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The Ebola Fighters Are 'Time' Magazine's 'Person of the Year'

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Just yesterday we were wondering if "Time" magazine would make sense out of its unusual short list of contenders for its 2014 Person of the Year, and thankfully its end game is rooted in logic. For a second there it looked like Vladimir Putin, with his ill-prepared Sochi Olympic Games and war with Ukraine actually had a chance at the title. Thankfully, "Time" announced this morning that the Ebola fighters have been named the 2014 Person of the Year. Since late August, the U.S. has panicked as some of our own stricken caregivers, such as Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly in Liberia, have been transported back home to the States, where their hopes of survival are better. Nurses like Nina Pham and Amber Vinson were not properly trained to care for Ebola patients and ended up with the illness themselves. Adding insult to injury, the CDC went so far as to try to blame them for getting sick. The irony is that each caregiver has thought nothing of going back to work after their own recovery. When asked if they would care for another Ebola patient, the response has immediately been yes.READ MORE

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NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Shares Privacy Tips And Warns About File Sharing Programs In New Interview

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In recent weeks there has been a lot of conversation about hacking and privacy rights in general. Thanks to celebs like Jennifer Lawrence having their nude photos stolen and then leaked for the entire world to see it has made many reconsider the privacy laws that are already in existence. It also might be time to reconsider just how private some of the internet services that many use really are. When thinking of internet security it seems logical that the man who was able to breach government security would also be one of the best sources to explain how everyday people can protect themselves.READ MORE

UPDATE: Stream Gidon Kremer's Putin Protest Concert, "To Russia with Love"

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UPDATE: Gidon Kremer's concert for true justice in Vladimir Putin's Russia is being streamed world-wide via the Franco-German Arte TV channel--featuring music of Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Sofia Gubaidulina. READ MORE

To Russia with Love

Gidon Kremer's Putin Protest Concert, "To Russia with Love," Nabs Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Emmanuel Pahud and Many Others

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Gidon Kremer is proceeding apace with his protest concert against Putin's Russia. Or rather, as he puts it, a concert for Russia--which is putting a positive spin on what is clearly intended to send a forceful message about civil... READ MORE

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UPDATE: Sergei Filin Returning to Bolshoi Ballet After Acid Attack

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Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet who nearly lost his sight when a masked attacker threw acid in his face six months ago, said on Thursday he hoped to be back at work next month...READ MORE

 Forbes Lists Valery Gergiev, at $16.5 Million a Year, as Russia's Highest-Earning Musician

Forbes Lists Valery Gergiev, at $16.5 Million a Year, as Russia's Highest-Paid Musician

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In [post]-Soviet Russia, Valery Gergiev makes more than YOU! READ MORE

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