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Republican Presidential Race, Whitey Bulger And High Altitude Airships Top Our List Of This Year’s Stories

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 28, 2011 — From the Arab Spring to the death of Steve Jobs, there was definitely no shortage of tragedy, triumph, pain, love, and hope throughout the U.S. and the world in 2011.

While we did not write about the Mideast awakening nor the death of Apple's founder, we at Modern Times Magazine did focus upon other nation/world stories that we hope have brought a bit of insight, light and opinion. We present to you the six most read nation/world articles from moderntimesmagazine.com from 2011.


No. 6 — The Impact of Osama bin Laden’s Death


When President Obama announced May 1 that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan, the country celebrated. Crowds took to the streets in several major U.S. cities — especially New York City and Washington — and al Qaeda suffered its biggest public relations blow. Read full story —>


No. 5 — Who Are The One Percent?



In the wake of the Occupy movement, the Congressional Budget Office released a decades-long report that highlighted income gains by the top earners. According to the report on household income, the top “1 percent” of earners in the U.S. saw a 275 percent increase in earnings while the “99 percent” saw increases from 16 to 60 percent over the past several decades. Read full story —>


No. 4 — Justice Fleeting In West Memphis Three Saga



The West Memphis Three — Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley and Jason Baldwin — were released from prison in August, after spending nearly 20 years prison for allegedly killing three 8-year-old cub scouts in what prosecutors called a “satanic ritual.” While they all have proclaimed their innocence throughout the entire legal saga, Misskelley did admit to the crime after more than 12 hours of interrogation. What eventually got them out is the admission of new DNA evidence in 2007 that showed that there was no proof whatsoever that the West Memphis Three were at the murder scene that night.
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No. 3 — Surveillance Airships Readied in Arizona, Ohio



In the ever surging pursuit of persistence, the U.S. military is still looking to high altitude airships in order to see everything and anything move under a battlefield — or the border with Mexico for that matter. This summer, World Surveillance Group and Lockheed Martin put prototypes in the air in what some think is the birth of Big Brother and others think might be the best way to secure battlefields and borders. Read full story —>


No. 2 — Whitey Bulger, LSD And Alcatraz



When Whitey Bulger was captured in California in June, most news reports centered around his former life as head of organized crime in South Boston and that he was the inspiration for Martin Scorsese's The Departed (a remake of the Hong Kong classic Infernal Affairs). We focused, instead on Bulger’s earlier life — that he was part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s MK-Ultra experiments with LSD, and later, spent time at Alcatraz. Read full story —>


No. 1 — Who Wants To Be The GOP Nominee?

Images by Gage Skidmore and others and used under the terms of a Creative Commons License or in the public domain.


The race for the republican presidential nomination might be a bit of a anti-climatic battle now, but early in the process, energy and hopes ran high of defeating president Obama in November 2012. But in April, no one had yet officially declared and the names bandied about as possible candidates included Michelle Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Gen. David Petraeus, Haley Barbour, Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Haley Barbour and others. We all know how this one turned out. In hindsight, Jeb Bush, Michael Bloomberg and Pawlenty — who all decided against running or pulled out too soon — might be the biggest losers of 2011. Read full story —>
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