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How to End the Gaza Tragedy

Posted: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

As of late Friday the ceasefire in Gaza seems to be holding, if tentatively. While we should be pleased that this round of fighting appears temporarily on hold, we must realize that without changes in US foreign policy it is only a matter of time before the killing begins again.

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Scottish Independence Vote Holds Important Lessons - And Possibilities

Posted: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

In 1998 the people of Scotland, part of the United Kingdom, gained a considerable measure of self-government. For the first time in almost three centuries their parliament met in Edinburgh, the capital, after a referendum among Scots in the previous year resulted in 74.3 percent of voters answering "Yes" to the statement, "I agree that there should be a Scottish Parliament."

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Negotiations - or War with Iran?

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

"It would be unconscionable to go to war if we haven't had such discussions," said Nicholas Burns, under secretary of state in the Bush administration, of reports the Obama White House has agreed to one-on-one talks with Tehran over its nuclear program.

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Swiss Military Preparing for EU Meltdown Scenario

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

As the growing economic crisis continues to wreak havoc throughout the European Union, the armed forces of tiny Switzerland are preparing to deal with a potential EU disaster that could see refugees flood across the borders amid widespread unrest and chaos. Top Swiss officials have warned that if escalating turmoil were to spill across the border, Switzerland, which is not a member of the EU, will be ready to tackle it.  

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Japan's Private Highway Makes a Profit without Government Help

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

 The Tokyo Expressway, owned and operated by Tokyo Kosoku Doro Co., is Tokyo's first and only privately owned highway.  The highway stretches from Ueno to the north and Haneda Airport to the south and is funded by 100,000 square meters of rental properties beneath the roadway.  Over 40,000 vehicles pass through the Expressway every day.

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Has Obama Called Bibi's Bluff?

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

   What is Bibi Netanyahu up to?                 With all his warnings of Iran's "nuclear capability," of red lines being crossed, of "breakout," of the international community failing in its duty, of an "existential threat" to Israel, what is the prime minister's game?

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Why Do We Fear Iran?

Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

U.S. newspapers this fall will devote countless column inches and network TV will set aside endless hours to revisiting the most perilous month in the history of the republic, if not of the world.

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South Africa Facing White Genocide

Posted: Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

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Bartering Bypassing Corrupt Governments

Posted: Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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Could Syrian Civil War be Preview of World War III?

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Remembering the Korean War and those who Fought

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Ambassador to Israel: U.S. Ready for Attack on Iran

Posted: Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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Potential Bank Runs in Greece

Posted: Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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High Youth Unemployment Undercuts Global Stability

Posted: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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Egyptians' Dislike for United States Grows Even as U.S. Aid Flows

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Japan's Sun is Setting

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Should America Support Israel?

Posted: Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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Obama "Brainwashes" Public on Afghanistan

Posted: Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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Who Wants War With Iran?

Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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The Bizarre Portuguese Flintstones House Built Amidst Boulders

Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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David Cameron's Finest Hour, UK resists Euro taking of Sovereignty

Posted: Friday, January 6th, 2012

"Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to veto Germany's demand for a new European fiscal union will define his premiership."

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From 7 Billion People To 500 Million People

Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger...."The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."

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Will the GOP Bring War With Iran?

Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2011

Are we being lied and stampeded into yet another war by the same propagandists who gave us the yellow-cake-from-Niger forgeries? Bibi calls Mahmoud Ahmadinejad another Hitler and says we are all in 1939 again. But is this credible?  True, Ahmadinejad hosted a Holocaust conference featuring David Duke and said Israel should be wiped off the map, but he does not control Iran's military, has lost favor with the ayatollah, and has been threatened with impeachment.

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"Space Tourism" Company Partners with Airline

Posted: Saturday, November 19th, 2011

"The decision last year by aerospace giant Boeing to enter the "space tourism" market offered a sense of seriousness to the field that many observers may have thought lacking prior to that point; now, the action of KLM, a major international airline, partnering with SXC offers a similar perception of credibility."

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Candidates Should Be Talking About China

Posted: Monday, November 14th, 2011

"Communist China is a tremendous national security issue. The only cut President Barack Obama is willing to make in federal spending is in our military power, which means he will be ceding our military superiority to China and other hostile totalitarian nations."

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Singapore Rising

Posted: Thursday, October 13th, 2011

"Unnoticed by the rest of the world, something significant happened in Singapore on Saturday: former Deputy Prime Minister Tony Tan has, not surprisingly, won victory in a field of five candidates to become the country's seventh president. But it was a narrow victory, with Mr. Tan getting about 35 percent of the 2.1 million votes cast."

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Is the Window Closing on Israel?

Posted: Saturday, October 1st, 2011

"An Israeli officer told us that in the hospital was an Egyptian officer he had captured in the 1956 Sinai campaign, and that he had asked the Egyptian: 'We have fought three times now, and three times you have been defeated. Why do you keep fighting us?'  The Egyptian replied, 'You may have defeated us three times, and you may defeat us 11 times. But the 12th time we win.'

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Politics: the Religion of the Liberals

Posted: Friday, September 16th, 2011

"I was amazed.  He used his final opportunity to speak to Canadians as a forum to take pot shots at political opponents and advance partisan policy.  It was directed toward all Canadians, but really those who share one particular vision of governance.  You'd think we could put politics aside for one second to address a human issue that goes beyond party lines."

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Libya's Uncertain Future

Posted: Monday, September 12th, 2011

"World leaders have already begun planning for Libya's future without the man who held power there for 42 years. After six months of fighting, premiers throughout Europe have welcomed the rebels' advances into Tripoli, the Libyan capitol. Meanwhile, several countries have already recognized the rebels' National Transitional Council as the sole representative of Libya's people."

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Catching Bigger, Stronger and Faster Prey

Posted: Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

"Despite their apparent simplicity, these insubstantial creatures make their living by capturing and eating fish and crustaceans that could easily tear them apart. To accomplish this seemingly impossible task, the jellyfish trails out its long thread-like tentacles. Each tentacle can have millions of capsules loaded with tiny harpoons."

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The Legal Kidnapping of a Child

Posted: Saturday, August 20th, 2011

"In December 2009, the Stockholm Administrative Court found that the government workers had been correct in seizing Domenic since he was neither schooled nor vaccinated. The Court conveniently dismissed the fact that neither schooling nor vaccination was compulsory at that time in Sweden. It was this court that limited the visiting schedule to one hour every five weeks."

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Flash Mobs: Sign of the Times

Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

"Not only the trends over the years leading up to these riots but also the squeamish responses to them by officials -- on both sides of the Atlantic -- reveal the moral dry rot that has spread deep into Western societies."

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Mexican Drug Gangs Increase Power in Central America

Posted: Saturday, August 6th, 2011

"Cocaine is brought up from South America. There are several routes - by air, land or sea - to bring it up to Mexico and then to the U.S. Most of the routes pass through or by Central America."

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The Myth That Democracy = Freedom

Posted: Thursday, August 4th, 2011

"One thing that Into the Cannibal's Pot demonstrates is that democracy alone is not at all desirable if it is not attached to a culture that highly values the protection of life, liberty and property. The new rulers of South Africa do not."

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Extortion, Private and Public: The Case of Chiquita Banana

Posted: Friday, July 29th, 2011

"United Fruit once employed the US government to do its bidding in Latin America. This is imperialism. Also unjust is a government that persecutes American companies that are doing their best to get by. Chiquita is not only the victim of private terrorists, but of violent public-sector extortionists in the name of the war on terror."

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Troubled South Sudan Officially Independent

Posted: Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

"South Sudan is easily one of the most troubled nations in the world despite the fact that it came into existence only a few days ago. But if the people can succeed in permanently throwing off the Northern chains, analysts say the new republic will be in a much better position to develop and prosper in the coming years."

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American Sponsored AIDS Research Kills Africans

Posted: Monday, July 18th, 2011

"The latest horror is a joint project of the British government, the U.S. government and population-reduction advocate Bill Gates. The victims in this experiment are black women in South Africa. Here's how it works. Some 2,200 young women are given a microbicide gel incorporating the drug tenofovir and told to apply it to their sexual organs 12 hours before sex with their HIV-infected male partners and 12 hours afterward."

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Switzerland: An Example to Follow

Posted: Saturday, July 9th, 2011

"This is a very dangerous trend that can't go on forever. Actually, I think we are witnessing the turning point right now and that coming years will bring huge changes to these economies. This will most likely result in a severe devaluation of their currencies and socioeconomic tensions. Remember, the euro and the U.S. dollar make up almost 80 percent of the world's currency reserves, a percentage that will have to drop significantly in coming years."

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How to Snap Photos of a Lion

Posted: Saturday, June 25th, 2011

"Amid sweltering heat, buzzing tsetse flies, baboon droppings and pee - not to mention sitting in the middle of a dirty, 25-meter-square watering hole in the Rift Valley for months on end - photographer Greg du Toit went through a lot to get these photographs."

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Democratic Dawn - or Darkness?

Posted: Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

"As for a U.S.-British belief in diversity and democracy as the world's model, as President Obama preached in London, our own democracy is proving incapable of balancing its budgets, or winning its wars, or defending its borders. Our politics are poisonous, and tribalism is rising not disappearing."

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A Very Special Woman and Her Horse

Posted: Saturday, June 18th, 2011

"What is even more compelling than the fact that she can brush her horse with her feet, is that she competes, very well, at the Paralympics in dressage. Bettina didn't just overcome her disability, she walloped it!"

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The Right's Inconsistent View of Israel

Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2011

"Congressman Ron Paul was also critical of Obama's Israel policy, but from a different perspective: 'While President Obama's demand that Israel make hard concessions in her border conflicts may very well be in her long-term interest, only Israel can make that determination on her own, without pressure from the United States or coercion by the United Nations. Unlike this President, I do not believe it is our place to dictate how Israel runs her affairs.'"

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Israel in a Post-American Era

Posted: Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

"While the United States vetoed a recent Security Council resolution condemning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's continued expansion of settlements, we have no veto in the General Assembly. If Obama opposes the U.N. resolution, we and Israel will stand virtually alone."

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Is It Safe For Americans to Visit Mexico?

Posted: Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

On the one hand, some talk as though the whole country of Mexico is an anarchic shooting gallery, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That's certainly not correct. On the other hand, there is danger in Mexico and a potential traveler should be aware of it.

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Conservatives Win Big in Canada

Posted: Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

"Harper's government has pursued policies that have kept the Canadian dollar sound and the nation's economy on solid footing."

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The Incredible Rock Climbing Catfish

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2011

"The rock-climbing catfish's climbing equipment begins with a powerful sucker mouth. Once it attaches itself to a rock, it can stay stuck despite any torrent. The rock-climbing catfish also has a bony plate on its belly that helps it hold its place while it repositions its sucker a little further up the rocks. The plate has fins with tiny, backward-pointing teeth. These teeth dig into the rock and prevent slipping. The catfish's third special feature is a set of powerful muscles to control the plate."

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After America Withdraws from the Middle East

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2011

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Abducted Homeschooler's Case Advances

Posted: Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Donnelly has expressed alarm at the family's treatment.             "The  inhumanity of Swedish authorities in retaining Domenic Johansson in foster care with virtually no visitation from his parents remains a grave concern for our organization," he said. "The failure by provincial and national authorities to investigate and rectify a scandalous abuse of power on the part of Gotland municipal authorities and social workers makes Sweden look more like a former Soviet totalitarian state than a Western free and democratic one."

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The Orange Revolution: The Amazing Story of How a Deaf Interpreter Made Honesty Prevail in the Ukrainian Elections

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

"Deaf people, inspired by their translator Natalya Dmitruk, led the Orange Revolution.  They text-messaged their friends on mobile phones about the fraudulent elections, and soon other journalists took courage from Dmitruk's act of defiance and likewise refused to broadcast the party line.  Over the next few weeks as many as a million people wearing orange flooded the capital city of Kiev to demand new elections."

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How the Middle East May Fall Apart

Posted: Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

"If democracy means rule by the people, ought we not to inquire a little more closely what it is these people, down deep, really want, before we bleed and bankrupt ourselves to win it for them?"

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Swiss Model of Gun Control and Military Service

Posted: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

"Swiss reservists keep their fully automatic military weapons in their homes along with a small quantity of ammunition.  In addition, they are required to practice regularly and the government encourages citizens to engage in recreational shooting.  The government also subsidizes the sale of ammunition for military caliber firearms.             When a Swiss reservist is discharged from the military, they have the option of keeping their issued weapons.  If they choose to do so, the weapon is modified to not fire full automatic."

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Is Poverty Due to a Poor Education?

Posted: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

"What about the word poverty?  I am convinced we think of poverty in a skewed way.  The lack of poverty means we have two vehicles, a modern home, and all the amenities that go with that.  Of course, the average couple in their twenties or thirties don't own the cars and house they are using.  They borrowed and are paying for them. Even couples in their forties and fifties are doing this.  Have them use only what they actually own, and most would appear to be poor!  What is wrong, though, with the couple in their twenties or thirties living within their means?  That means they will probably have one older car and be renting or living in trailer park.  So what?! Does that mean they are poor? Hardly! But we give that impression to our children.  It results in extreme social pressure that results in them trying to 'keep up with the Jones,' whether we want to admit it or not."

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Heroes Emerge in Wake of Japanese Disaster

Posted: Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

"British teacher Robert Bailey, 27, who had a day off on the Friday of the earthquake, had elected to appear at the high school where he teaches in the coastal town of Ofunato to teach a group of 42 students how to play cricket. When the emergency sirens sounded to warn of the impending earthquake, Bailey immediately led his students to safety, onto a baseball field and out of danger. He is being touted by local residents as a hero for his quick and calm response to impending disaster."

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Is War in Libya Worth One American Soldier?

Posted: Friday, April 1st, 2011

President Obama addressed the nation on March 18 to rationalize putting U.S. military pilots in harm's way in Libya. Do his arguments stack up? Obama's arguments should be judged on whether it's "worth it" for a mother to lose her only son toward attaining the stated goal. Sadly, it's not difficult to envision at some not-too-distant time Obama attending the funeral of one or more Air Force pilots and giving a tightly wrapped flag to the mother of a pilot who dies in the line of duty in Libya.

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Tsunami Aftermath - Japan Still in Danger

Posted: Thursday, March 24th, 2011

"The greatest threat still lingers as the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear facility's reactors are in danger of melting down and releasing radio-active material into the atmosphere.  The No. 1 reactor blew the roof off of the inner structure last Saturday and a similar explosion occured at reactor No. 3 on Monday morning."

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Eight Reasons not to be Optimistic about Egypt

Posted: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

"You have not been getting the whole truth about Tahrir Square. To this day, the print edition of The New York Times has not reported the sexual assault on Lara Logan, the chief CBS TV foreign correspondent, by 200 Egyptian men in Tahrir Square yelling "Jew, Jew" while they assaulted her. CBS News itself did not report on the incident until others exposed it. Likewise, few mainstream news media have reported or shown the depictions of Mubarak as an Israeli agent or attacks on other Western news teams accused of being agents of Israel."

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Abortion Doctor Killed Healthy Full-Term Babies with Scissors

Posted: Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

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UKIP Leader Resembles Tea Party Leaders as He Rips EU

Posted: Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

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England Rejecting European Socialism

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Fewer Firearms, More Crime

Posted: Monday, October 11th, 2010

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Hypocrisy: Mexico Building Security Fence Against Guatemala

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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Mexico Celebrates its Centennial and Bicentennial

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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Europe's Lightbulb Socialism

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Stop Helping Pakistan!

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Tell the Terminally Ill to "Trust God", Get Yourself Fired By

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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Injured Pastor Given Food and Water

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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Departing Europe

Posted: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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What Jerusalem Means to Israel

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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What Price Afghanistan?

Posted: Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

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The End of Democratic Socialism

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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Incensed and Outraged Over World Reaction to Israel

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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Gendercide: China's Massacre Of Unborn Girls Means There Will Soon Be 30m More Men Than Women

Posted: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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The Military and the New World Order

Posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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World Headlines

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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SCIENCE vs ALARMISM

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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Uganda Confronts "Loud-Mouthed Homosexual Lobby"

Posted: Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

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Uganda's President Leads in National Repentance

Posted: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

The African nation of Uganda has done something that would horrify most politicians and bring out the ACLU, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Freedom from Religion Foundation in record numbers.

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Ethanol Mandates Plague Developing Countries with Rising Food Prices

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

   The expanding use of ethanol in U.S. oil production, prompted by government mandates that require the use of biofuel in gasoline, is escalating the price of corn while plaguing poor countries with rising food prices. Critics worldwide are now questioning the federal government's ethanol mandates, as the use of American-produced corn for biofuel has added more than $6.5 billion to the food import bills of developing countries, particularly in North Africa and Central America.

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How Many Muslims are Terrorists?

Posted: Friday, November 2nd, 2012

  I read that 23 percent of the world's population is Muslim, or 1.6 billion people. Whatever the number is, it's large. How many are terrorists out to terrorize westerners and push them out of areas they consider to be Muslim areas? How many are terrorists who attack other Muslims? How many are terrorists who attack people of other religions? One source says that Muslim attacks worldwide and against all targets, failed and successful, add up to 18,000 since 2001.

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In Spain and Elsewhere: Separatism Is Alive and Well

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

The New American               Spain has long battled Basque separatism. That separatism may become more powerful as the Spanish economy melts.

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Welcome to the Great Depression-Greece

Posted: Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

With its latest reported unemployment rate of 24.5%, Greece entered, this summer, Great Depression territory. The worst year for unemployment in the US was 1933, at 24.9%. Things are expected to get worse here.  A chief problem is that Greece has one of the most closed, sclerotic business climates in Europe.

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Time to Leave the Middle East?

Posted: Saturday, September 15th, 2012

If they will not protect our embassies from mobs who come to burn our flag, let us lower the flag ourselves and bring Old Glory home.

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China Constantly in Political Danger

Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

  Two major events in China are sure to shape the world's newest superpower: the sensational murder trial of Madame Gu Kailai, and the top secret leadership conclave at the seaside resort of Beidaihe.  

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Has the Day of the Islamist Arrived?

Posted: Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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Canadian B&B Closes Over Discrimination

Posted: Thursday, July 26th, 2012

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Chinese State Infanticide

Posted: Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Is This the End of 'One Europe'?

Posted: Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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Don't Let UN Take Over the Sea

Posted: Thursday, May 31st, 2012

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Israel, Obama, and the Iranian Dilemma

Posted: Friday, May 4th, 2012

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Canada Moves Closer to Cashless Society With Digital MintChip Currency

Posted: Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

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Miracle in Thessaloniki

Posted: Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Homeschool Leader Flees Swedish Persecution

Posted: Friday, March 16th, 2012

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Global Positioning Lobsters

Posted: Thursday, March 1st, 2012

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What to Do in a Crisis

Posted: Thursday, February 9th, 2012

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I Give Up- Things are Bad

Posted: Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

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China's Economic Implosion Accelerates

Posted: Monday, January 9th, 2012

"On Monday, Gordon Chang, the author of The Coming Collapse of China and regular contributor at Forbes.com, was interviewed on Yahoo's Daily Ticker, where he observed, "If you look at all of [China's] indicators, they all point down." In the United States the real estate bubble was blown up with paper money financing totaling approximately 50 percent of the country's GDP. In China, the total paper money financing, on- and off-book, totals about 200 percent of that country's GDP. The popping of the China bubble will be heard 'round the world."

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Economic Liberty? Cuba's baby steps toward liberty

Posted: Monday, January 2nd, 2012

"Starting on October 1, 2011, some 52 years after Fidel Castro shot his way to power in Cuba, it finally became legal for some poor guy in Cuba to sell the 1965 Russian-made Moskvich piece of junk he's had sitting up on blocks in his front yard for the better part of half a century."

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Why I Deny Global Warming

Posted: Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

I'm happy to be known as a "denier" because the label of "denier" says nothing about me, but everything about the person making the charge. Scientific theories are never denied or believed, they are only corroborated or falsified. Scientific knowledge, by its very nature, is provisional and subject to revision. The provisional nature of scientific knowledge is a necessary consequence of the epistemological basis of science. Science is based on observation...

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All Roads Lead to Rome

Posted: Monday, December 5th, 2011

  "Everything we are we owe to Greece," said the desk manager at the hotel we were checking into. "All that we were as an empire, and are as a nation, has its roots in Greece. Some of our greatest cities, like Naples, were originally Greek colonies." It was passing strange for an American to hear a citizen of a nation that predates his own by a couple thousand years thus sing the praises of a civilization older still...

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Empowering Dependency for 10 Years in Afghanistan

Posted: Thursday, November 17th, 2011

"Ironically for Afghanistan, creating a centralized state and a modern, professional military will perpetuate the dependency on foreign patronage that has plagued that country for centuries. Therefore it seems fitting that military and civilian planners in Washington have made clear they never intend to abandon Afghanistan."

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Small Italian Town Bids to Become Sovereign, Prints Its Own Currency

Posted: Friday, October 21st, 2011

"Luca Sellari, mayor of Filettino, had different ideas: he decided to create an independent monarchy with himself as prince, and a new currency, the fiorito (which means small flower) with an exchange rate of two fioritos to the Euro (about 72 cents each)."

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UN Troops Accused of Sex Crimes Worldwide

Posted: Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

"Outrage is mounting around the world against United Nations "peace-keeping" soldiers as sex-crime allegations, ranging from charges of rape and exploitation in Haiti to wide-spread sexual abuse of children in the Ivory Coast, have exploded into the headlines this week."

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Russian Village Defends Itself from Criminal Gang

Posted: Saturday, October 1st, 2011

"For all of its problems, Russia clearly is no longer the land of Lenin. For all of our advantages, it's just as clear that the United States of America is no longer the Land of the Free."

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Nelson Mandela and Volunteerism

Posted: Thursday, September 15th, 2011

"If someone is actually getting paid to do work, he or she knows that at least one person values it. In contrast, volunteer work may or may not be useful, because it lacks the feedback of market prices. My point in this article isn't to denigrate volunteer work, but rather to rehabilitate paid work."

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Why Provoke Russia?

Posted: Friday, September 9th, 2011

"In co-sponsoring S.R. 175, Sen. Lindsey Graham contended that 'Russia's invasion of Georgian land in 2008 was an act of aggression, not only to Georgia but to all new democracies.' This is neocon propaganda."

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The Forgotten Failures of the Peace Corps

Posted: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

"A 1980s Peace Corps recruiting brochure proclaimed, 'Most people talk about world problems. The Peace Corps solves them.' The Peace Corps's world-saving pretensions were a joke on American taxpayers and Third World folks who expected real help."

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Living Stones and Flying Flowers

Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

"If, of all the millions of living things on Earth, a few creatures happened to look like something they are not and this helped protect them, we might put it down to chance. However, the creation is filled with too many creatures who practice look-alike deception to put it down to chance."

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Tough Immigration Controls Save Denmark $10 Billion in 10 Years

Posted: Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

"Denmark has imposed tough measures to stem the flow of Third World immigrants, and those stricter laws have saved the taxpayers about $10 billion during the past decade. The country now boasts the strictest controls in the European Union."

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A Fire Bell in the Night for Norway

Posted: Friday, August 5th, 2011

"Breivik is evil - a cold-blooded, calculating killer - though a deluded man of some intelligence, who in his 1,500-page manifesto reveals a knowledge of the history, culture and politics of Europe."

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Brazil and Private Property

Posted: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

"Brazil has some of the strictest gun control laws on the planet. As you might expect, it means the only people to have guns are the criminals and cops, sometimes the same thing. In a land where money talks and corruption talks louder, the line between punk and police can be a thin and arbitrary one."

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Roman-era Wreck May Hold Key to Cures for Modern Disease

Posted: Thursday, July 28th, 2011

"Pills found on board a 2nd century B.C. shipwreck were packed with crushed carrots, parsley, onions, alfalfa, and other vegetable matter, conforming to the recipes contained in ancient medical treatises."

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News in Short - World 0212

Posted: Friday, July 22nd, 2011

News in Short - World 0212

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Will Turkey Be the Next Middle East Power?

Posted: Friday, July 15th, 2011

"The first thing that the West must understand concerning the concept of the caliphate is that it is somewhat of a blank canvas for Muslims. To the Muslim socialist, it is through the concept of the caliphate that a socialist utopia will become a reality. For the moderate Muslim, it is in the idea of the caliphate that a tolerant Muslim empire will arise." 

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Hungary's Pro-Life Constitution Draws Ire

Posted: Friday, July 1st, 2011

"As pro-life efforts in the United States have been gaining momentum, similar endeavors have garnered some success in European nations as well, most notably Hungary."

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Puerto Rico, Canada: Two Conservative Examples

Posted: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

"Fortuno is governor of Puerto Rico. Two years ago, he fired 17,000 government workers. No state governor did anything like that. He cut spending much more than Walker did in Wisconsin. In return, thousands of union members demonstrated against Fortuno for days. They clashed with police. They called him a fascist."

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Officially-Sponsored Gun Smuggling Harmful to Mexico - and Hypocritical

Posted: Monday, June 20th, 2011

"Both Mexico's Calderon administration and the U.S. Obama administration blame U.S. gun shops for the proliferation of guns in Mexico. This concerns American firearms owners who think it may be used as an excuse to take away their gun rights."

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Myths of the Middle East

Posted: Friday, June 17th, 2011

"There is no language known as Palestinian. There is no distinct Palestinian culture. There has never been a land known as Palestine governed by Palestinians. Palestinians are Arabs, indistinguishable from Jordanians (another recent invention), Syrians, Lebanese, Iraqis, etc."

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Perfect Financial Storm Shaping Up for Europe, U.S.

Posted: Friday, June 10th, 2011

"We are back to Greece, the little economy whose collapse set the European crisis in motion. As we warned at the time, the original Greek bailout and accompanying sigh of collective relief from the world financial markets would do little besides postpone the evil day."

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Zimbabwe Looks to Gold Standard

Posted: Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

"The government there 'ditched the Zimbabwe dollar in 2009 after it had been rendered worthless by record inflation levels and adopted multiple foreign currencies with the US dollar, the South African Rand and the Botswana being the most widely used,' the report said.

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Canadian Judge Reveals Bias Against Homeschooling

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

"Faris also noted that the family was denied access to a fair trial: 'The judge refused to hear expert witnesses and evidence regarding the value of homeschooling over public schools. Unfortunately, the judge placed excess weight on protect service experts who found that one child's hearing impairment 'indicated' that the parents could not be trusted."

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Why the Royal Wedding Fascinates Americans

Posted: Monday, May 16th, 2011

"There is an underside to our distant fascination that has nothing to do with our politics and a lot to do with our culture. Here in the States, the popular culture has little to glorify beyond the numerous antics - sex, drugs, decadence - of Bradgelina, Lady Gaga and The Donald. No wonder we live in an age where relationships, especially among the young, boil down to discrete sexual encounters, convenient hook-ups, and on-line chats. No wonder one in four Americans think that marriage, which once gave meaning to all our other institutions, is old-fashioned."

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Palestinians Pushing for Declaration of Statehood

Posted: Saturday, May 14th, 2011

"Until Friday I believed that the Israeli government did not know what to do about the threatened Palestinian statehood declaration in the UN and was doing nothing. However, an article in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot (not available online) reveals that in fact the government is not sitting on its hands. In an article entitled "Hoping For Netanyahu's Initiative," Nehama Duek notes three lines of foreign ministry logic on the matter:"

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Has Bin Laden Won?

Posted: Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

"Following Sept. 11, 2001, the George W. Bush administration had no choice but to topple the Taliban and smash al Qaeda. But Mr. Bush made the greatest mistake of his presidency - one that will haunt America for years to come. After the fall of the Taliban, he embarked upon nation-building. The Muslim world was to be made safe for democracy. America was pushing a 'freedom agenda' for Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon."

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When Dictators Fall, Who Rises?

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

"With the fall of the Mubarak regime in Egypt have come Islamist attacks on Coptic Christians. How will the Copts fare if the Muslim Brotherhood wins the September election and writes Shariah into Egyptian law?             In 'The Price of Revolution' a half-century ago, D.W. Brogan inventoried the costs of the revolutions that so often intoxicate secular Western man."

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Mexican Drug Cartels Operating in at least 1,286 U.S. Cities

Posted: Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

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The Militarization of Compasion

Posted: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

"The language of disaster and recovery efforts is one of centralization - a military effort is required to tackle the urgent problem. But the militarization of compassion is not very effective in achieving improvement."

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The London Rioters and Their Targets

Posted: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

"Spokespersons for the marchers seemed angrier at 'the media' for covering such violence than those who were violent, and one can see from the coverage of the event that for every small gang of violent thugs, there was a much larger crowd of leftists behind them cheering them on."

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Japanese Nuclear Scare: A Reality Check

Posted: Thursday, April 7th, 2011

"First, let's put the accidents in context: the Fukushima reactors survived one of the worst earthquakes in the historical record without breaking down catastrophically. This is a compliment to the designers (GE, in case anyone was wondering), the construction crews, and the operational teams. If the same had been true of Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, the accidents that occurred at those sites would have been of interest only to specialists."

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Where Have All the Children Gone?

Posted: Monday, April 4th, 2011

    "The fertility trends in the United States mirror global trends.  Jonathan Last pointed out that our fertility rates have been falling ever since our Founding.  From an average of over 7 children per female in  the late 18th Century to a nadir of less than 2.1 during the Great Depression, it was only the period 1945-1965 did our TFR's actually increase.  During the Baby Boom years the TFR reached a peak in 1960 (3.6 children per female).  But by 1980 our TFR sank to 1.8 . It currently stands at just over 2.0 (2.06) thanks in large part to immigration (both legal and illegal)."

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Afghan Government's Crime, Corruption Creates More Terrorists Says British Think-Tank

Posted: Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

"'The Taliban have played on the deep desire of Afghans for security and rule of law, and nostalgia in some quarters for the 'harsh, but just' period of Taliban rule - a nostalgia which exists despite the Taliban's many abuses,' said Kate Clark, the report's co-author.'"

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Why Being Hunted Is Good for Africa's Lions

Posted: Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

"Placing African lions on the Endangered Species List will effectively end hunting of the animal. When the conservation and financial incentives that hunting provides are lost or mismanaged, the value local communities place on the sustainability of lion populations greatly diminishes. This leads to humans killing lions as a result of human-lion conflict."

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Libya: It's Their War, Not Ours

Posted: Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

"What would be the purpose of establishing a no-fly zone over Libya? According to advocates, to keep Moammar Gadhafi from using his air force to attack civilians."

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Comparing U.S. Students to Other Students

Posted: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Every three years tests are given in reading, math and science skills to 15-year-olds in developing and developed countries. The results may suprise you.

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U.S.-Mexico Border Bloodshed Escalates

Posted: Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

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Tribalism Returns to Europe

Posted: Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

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Who Is the Enemy?

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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The Amazing History of America

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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Was Iraq Worth It?

Posted: Monday, September 27th, 2010

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House Prices Declining from Peaks Around the World

Posted: Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Giethoorn: The Dutch Village With No Roads

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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No Letup in Iraq for Some Military Forces

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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No Letup in Iraq for Some Military Forces

Posted: Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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The Cycle of Violence in Afghanistan

Posted: Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

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Just What Is America Doing all Over the World?

Posted: Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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Does Obama Hate Black People?

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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Member of Parliament: Execute Those Christians!

Posted: Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

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A Desperate Battle Pitting Pistols against RPGs

Posted: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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The Latest Bailout: It's Still Greek to Me

Posted: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

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Cavalry Arrives for Beleaguered Homeschool Family

Posted: Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

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Greece in the Pressure Cooker

Posted: Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

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Retrospect on the 2010 Winter Olympics

Posted: Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

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