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Radio Station Sorry for Killing Off Queen, 99 Others

Obituaries mistakenly published during RFI website work

(Newser) - Dozens of political leaders, cultural figures, and celebrities did not die en masse on Monday, though anyone perusing the website of Radio France Internationale might have thought otherwise. Obituaries for roughly 100 people were mistakenly published—and some automatically picked up by partner sites such as Google, Yahoo, and MSN—...

Denials Aside, the CIA Spied on Noam Chomsky

FOIA request reveals secret memo on the MIT professor

(Newser) - The CIA would never keep a file on political dissident Noam Chomsky—right? For years, the agency denied keeping a Chomsky file, but a Freedom of Information Act request to the FBI has punctured a hole in that story, Foreign Policy reports. Turns out that a CIA memo to the...

Celebs Back Calif. Prisoners' Hunger Strike

Jay Leno, Bonnie Raitt, others sign letter to governor

(Newser) - California prisoners have been hunger striking since July 8 to protest the state's use of solitary confinement, and now they have a cohort of celebrities and other big names on their side. In a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown sent yesterday, Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, Bonnie Raitt, Jay Leno,...

US, Israel Real Threats to Middle East Peace
US, Israel Real Threats
to Middle East Peace
noam chomsky

US, Israel Real Threats to Middle East Peace

Iran's pursuit of nuclear power doesn't seem to bother MIT prof

(Newser) - President Obama isn't the only one worried about the drumbeat toward war with Iran. So is MIT professor Noam Chomsky, who argues that Iran's pursuit of nuclear power—and perhaps weapons—is a defensive posture against the region's two main aggressors, the US and Israel. "Concerns...

Noam Chomsky: Osama bin Laden Was Just a 'Suspect,' and Deserved 'Fair Trial'
 Bin Laden Just a 
 'Suspect,' Deserved Trial 
Noam Chomsky

Bin Laden Just a 'Suspect,' Deserved Trial

Noam Chomsky describes his reaction to Osama bin Laden raid

(Newser) - Noam Chomsky calls the killing of Osama bin Laden “a planned assassination” that violated international law, and he wonders how the US would react if “Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic.” Why use Bush for...

France Urged to Repay Haiti's $22B 'Independence Debt'

Payout would make up for quake aid shortfall

(Newser) - France should fork over almost $22 billion to Haiti to make up for the "independence debt" it extorted from its former colony 200 years ago, a group of prominent activists and authors has urged in a letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The money would give the impoverished Caribbean...

Israel Denies Chomsky Entry
 Israel Denies Chomsky Entry 

Israel Denies Chomsky Entry

Vocal critic of nation's policies stopped at border

(Newser) - Israel denied entry to Noam Chomsky yesterday, blocking the renowned academic from a speaking engagement at the West Bank's Birzeit University. Chomsky believes he was denied entry because the government "did not like that I was only talking at Birzeit and not at an Israeli university, too," he...

America's Most Powerful Octogenarians

Slate ranks the country's top old people

(Newser) - Retirement? Bah! Slate’s annual 80 for 80 list ranks America’s mightiest octogenarians, giving extra credit for post-80 achievements, and “being really, really old.” The top:
  1. Thomas Monson (82): As the head of the Mormon church, 13 million people think he’s a prophet “in the

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