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Waited All Year for That Christmas Cake? If You're in Japan, Welcome to the Butter Shortage.

The shortage in the lead-up to Christmas has coined a new Internet meme in Japan: butter refugees.

Mark Udall and the Unspeakable

President Obama, who is just now un-ending again the ending of the endless war on Afghanistan, has never made a secret of taking direction from the military, CIA, and NSA. He’s escalated wars that generals had publicly insisted he escalate. He’s committed to not prosecuting torturers after seven former heads of the CIA publicly told [...]

Lobbying for Women in Hungary

It took a while before the new democracies of East-Central Europe acquired the trappings of a modern political system. One of the new features borrowed from the West was lobbying. To engage in lobbying, however, the new NGOs first had...Show More Summary

Pull Up a Chair: Thanksgiving Celebration 2014

Here we are, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Twenty questions for you, of a sort: What will your menu be Thursday? Who preps the food? Who do you spend the holiday with, how many people; relatives, friends? How far do you travel, by what mode (air, train, bus, car…)?  How long is your trip?  How long [...]

Gunmen Ambush Bus, Kill 28 Passengers in Kenya

Suspected Islamic extremists from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya's north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board, police officials said today. The bus traveling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers was hijacked at dawn 30 miles from the town of Mandera near Kenya's border with Somalia. About 20 gunmen...

Robbers steal 'Ebola blood samples' in Guinea

Samples believed to be infected with Ebola stolen from Red Cross courrier during raid on a shared taxi in rural Guinea.

Kiev says Russia has 7,500 troops in Ukraine

Four Ukraine soldiers killed in country's east as Kiev accuses Russia of having 7,500 soldiers deployed on its soil.

Top 6 Green Energy Good News Stories, November 2014

By Juan Cole 1. There has been a lot of reporting and angst over the possibility that India will turn to coal to electrify the country (many in India still lack electricity).…

US said to broaden combat role in Afghanistan

New York Times says Obama has given hushed green light for Pentagon to continue Afghanistan mission for at least a year.

'Dozens killed' in Kenya bus attack

Gunmen reportedly kill 28 passengers in ambush on bus travelling to capital Nairobi from Mandera in country's northeast.

“Iran too big a fish for Israel to fry” – Former IAEA Head Hans Blix on Nuclear Talks

RT | – “The latest negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program are entering their final days – the deadline set for November 24. Officials say there are many obstacles – but they also…

Israeli Occupation forces wound dozens of Palestinian Protesters across West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces opened fire and injured dozens of Palestinians across the West Bank on Friday, as hundreds marched in a number of cities and villages in protest against the…

South Dakota Native Tribe: Keystone XL an “act of war”

RT | —- “The Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota says that congressional approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline will be considered an act of war. If given the green light…

Bahrain votes amid Shia boycott calls

Opposition group vows to boycott first elections since a 2011 uprising was crushed by the Gulf nation's Sunni rulers.

Junta arrests Thai Protesters using ‘Hunger Games’ 3-finger Salute at Mockingjay Premiere

TomoNews & The Telegraph | — [Taiwan Animators (TomoNews)] “I’m sure you remember this touching scene from ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ where Katniss shows her resolve and will to fight after her…

This 'Boy' I Met in Afghanistan Has a Secret

When you travel, sometimes it's not so much about the place you travel to but the people you meet. And sometimes the people you meet can be a little... out there. When I went to Afghanistan in February for the Afghan Ski Challenge, I was the "out there" one for my friends. Show More Summary

The Danger of Derailing the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Paul R. Pillar Iran, Middle East Inflection points in the history of U.S. foreign relations sometimes are marked by new departures and new roads taken. But they might instead entail blown opportunities to take new and better roads, with significant damage resulting from the failure to take them. Show More Summary

Iran supplied missiles to Hezbollah that can reach Dimona in Israel

Iranian sources have revealed that Hezbollah has received from Iran a new missile of great destructive capabilities and that can reach the “Dimona” nuclear reactor in southern Israel. The Fars News agency ” which is close to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, reported on Saturday that the new missile is of the Fateh class or “conqueror” […]

Mexico's President Forced into a Corner

MEXICO CITY -- It was a sweet, prolonged honeymoon. During his first 18 months in office President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico signed a political agreement with the country's top three political parties, something unheard of in a country known for its acrimonious, highly partisan politics. Show More Summary

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