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German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a roasted wild pig beside U.S. President George W. Bush during a barbecue with residents in the northeastern German village of Trinwillershagen at the German Baltic sea July 13, 2006. Bush on Thursday defended Israel 's attacks on targets in Lebanon. Views
Dear Israel: Bombing Doesn't Work
I am always amazed at the childlike faith that powerful nations put in bombing. In the past 70 years we have seen nation after nation launch hideous bombing attacks on enemies, confident that the resulting carnage will “break the spirit” of their adversaries. It never does. What it does, for the...
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Mutually Assured Destruction in the Middle East
Israel's air, land and sea blockade of Lebanon, which includes jet fighter strikes against the airport in Beirut, presages a new era in the Middle East, one in which the center has collapsed and Muslim and Jewish extremists, capable only of the language of violence, determine the parameters of...
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Henry Paulson and the Five Circles of Economic Hell
In his book, The Divine Comedy: Inferno , Dante describes successive circles of Hell intended for successively villainous sinners. The higher circles punish only minor sins: gluttony; lust; avarice. The deeper circles are reserved for those who have committed more egregious sins: adultery; usury;...
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A Martian's Electic Observations of Earthlings
I, Naitram, formerly of the Planet Mars, am pleased to offer you Earthlings who call yourselves Americans a few eclectic observations on your lives and prospects on Planet Earth. Notwithstanding the preoccupations of your science-fiction writers, I have not considered your reproductive habits, your...
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Hamas Officials Already Recognize Israel's Right to Exist, Apparently
It looks like the topelected officials in the Palestinian Hamas party are signaling that they accept Israel's right to exist. Last week the highest-ranking Hamas leader, Prime Minister Ismail Haniya, told Israel's most prestigious newspaper, Ha'aretz: "If Israel withdraws to the 1967 borders, peace...
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Red apples (Braeburn) in tray for transport and display in European Union. (Photo: Soren Breiting) News
What Not to Eat: the Truth about Food
Low-fat is good, butter is bad; buy free-range, not battery; tofu's terrific, lard's a killer... Messages about what we should and shouldn't eat bombard us on a daily basis. So what are we to believe? And what about the cost to the planet? Rose Prince unravels the myths and explains what we need to...
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Immigration Flood Unleashed by NAFTA's Disastrous Impact on Mexican Economy
The recent ferment on immigration policy has been so narrow that it has excluded the real issue: family-sustaining wages for workers both north and south of the border. The role of the North American Free Trade Agreement and misnamed 'free trade' has been scarcely mentioned in the increasingly...
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Gelded Donkeys: Why the Democrats Are Worse Than Useless
In the Sherlock Holmes mystery, Silver Blade , it was the dog that didn't bark that fingered the killer. As Holmes explained to Watson, the reason for the silence, even as the victim was being murdered, was that the dog must have known the killer - its own master. Viola! Mystery solved. In a...
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Jack Abramoff---lobbyist, con man, swindler, keeper of Washington’s buried skeletons---is singing. Views
The Crookedness of Congress is Nearing Exposure
A terror stalks the streets of Washington today the like of which has not been seen here since the War of 1812 when the British invaded the city and burned the White House. Jack Abramoff---lobbyist, con man, swindler, keeper of Washington’s buried skeletons---is singing. His opening number,...
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10 Good Things about Another Bad Year
As we close this year, a year in which we were pummeled by the Iraq war, attacks on our civil rights and Mother Nature's fury of hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, there is no shortage of reasons to feel bruised and beaten. But to start the new year with a healthy determination to keep on...
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