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The Enemy of My Enemy

After delivering a fiery U.N. speech, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swung through Latin America to strengthen ties with a couple of friendly leftist leaders: Evo Morales of Bolivia and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Chavez, who’s no stranger to President Bush’s hot temper, called Ahmadinejad “one of the greatest anti-imperialist fighters,” clearly a reference to his opposition to the United States.

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World Leaders Condemn Burma Violence

At least nine more people have been killed and hundreds of monks abducted as Burma’s military regime attempts to stamp out a defiant demonstration against its abuses.

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Debate Puts Clinton on the Defensive

The otherwise uneventful two-hour Democratic presidential debate highlighted some key differences among the candidates and more significantly Sen. Clinton’s vulnerabilities (see: failed healthcare reform and the Iraq war).

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Breaking Oil Addiction with Grass and Super-Microbes?

Researchers are developing cheaper and more effective enzymes to break down cellulose into ethanol, turning a wide variety of plant-based materials, including some garbage, into potential energy sources. Looks like using banana peels to power your car might, one day, be not the stuff of Back to the Future fiction but an economically viable solution to the energy crisis.

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Additional Funding for a Worsening Iraq Disaster

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gate’s $42-billion request will bring the 2008 war funding total to $190 billion. According to The Washington Post, this would be the largest single-year spending total for the wars so far. Add this to Wednesday’s Senate vote to split Iraq along religious and sectarian lines (as though it is senators’ decision to make) and the grim picture of Iraq’s future starts to look even worse.

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Gen. Pace on Gays and ‘God’s Law’

While attempting to clarify his previous remarks on the immorality of homosexuality, outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Peter Pace on Wednesday managed to put his foot even deeper into his mouth, saying that, while he’s willing to keep an open mind, our nation should not “condone activity [read: gay sex] that, in my upbringing, is counter to God’s law.”

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Navy to Obscure Giant Swastika

The Navy plans to spend $600,000 to obscure a San Diego-area building complex that happens to be shaped like a swastika. The buildings have been around since the 1960s and for years no one seemed to mind, but that was before the advent of Google Earth.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Susan Walsh

Waxman: State Dept. Blocked Blackwater Investigation

Congressman Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, claims his panel’s attempts to look into Blackwater USA’s recent controversial actions in Iraq were derailed by the State Department.  The State Department, on the other hand, denies blocking the investigation and says Waxman’s charge is the result of a “misunderstanding.”

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Ellsberg Warns of Possible ‘Police State’ in U.S.

Just to put current world events in perspective, here’s a transcript of a recent speech by Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who released the Pentagon Papers to the press during the Vietnam War, about some potential developments that could severely harm our country in the not-so-distant future.

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protesting monks
AP photo

Violence Breaks Out in Burma

After a long and tense buildup over recent weeks, the standoff between Buddhist monks and security forces in Burma became violent on Wednesday, with differing reports bringing news of gunfire, deaths and mass arrests in the city of Yangon.

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