Category Archives: World

Quagmire Takes Center Stage at Summit of the Americas

Ahead of the upcoming Summit of the Americas, news stories are trickling out that a number of Central and South American Presidents are going to press for a discussion on the failed policy of drug prohibition. The Guardian actually has … Continue reading

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Saudi Women Granted Right To Vote

If this is true it is a major step for one of the most repressive regimes in the world when it comes to women’s rights. From the Washington Post: Saudi King Abdullah announced Sunday that the nation’s women will gain … Continue reading

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Japan, Earth’s Axis Shifted

Some staggering facts are coming in as to the scope and power of the Japanese earthquake: The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and … Continue reading

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Japan Relief Underway

The American Red Cross is, of course, already hard at work to help our friends in Japan: The American Red Cross is accepting donations to help in the wake of a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Those who wish … Continue reading

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Devastation in Japan

Video is coming in showing the extent of the damage, while the death toll is currently in the hundreds and the missing in the tens of thousands. Unfortunately, Al-Jazeera has some of the most extensive footage. Stunning: The Japanese Red … Continue reading

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Crackdown in China

The totalitarian regime in Beijing is doing everything in its power to increased their chokehold on the Chinese people: An anonymous online campaign calling for pro-democracy demonstrations across China on Sunday has been met with the detention of human rights … Continue reading

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Iran’s Nuclear Bust

It seems the struggle for nuclear superiority has suffered a major set back for Iran: In a major setback to Iran’s nuclear program, technicians will have to unload fuel from the country’s first atomic power plant because of an unspecified … Continue reading

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Saudis Bribe Populace for Peace

What to do when you’re an all powerful oligarch with unrest sweeping your region and zillions in the bank? Convince the people they want money more than freedom: Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has laid down a $37-billion bet that his … Continue reading

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Fear and Hope in Libya

A mixed bag coming out of Libya, according to Voice of America: Witnesses in the Libyan capital Tripoli say many streets were deserted Wednesday, with residents afraid to leave their homes, a day after Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi urged his … Continue reading

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Devastation in New Zealand

Terrible news coming out of New Zealand today: New Zealand’s second-largest city, Christchurch, was rocked Tuesday by an earthquake that destroyed part of its cathedral and killed at least 65 people, with officials warning the death toll could double as … Continue reading

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Gaddafi Demands Martyrdom

How do you say “delusional” in Arabic? In a defiant speech on state television Tuesday, Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi rejected demands that he relinquish power, even as leaders of a popular revolt seized control in some areas and top officials … Continue reading

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Trouble in Tripoli

Seif al-Islam Gadhafi’s threats and lies on Libyan state television last night seem to be not working: During the day Monday, a fire was raging at the People’s Hall, the main hall for government gatherings where the country’s equivalent of … Continue reading

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Libya on the Brink

Reports are coming in protests have spread to Tripoli, and Libyan troops are defecting: This morning witnesses said members of a Libyan army unit had defected and “liberated” Benghazi from Mr Gaddafi’s forces. Two residents of Benghazi told Reuters members … Continue reading

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Is China Next?

Forget Libya. The anti-government revolution has spread to China and Jon Huntsman had a front row view The Wall Street Journal is reporting : Chinese authorities detained dozens of political activists after an anonymous online call for people to start … Continue reading

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Libya’s Deja Vu Moment

I’m having a real sense of deja vu, as reports say that the internet has indeed been cut in Libya. I don’t think that’s as effective as the Middle East despots seem to think it is. For one, Egypt was … Continue reading

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Libyan Protests Growing? Updated

Word is trickling out of Libya, despite state media’s attempts to hide it, that the protests in Libya are gaining momentum: Messages and videos posted on social media sites Thursday signaled that anti-government protests in Libya were gathering steam in … Continue reading

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Anti-Government Protests Spread to Libya

Just last Sunday night, Muammar Gadhafi called on the Palestinians to rise up and noted, “This is a time of popular revolutions.” Well – it seems the Libyan people have taken his message to heart, as they are now protesting … Continue reading

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Feminism, Egypt and Lara Logan

In the wake of the attack on CBS journalist Lara Logan, MSNBC takes a closer look at the feminist movement and the state of women’s rights in Egypt: Egyptian women’s rights campaigners now worry that the reprieve they experienced during … Continue reading

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Female Circumcision Banned in Mauritania

An absolutely wonderful development in Africa: Mauritanian Muslim leaders ban female circumcision A group of 30 Mauritanian Muslim leaders have issued a religious edict banning female genital mutilation in the West African country. Shaikh Ould Zain, head of the Forum … Continue reading

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Dutch Bust Terror Plot

Nothing says “Peace on Earth, Goodwill Towards Men” quite like a terror plot getting busted: Dutch authorities have arrested 12 men of Somali origin they believe were about to carry out a terrorist attack, authorities said Saturday. The country’s intelligence … Continue reading

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Dutch Look to Cripple Tourism Industry

We all know why people travel to the Netherlands, and Amsterdam in particular, and it’s not because they’re windmill enthusiasts. But this constant source of revenue is about to be cut off by the Dutch government.  The BBC reports: The … Continue reading

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Truth, Religion and Wikileaks

A must read today (or is it tomorrow?) from Brendan O’Neill at the Australian on the disturbing cultish mentality surrounding Wikileaks and Julian Assange: The liberal worship of Assange is speedily becoming embarrassing and creepy. The respectable New Yorker looks … Continue reading

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Details Emerge on Assange Rape Investigation

Oh, the irony, as information about the alleged sexual misconduct of Julian Assange has been leaked from a Swedish police report: The Guardian, citing the Swedish police report, said “Miss A” told police that Mr. Assange ripped off her clothes … Continue reading

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North Korea Promises Nuclear War

North Korea is upping the heated rhetoric today, as AFP reports: North Korea warned that another war with South Korea would involve nuclear weapons, as diplomatic efforts continued to ease high tensions over its deadly artillery attack and atomic ambitions. … Continue reading

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