Category: The World At Large

It's Not a Death Panel If It's Just One Person, Right?

It's Not a Death Panel If It's Just One Person, Right?

| March 7, 2011 | 6 Replies

I don’t suppose it’s far for me to point to this story and mutter “Death Panels” under my breath because an actual panel isn’t involved. It’s just one woman who, thanks to the her national government, wields a ridiculous amount of power and wants to let babies die because she thinks the money spent to […]

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Welcome to Britain, Where Death Stalks You at Every Turn

Welcome to Britain, Where Death Stalks You at Every Turn

| February 9, 2011 | 2 Replies

If you read British newspapers, and thanks to the miracle of RSS, I do, England may be the most dangerous country in the world. If the roving gangs of “Asian youth” or crowds of spoiled rioters ticked that they have to pay a little more for their mostly-subsidized college educations don’t get you, you can […]

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Saudi Arabia Goes Birdbrained over Israeli “Spy Vulture”

Saudi Arabia Goes Birdbrained over Israeli “Spy Vulture”

| January 4, 2011 | 3 Replies

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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Saudi Arabia Goes Birdbrained over Israeli "Spy Vulture"

Saudi Arabia Goes Birdbrained over Israeli "Spy Vulture"

| January 4, 2011 | 3 Replies

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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China Is the New Culprit, But What’s the Crisis?

China Is the New Culprit, But What’s the Crisis?

| December 27, 2010 | 1 Reply

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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Will the Internet Balkanize? Not Anytime Soon, I Don’t Think.

Will the Internet Balkanize? Not Anytime Soon, I Don’t Think.

| December 18, 2010 | 1 Reply

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 the Matter of Freedom, We Should Never Be on China’s Side

On the Matter of Freedom, We Should Never Be on China’s Side

| December 8, 2010 | 14 Replies

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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Government-Run Health Care Leaves Over 13,000 Elderly Malnourished

Government-Run Health Care Leaves Over 13,000 Elderly Malnourished

| December 6, 2010 | 1 Reply

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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The Leaks that Should Get Breathless Worldwide Coverage Today

The Leaks that Should Get Breathless Worldwide Coverage Today

| November 28, 2010 | 5 Replies

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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Nothing Sends a Message Like an Aircraft Carrier

Nothing Sends a Message Like an Aircraft Carrier

| November 24, 2010 | 4 Replies

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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