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Pursuing Soft Power, China Puts Stamp on Africa’s News

While America becomes more and more ignorant about the rest of the world, and the right-wingers -seek to reduce governmental programs that promote American culture, diplomacy, and values, the Chinese are expanding their global influence. August 17, 2012 China’s state-run news media are rapidly growing in Africa, hoping to bolster Beijing’s influence in a region rich in the resources needed to fuel China’s p ...

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In Paper, Chief of Egypt Army Criticized U.S.

Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama's handling of the Middle East, and in particular said he should have shown greater worked more closely with former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to transition to democracy. But clearly the issues of the Middle East are a lot more complicated and deep-rooted than Romney seems to understand. Gen. Sedky Sobhi argued that the American military presence in the Middle ...

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In Laundering Case, a Lax Banking Law Obscured Money Flow

This isn't an easy story to follow, so it's unlikely that it'll ever make a big splash on the cable networks, but it appears that British and American banks were laundering money for anti-American interests. August 8,2012 Until the law was changed in 2008, global banks could circumvent U.S. sanctions against Iran, Cuba, North Korea, sponsors of terrorist cells and drug cartels Vubdisguise clients identities ...

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Pussy Riot Trial: Russian Punk Rockers’ Trial Ends, Verdict Next Week

August 8, 2012 Three feminist punk rockers in Russia may face years in prison for barging into Moscow's main cathedral to sing a song against Vladimir Putin as he set out to reclaim the presidency. Wearing ski masks and miniskirts in garish colors, the Pussy Riot band members danced and high-kicked while belting out this refrain: Virgin Mary, Mother of God, put Putin away. Put Putin away, put Putin away. Th ...

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U.S. Begins Packing Its Afghan War Gear for the Movers

The ending of the Afghanistan war hasn't gotten public acclaim nor the support of Mitt Romney, but it sure beats where the country was ten years ago. August 4, 2012 As the Afghan war draws to a close, the American military has already began an immense logistical effort, spanning half the globe, to ship back its equipment. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/04/world/asia/in-afghanistan-us-packs-war-gear-fo ...

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Top official admits FBI had al-Awlaki in custody before letting him go in 2002

If this had happened under the Obama Administration, the right-wing would be calling for the President's impeachment. August 2, 2012 The FBI, for the the first time, has admitted publicly that it knew the radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was returning to the US in October 2002 and that an FBI agent discussed the American's return with a US attorney before he was detained and then abruptly released from ...

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Virus Infects Computers Across Middle East

This is apparently a huge, complex, and incredibly sophisticated, program that seems to have been primarily targeted at Iran. It operates through a known security hole in Windows operating software. It hasn't made much news, but it goes to show that the American public has no idea what's going on in the Middle East. May 28, 2012 Kaspersky, the computer security firm, says a new virus called Flame has invade ...

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My Big Fat Belizean, Singaporean Bank Account

July 29, 2012 Mitt Romney has been criticized for hiding his money in offshore bank accounts. Of course, he sees nothing wrong with the practice, and has said the American people wouldn't respect a person who paid more than his legal share of taxes. That may be true, at least among those Americans with the wealth and corporate power to take full advantage of the opportunities to pay less -- and to keep as m ...

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What Can Mississippi Learn From Iran?

Catchy title aside, this is a poignant story of poverty and culture in America, not to mention close-minded shortsightedness, but also one of hope and possibility. Nowhere is our health care system more broken and desperate than rural Mississippi. Can an approach used in Iran help save lives? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/magazine/what-can-mississippis-health-care-system-learn-from-iran.html?smid=pl-sha ...

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British Media Blasts Romney- Commentary and Photo Essay

/July 26, 2012 Romney set out on his first trip abroad as a presidential candidate, hoping to show the world his strength as a great statesman. Only one day into his trip, he has 6 major gaffes under his belt. (The Guardian has been kind enough to rate them from 1-10 for your convenience.) As reported by CBS News, the British news media has blasted Romney all evening. The center-left newspaper the Guardian ...

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