I’m honestly not sure whether this story is funny or depressing. A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday. The bird was found in a rural area of the country [...]

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Jimmie on December 27th, 2010

Ever since I determined that President Obama has replaced that “The Buck Stops Here” placard with one that says “You Don’t Ever Want A Crisis to Go to Waste” on the Resolute Desk, I’ve been on the lookout for The Culprit. You know who The Culprit is. It’s the person or group who is actually [...]

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If you’re looking for something to ponder this weekend, let me recommend this piece in the Economist about the Internet in the modern age to you (via Melissa Clouthier’s Twitter feed). The article looks at the challenges of keeping the internet open in the face of obvious threats to national security such as WikiLeaks, reassertion [...]

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On Friday, the Nobel committee will award the Nobel Peace Prize to someone who truly deserves it, a Chinese dissident named Liu Xiaobo. Mr. Liu won’t be there to receive his award because he is in a Chinese prison, serving an 11-year sentence for “subversion”. His wife won’t be there either, because the tyrants in [...]

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This is monstrous. The number of patients becoming malnourished in hospital has doubled in just three years. Official figures show that a record 13,500 patients fell victim to some form of nutritional deficiency last year. Most are frail and elderly pensioners who are simply ‘left to starve’ because they are too weak to feed themselves. [...]

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If you’re looking for a more gripping story than that of the cowardly accused child-molester Julian Assange and the documents he’s released that will get good people killed*, here’s one for you. With its ruthless dictator, network of forced labour camps and iron grip of its ruling party, North Korea is the last country one [...]

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Jimmie on November 24th, 2010

Early yesterday morning, North Korea launched a fussilade of over 100 artillery shells at the South Korean island of Yeonpeong. The attack killed two civilians and two marines, and wounded 18 others. South Korea returned fire with a smaller artillery barrage and scrambled attack aircraft. The Norks claim that an earlier South Korean military exercise [...]

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Iran has a problem with its schools that might seem familiar to some of us. Its curricula are not in line with the religion of the ruling class and so the schools must change what they teach. Iran will not allow its universities to begin teaching certain disciplines it deems too “Western,” and existing courses [...]

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