On December 31 2020, the newsrack service will be shut down permanently.

It has been a nice long run from the Sarai days in 2004 to being hosted on its own domain around 2006. Beside maintenance, there has been no real active development on the code or the features since early 2008. Since 2015, even all that maintenance was pretty bare bones. A lot of news sources no longer provide reliable RSS feeds and since mid 2018, there were growing issues with the service and I only kept it alive to assist a handful of users.

So, it is time to shut this down. The internet world in 2020 is vastly differently from 2003 when I first conceptualized this service. Thanks for using this all these years.

If you need to access any data, email me: subbu at newsrack.in

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Former Trump Aide Challenging Vote Count Once Praised a Right-Wing Assassin 14.11.2020 Mother Jones
Donald Trump’s attack on the election has ignited a firestorm of fundraising by his campaign and allied groups to finance efforts to hunt out supposed fraud. On Monday, Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, asked her Twitter followers to contribute to an “election integrity” project run by Matt Braynard, a GOP operative who […]
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Column: Biden's secret weapon: Anti-Trump Republicans 1.11.2020 L.A. Times - World News

It's hard to find Democrats who flipped to Trump. But enough Republicans are disgusted with him that they could help Biden over the finish line.

Journalists’ use of private security increasing in Denver as attacks on the media rise nationwide 18.10.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
It is increasingly common for local news outlets to hire private security to protect their journalists covering their hometowns as attacks on the American press reach unprecedented numbers in 2020.
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Op-Ed: It's been 2 years since Khashoggi's killing. Why is Trump still enabling the Saudi regime? 2.10.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Saudi Prince Salman acknowledges the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi took place under his watch, yet the U.S. continues to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia.

Assassination of Afro-Colombian Community Leader Linked To Fight Against Aerial Glyphosate Spraying 5.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

One of the leaders of the Afro-Colombian communities in northwestern Colombia, Patrocinio Bonilla a.k.a Patrón, was assassinated on August 11, in a killing that has been linked to his support for agroecology and his struggle against the aerial spraying of glyphosate in the region, which is being pushed by the Trump Administration and the Colombian central government to control Coca crops.

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Novichok nerve agent used against Russian dissident has dark history 3.9.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Germany says proof of Soviet-era nerve agent was found in tests on Alexei Navalny, an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

For Russian intelligence, poison has long been a weapon of choice 21.8.2020 LA Times: Nation

Past example shows that falling afoul of Putin can portend poison peril

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How Larry King Got Duped Into Starring in Chinese Propaganda 2.8.2020 Mother Jones
This story was published originally by ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up for ProPublica‘s Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox as soon as they are published. Jacobi Niv had paid Larry King a few thousand dollars apiece to narrate half a dozen videos for […]
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Column: Amid multiple crises, CalPERS board turns on one of its own members 24.6.2020 LA Times: Business

Doesn't the CalPERS board have better things to do than attack one of its own members?

“The Protesters Are Not the Bad Guys”: Lessons From the 1968 Demonstrations 2.6.2020 Mother Jones
Even as demonstrations against anti-Black violence have become tragically routine, the events of the past few days stand out. They are the largest nationwide protest against the killing of a Black man since the unrest that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1968. Then, just as now, an outpouring of […]
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Bob Dylan releases epic new song, 'Murder Most Foul' 27.3.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The iconic songwriter surprised fans at midnight with a 17-minute song about the assassination of JFK.
Op-Ed: Expelling foreign journalists is a bad idea for both China and the United States 23.3.2020 LA Times: Opinion

A cycle of retaliation that results in fewer journalists covering crucial stories is counterproductive.

How McDonald’s Convinced Us That Civil Rights Was About Black-Owned Businesses 7.3.2020 Mother Jones
In August of 2014, all eyes were on Ferguson, Missouri. The city’s mostly Black residents flooded the streets in protest after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson. In the middle of the chaos, the fluorescent golden arches of a local McDonald’s promised sanctuary: Protesters bought bottles […]
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American Conservatives Have Fallen in Love with the Right-Wing Son of Brazil’s President 27.2.2020 Mother Jones
In October, Eduardo Bolsonaro made a shocking statement. The son of Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right authoritarian president of Brazil, suggested in an interview that his country may need to return to the tactics employed by its former military dictatorship to help crush his father’s enemies on the left. He asserted without evidence that Cuba was […]
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How Language Is Deployed as a Weapon of War 25.2.2020 Mother Jones
After last month’s assassination of Iran’s top general and the airstrikes of retaliation that left 50 US service members with brain injuries, fear of war climbed so fast that frantic searches for “World War III” and “Are we at war?” reached their highest levels in nearly 15 years. The escalation has subsided, but war isn’t […]
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Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's calculating autocrat, dies at 91 25.2.2020 L.A. Times - World News

Hosni Mubarak for decades kept a cold peace with Israel and crushed political dissent at home until a 2011 protest movement drove him from power.

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Trial of alleged Twin Cities mosque bomber pushed back to April 8.2.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Federal prosecutors allege Michael Hari and two other men drove more than 500 miles in August 2017 to bomb the Dar al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington in hopes of scaring Muslims into leaving the United States.
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'Our democracy is in danger': Muslims in India say police target them with violence 27.1.2020 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Dozens of Indians, most of them Muslim, have been killed by police in weeks of nationwide protests against a new citizenship law. Their families believe they were singled out because of their faith.
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Iranians Would Kindly Like Donald Trump To “Shut Up” 16.1.2020 Mother Jones
When Iran’s military admitted on Saturday that it had mistakenly shot down a civilian airliner, Ukraine Airlines Flight 752—killing all 176 of its mainly Iranian passengers and crew—Iranians started taking to the streets in shock, sadness, and outrage that, for many, at least temporarily overshadowed their anger toward the United States after it assassinated top […]
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Defense chief admits he 'didn't see' evidence for Trump claim that Iran planned embassy attacks 13.1.2020 LA Times: Nation

After Trump tells Fox News U.S. embassies were targeted, aides avoid contradicting him but disclose no intelligence to back his claim. Democrats cry foul.

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