringing with the music of profanities" during the game, writes Sasha Frere-Jones... More »

MIA Flips Bird in Super Bowl Halftime Show

Apparently she cusses, too, just like in song's original version

(Newser) - What would a Super Bowl halftime show be without a pop star doing something fairly outrageous? But halftime queen Madonna wasn't this year's provoker; it was her guest star—political dance maven MIA, who ended her performance during Madonna's "Give Me All Your Luvin" by flipping... More »

MIA Remembers Amy Winehouse in New Song

'27' also pays tribute to Joplin, Cobain, Morrison: NYDN

(Newser) - MIA's tribute to fellow musician Amy Winehouse is, fittingly, a song. "All rock stars go to heaven, you said you'll be dead at 27," MIA sings in "27," which alludes to other singers who have also died at that age—among them Janis Joplin,... More »

Philippines, US to Search for WWII MIAs

The two countries hope to give fallen soldiers a proper burial after 65 years

(Newser) - The Philippines and the United States have signed an accord to jointly search for the remains of American troops missing in action in the Philippines during World War II. The "statement of intent" signed today by Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario and Ambassador Harry Thomas Jr. was the... More »

NYT Corrects MIA Article

Frygate 2010, sadly, goes unaddressed

(Newser) - You win this round, MIA: After the rapper posted secretly-recorded audio clips from her interview with Lynn Hirschberg, the New York Times Magazine added an editor’s note correcting Hirschberg’s article. “While MIA did make those remarks” in question, “she did not make the entire statement at... More »

MIA Pens Song for 'Racist' NYT Reporter

Sample lyric: 'You're a racist / I wouldn't trust you one bit.'

(Newser) - MIA isn't stopping at sharing Lynn Hirschberg’s phone number with the Twitterverse in retaliation for the reporter’s unflattering New York Times Magazine profile of the singer. MIA's latest move: a song for Hirschberg—aptly titled “IM A SINGER”—which poses the lyrical question, “Why the... More »

Miffed MIA Tweets Times Reporter's Phone Number

And pretends it's her own

(Newser) - Maya Arulpragasam, aka MIA, must have really hated Lynn Hirschberg's piece about her in New York Times Magazine , because she's just plastered Hischberg's cell phone number on Twitter—pretending it's her own. “CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b... More »

What to Make of MIA's Very Graphic Music Video

Is 'Born Free' a political statement or a publicity stunt?

(Newser) - MIA’s latest video is so graphic YouTube banned it in the US. “Born Free,” directed by Romain Gavras and released yesterday, shows US soldiers forcing redheaded men and boys into a bus, driving them to the desert, then shooting, beating, and blowing them up. In addition to... More »

Mars Rover Goes Missing

May be 'hibernating' to survive Martian winter

(Newser) - The Mars rover is MIA. The machine has failed to make a scheduled communication with the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, and NASA officials are speculating that the aging Spirit may have gone into power-saving "hibernation" mode to survive the red planet's winter. "We may not hear from Spirit again... More »

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