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Tegan And Sara Interview: Gay Rights, Public Service And The Music Industry

Identical twin Indie duo Tegan and Sara have been busy winning awards and producing work across genres since they first burst onto the scene in Canada back in 1995. Since then, they have been vocal in their support for various causes, including gay rights. Causecast’s Brandon Deroche recently caught up with the twins to discuss their take on Prop 8, civil marriage in Canada, community service, the Love Unites movement and being out in the music industry. CC: What are the causes you’re pa

How Liberalism in Europe Caused Revolution in Latin America

Latin America continued to be very important for Spain and Portugal but in many respects the importance of Spain and Portugal was declining in Latin America and its Creoles in particular. Spain’s decline was much greater that Portugal’s particularly as the Habsburg dynasty came to a close and she had more to decline from. The apparent revival and reforms of the new Bourbon dynasty both in Spain and Latin America stopped the rot but did not reverse it. Spanish administration in Latin America was

Haitian prime minister called before Senate to answer challenge over handling of finances

Haitian prime minister faces Senate challenge PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ? Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis faced a challenge in Haiti’s Senate on Thursday with lawmakers from the president’s own party who are trying to remove her. Pierre-Louis was summoned to appear before senators to answer questions about $197 million earmarked to help the Caribbean nation recover from four storms [...]

Haitian prime minister to face Senate challenge (AP)

AP – Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis faces a showdown in Haiti’s Senate on Thursday with lawmakers from the president’s own party who are trying to remove her. View original post here: (AP)"> (AP)">Haitian prime minister to face Senate challenge (AP)

Haitian prime minister to face Senate challenge (AP)

AP – Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis faces a showdown in Haiti’s Senate on Thursday with lawmakers from the president’s own party who are trying to remove her. Here is the original: (AP)"> (AP)">Haitian prime minister to face Senate challenge (AP)

pursuit & purpose

As I left the hospital room to come to my favorite reading/writing place (Thunderbird), Jamie looked at me with tears in her eyes and said, “I’m glad I get to walk through all of this with you.” I couldn’t agree with her more. Story is back at the hospital today…we’re not sure if they are re-admitting her or not. Doing bone scans which is a long process to figure out if there is infection in her bones. She’s still not using her legs and in a lot of pain/discomfort. God has been and continues t

The Manliest Man That Ever Wuz.

The Dos Equis pitchman just relinquished his title as "The World's Most Interesting Man." Long-time ExLg fans might remember our post on the exploits of real-life action hero, Max Hardberger . (Even his name's out of central casting!) Here's a recap: NEW ORLEANS — If repossessing a used Chevrolet can be tricky, consider retrieving the Aztec Express, a 700-foot cargo ship under guard in Haiti as civil unrest spread through the country. Only a few repo men possess the guile and resourceful


The Crisis in Honduras and the Bolivarian Dynamic By Emile Schepers 8-03-09, 10:05 am Pro-democracy protesters have faced down pro-coup military forces daily in Honduras since the June 28th coup. The June 28 coup d’etat in the Central American nation of Honduras, in which left-leaning President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a right-wing military, political and judicial conspiracy backed by the most reactionary political networks in the United States, was aimed not only at Zelaya p

Modern Paraphrase of Matthew 25

This broke my heart from the Livesay Haiti blog . “For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank BOTTLED water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me DEPORTED. I needed clothes, but you needed MORE clothes. I was sick, and you pointed out the BEHAVIORS that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I DESERVED.” – Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel From left to right: Dieuvlet, Peterly, Jonny, Gilderson (These four bo

New U.S. ambassador in Haiti

By Jennifer Browning Haiti is no stranger to Kenneth H. Merten, the new U.S ambassador to Haiti. Merten worked in the small Caribbean country twice before taking over the diplomatic mission. For his first tour in Haiti Merten worked as  the economic section chief. After working as an economic officer for the U.S. embassy in Bonn, Germany, Merten returned to Haiti to serve as vice consul in Port-au-Prince. His Washington assignments include two tours in the State Department Operations Cente

Monica Keena: Monica Keena pictures

By Therese Lisieux on August 4th, 2009 Monica Keena, back then in 2008, and recently on August 1, 2009. Did she do anything to her face?Monica Keena attends the premiere of New Line Cinema’s ‘Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay’ at the Cinerama Dome on April 17, 2008 in Hollywood, California.* Monica Keena during the Adult Swim ROBOT CHICKEN SKATE PARTY BUS TOUR, held at Skateland, on August 1, 2009, in Northridge, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles. * Please click here for more recent

Hawk Nelson Lives Life Loud

Alternative pop rock group Hawk Nelson is back with their fourth studio album! The Canadian foursome, who has already won the hearts of fans nationwide having sold over half a million albums since their 2004 debut release Letters to the President, will release Live Life Loud on September 22nd. Hawk Nelson has been nominated for a Grammy, Juno and GMA Dove award, and its 2006 sophomore album Smile, It’s The End Of The World, was named Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year at the GMA Canada

David and Goliath: Bosnian Serbs Against the West

by Wanda Schindley Global Research , July 31, 2009 On June 20 th the High Representative for Bosnia, Austrian Valentin Inzko, annulled legislation passed by the Bosnian Serb, Republika Srpska (RS), parliament that would reclaim some of the powers of “semi-autonomy” that were promised to it in the constitution but that have been stripped away incrementally by International Community (IC) High Representatives under the so-called Bonn powers. Inzko, the latest of seven H

KLF star’s tower opens for village festival

Community festivals are held all over Northern Ireland but few can boast the involvement of a modern music pioneer. Bill Drummond delivered a series of international hits as one half of the KLF and his machine-gun toting performance at the 1992 Brit awards ceremony remains the stuff of legend. He may have been firing blanks, but the thrash version of the group’s track 3am Eternal with Extreme Noise Terror was enough for classical conductor Sir Georg Solti to walk out. The former mana

The Moderometer: Charting Obama’s Zig-Zag

… Step Left Domestically, Gesture Left Globally, but Keep Your Foreign Policies Somewhat Centered By Gil Troy, History News Network (HNN), 8-3-09 Mr. Troy is Professor of History at McGill University in Montreal and a Visiting Scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC. His latest book is: Leading from the Center: Why Moderates Make the Best Presidents (Basic Books). Throughout the presidential campaign, both supporters and opponents of Barack Obama wondered if he

Welcome to the Neighborhood Jacky!!

Tweet This Story! Other Articles by Jacky: Jacky Jasper aka The Hollywood Street King continues to Break Rules and Bring Resources To The Streets! Jacky says….. “No to Censorship!” Jacky Wants To Know Why Russell?? NECOLE BITCHIE RESPONDS TO JACKY EARTH TO JACKY: Hoes Aren’t Your Friends Jacky takes off for Brazil, Happy Holidays to All!! Jacky Jasper Challenges Trey Songz To Street Fight @ BET Awards Jacky Says: Go To Clash Studio

PRESS RELEASE: Incofin Makes Equity Investment of $750,000 in Haitian Microfinance Institution ACME

Source: Incofin . Original press release not available online. Incofin , Belgium’s leading microfinance investment company is investing USD 750,000 as lead investor in the first equity increase of ACME , one of the Haitian Microfinance leaders. ACME is Haiti’s second largest microfinance institution in terms of number of clients (25,000 active clients) and the third in terms of portfolio (USD 10 million). ACME was founded in 1997 by a Belgian social entrepreneur with the mission of “br

Cameron Sinclair: Fractured Paradise: Four Days in Haiti

Last week I traveled with Yele Haiti down to Haiti to see if my organization could provide professional design and building services for a couple of projects on the ground. What I found was a country very different from what was reported in the media or gleaned from You Tube . However, it is still a world away from the three and a half hour plane ride from New York City. Founded by musician Wyclef Jean, Yele Haiti is working around the country on a variety of issues from access to food

Cameron Sinclair: Fractured Paradise: Four Days in Haiti (The Huffington Post)

Last week I traveled with Yele Haiti down to Haiti to see if my organization could provide professional design and building services for a couple…

We Need a USAID Administrator!

The Obama administration’s nomination of Dr. Paul Farmer to run USAID, the aid agency, seems to be in trouble. The vetting process is way over the top, and it’s absurd to me that Dr. Farmer — who is pretty much a saint, as well as an expert on development issues with mud-between-the-toes experience in Haiti and Rwanda — is running into obstacles in the process. Look, I’m sure if you look hard enough and far back enough, you can find things he said or did that maybe he shouldn’t have. But this k