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Police officers stand guard at the Changsha Railway Station, in Changsha city. Photograph by ImageChina/AP.

By Evan Osnos The New Yorker Violence as savage and public as the massacre that took place at a Chinese train station on Saturday shocks the chemistry of a country in a way that years of more remote, simmering conflict do not. Acts of such spectacular violence exert unpredictable forces on the public and on the leaders who are charged with protecting it, transforming judgments Read More …

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By Kathlyn dela Cruz ABS-CBNnews.com  No order to pullout forces due to Palace ‘lies’ MANILA, Philippines — The remaining 224 followers of the Sultanate of Sulu in Sabah have decided not to retreat and instead die in Lahad Datu town “in pursuit of their dreams and aspirations,” the daughter of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III said on Saturday. Reading the letter of Crown Prince Datu Raja Read More …

Sandy Hook Promise

PerryScope By Perry Diaz One month and a day after the heinous massacre that slaughtered 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, proponents of gun control tasted their first victory when the state of New York passed the nation’s toughest gun control law on January 15, 2013.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in signing the New York Secure Read More …

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Telltale Signs By Rodel Rodis  In a press conference held after she returned to Manila on December 22, Miss Philippines Janine Tugonon told embittered supporters who believe she was robbed of the Miss Universe crown by a hometown decision to get over it. “Miss USA deserved to win and I’m fortunate to place second among 89 contestants,” she said. “Besides,” she added, “after what happened Read More …

Photo illustration shows a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle. The weapon is similar in style to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that was used during the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Conn. (Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images)

By Christopher Doering Gannett Washington Bureau USA TODAY Some experts question whether a more sweeping assault-weapons ban would have a serious impact on availability of the AR-15. Story Highlights The AR-15 is popular among target shooters and hunters Democrats are pushing to reinstate an assault weapons ban A new ban likely would make it illegal to manufacture an AR-15 WASHINGTON — The semi-automatic rifle used Read More …

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz When the National Rifle Association (NRA) broke their silence four days after the heinous massacre of 20 children and six adults, they issued a brief statement that they were prepared to offer “meaningful contributions” to help make sure this would never happen again, the details of which were to be given at a “major news conference” scheduled for last Friday, December Read More …

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Source: Manila Bulletin (AFP) NEWTOWN, Connecticut (AFP) — Nine-year-old Nicholas Sabillon was remarkably composed as he recounted how the Connecticut gunman who killed his schoolmates pounded on the locked door of the room where he was hiding. He shouted, “Let me in, let me in!” said Nicholas, who was interviewed with his parents Jose and Sherry. When the first shots rang out at Sandy Hook Read More …

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Source: Huffington Post Lawrence O’Donnell: NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre A ‘Desperate, Cornered Rat,’ ‘Lobbyist For Mass Murderers’ (VIDEO) Lawrence O’Donnell condemned NRA president Wayne LaPierre for Friday his press conference about the Newtown massacre in a special edition of his MSNBC show. O’Donnell does not usually work on Fridays, but he made an exception for LaPierre. The gun lobbyist called for armed police officers in Read More …

TINLEY PARK, IL - DECEMBER 17:  Jason Zielinski shows a customer a selection of AR-15 style rifles being offered for sale at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on December 17, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Americans purchased a record number of guns of guns in 2012. Gun sales have surged recently with people buy guns for personal protection following the mass shooting in Connecticut and gun enthusiasts buying guns because they fear a reinstatement of the assault weapons ban. About 47 percent of Americans own guns.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Four reminders about just how entrenched guns are in American society. BY ELIAS GROLL ForeignPolicy.com Though the issue has been largely on the political backburner for the last four years, last week’s tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut has already prompted a new push for gun control laws by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats. The president suggested in his speech in Newtown on Sunday that he Read More …

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Telltale Signs By Rodel E. Rodis If the Mayan Doomsday calendar prediction is right, then this will be my final column. It’s been a pleasure writing for you. Of course, if it turns out to be a 1600 year old hoax, then Merry Christmas to all. I wish I could write about something cheerful and positive, but mightily as I tried, the nightmarish image of Read More …