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Latest Wikileaks Bombshell: April Fool

H/T to Foreign Policy for bringing this to our attention. It appears from a 2008 cable released by Wikileaks that the US envoys in India were a little frustrated by Indian delyaing tactics and decided to let off some steam in a cable to the home office. Read the cable here on Wikileaks, and some […]

Feral Bees Swarm Brooklyn Streets

From the NYT: In a gale wind from [Hurricane Irene], a hollowed-out branch of an enormous tree was ripped off, exposing a hive of 30,000 to 40,000 honeybees. The hive’s discovery was a jackpot for the beekeeping community and word spread quickly on Facebook and Twitter that a feral hive was up for grabs.This being […]

Zionists And Americans Corrupt Iranian Youth; Lure Them Into Water Fights

The latest threat facing Iran’s theocratic paradise? Water fights and squirt guns. As a story in the WSJ says, After heeding a call on Facebook, a group of nearly 800 young men and women were among those who showed up at the park…They chased strangers around a giant water fountain, screaming and laughing as they […]

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Cry The Beloved Country

South Africa’s political façade has begun to crack. Fissures within the ruling African National Congress party became more pronounced Tuesday, as violent demonstrations erupted in Johannesburg to protest a disciplinary hearing for Julius Malema. From Reuters: South Africa’s ruling ANC will hold the second day of a disciplinary hearing of youth leader Julius Malema at […]

The Great Contraction

Martin Wolf has an excellent analysis of the struggling global economy in today’s FT. He writes: What has the market turmoil of August been telling us? The answer, I suggest, is three big things: first, the debt-encumbered economies of the high-income countries remain extremely fragile; second, investors have next to no confidence in the ability of […]

The Hand On Asia's Water Tap

An article in today’s FT describes another arena in the Asian Great Game: water. The writer is also the author of Water: Asia’s New Battleground, and as the article notes, China’s “construction of upstream dams on international rivers such as the Mekong, Brahmaputra or Amur shows China is increasingly bent on unilateral actions, impervious to the concerns […]

Liberation Theology with Chopsticks

Having been studying religion in all its magnificent diversity, I am now on every sort of mailing list—Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Eastern Christian Orthodox. I get print and electronic publications from all these sources, as well as from some others (including a shrilly anti-American bulletin from a supposedly progressive Islamic center in Malaysia). For some time […]

Hot Religion In Nigeria: Christians Attack

Nigeria’s sad summer of religious rampages got worse this week with reports that a group of Christian youth, apparently seeking revenge for earlier attacks, attacked Muslims during Ramadan in Nigeria’s “middle belt” city of Jos, with at least 20 dead. Jos has historically been a religious flashpoint but recently such incidents were mainly confined to […]

Ellis to Obama: More Stars In Our Flag!

Nobody can accuse Business Insider political editor John Ellis of thinking small.  His latest plan for Barack Obama: merge the US and Canada.Via Meadia supports this concept 100% as have all red blooded Americans since 1776.  As Ellis lists them, the advantages are irresistible. What would a United States of North America (or the United […]

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The financial crisis in China took an ominous turn for the worse yesterday as investors dumped shares despite government-led measures to stabilize prices. If this continues, it could be the biggest story of the year; maybe of the decade.

Uniform Reform?

A new and supposedly more professional and incorruptible police force is being rolled out in Ukraine, but the reform doesn’t seem to get at the structural problems that make Ukrainian state employees so corrupt in the first place.

Well Said

Bush suggested that a strong political order is a precondition for for liberal democracy.

Uighur Woes

Turkey and China are in a diplomatic row over Beijing’s crackdown on its Muslim Uighur minority during Ramadan.

The Guild-ed Age

The Texas Supreme Court struck down a burdensome state licensing law. Let’s hope more states shed licensing laws, and soon.

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“The card with it, which had a teddy bear dressed as a hobo on the front, explained that Greece made us this because they don’t have enough money for a present, which brought a tear to my eye,” Mario Draghi is reported to have said.

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