Daily Archives: February 13, 2012

BREAKING: Obama Unveils 2013 Budget

President Obama unveils $3.8 trillion 2013 budget calling for tax hikes on rich and more spending on infrastructure and teachers.

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China Jails Man for Sharing Poem Online

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A Chinese dissident writer was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday for “inciting subversion of state power,” according to a human rights group that monitors such cases.

Part of the evidence against Zhu Yufu: A poem titled “It’s Time,” which Mr.  Zhu shared online while dissidents were circulating calls for the Chinese people to emulate the “Arab Spring” protests across the Middle East. It evokes protests in Tiananmen Square.

Mr. Zhu also was convicted of collecting funding for people who endanger state security, inciting people to hate the socialist system, and expressing views that identified him as part of the illegal China Democracy Party.

Besides the poem, Mr. Zhu was known for writing articles that criticized corruption and drew attention to political prisoners.

Over the last few months, three other dissidents have received sentences of nine and ten years for subversion or inciting subversion.

To read Mr. Zhu’s poem, please click here.

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On This Day…

In 1935, a jury in Flemington, New Jersey, found Bruno Richard Hauptmann guilty of first-degree murder in the kidnap-death of the infant son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh. Mr. Hauptmann was later executed.

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Man Arrested in Connection with Neo-Nazi Group

A man has been arrested in Germany, accused of having ties to the neo-Nazi terror group known as the National Socialist Underground.

The man is suspected of assisting members of a neo-Nazi terror group in six murders.

The National Socialist Underground is believed to be responsible for ten murders that targeted foreigners between 2000 and 2007. The group is also believed to have robbed several banks and carried out bomb explosions in Cologne.

Thirty-one-year-old Carsten S. and one other person are suspected, of providing a gun and ammunition to the group. It is unclear if the weapon was used in the murders.

S.’s background, according to federal prosecutors, indicates he had connection with the three principal suspects in the murders, Uwe Böhnhardt, Uwe Mundlos and Beate Zschäpe.

A police raid in November found that Böhnhardt and Mundlos killed themselves before they were going to be arrested. Zschäpe turned herself in and is currently in custody.

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BREAKING: Adele Wins Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year

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British songstress Adele takes home album of the year for “21,” her sixth Grammy award of the night.

She and songwriting partner Paul Epworth won song of the year for “Rolling in the Deep.” The twenty-three-year-old British singer also won record of the year for the same hit.

As stars accepted their Grammys at the 54th annual awards show, they also paid tribute to music icon Whitney Houston, who died unexpectedly the day before the show.

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