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Wikipedia’s Libertarian Roots

In a profile in the libertarian magazine Reason, the founder of Wikipedia explains how and why he launched the controversial site in order “to make the Internet not suck.” Turns out the plan is much bigger than just building a better encyclopedia and is based on the ideas of libertarian economist F.A. Hayek.

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China and Africa:  Uneasy Bedfellows?

With the Red Star rising over Africa, locals and leaders across that vast continent are starting to wonder if Beijing’s forays represent a positive collaboration among developing nations—or just the latest incarnation of exploitative colonialism.

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More Insufficiently Grateful Iraqis

More bad news for the more than 2 million Iraqis who have fled their occupied country: The Bush administration, after admitting fewer than 800 Iraqi refugees into the U.S. in the first three years of the occupation, has failed miserably to follow through on its promise to admit 7,000 more by the end of September.

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Damage Control Time for Blue Cross

A Blue Cross exec sent out a memo with talking points to help company employees handle the fallout resulting from filmmaker Michael Moore’s scathing take on the American healthcare system, “SiCKO”—and Moore got his hands on it. Oops!  (H/t: Crooks and Liars)

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Metallica Singer’s Beard Spooks Brits

Due to his “Taliban-like beard,” rock group Metallica’s frontman, James Hetfield, was detained at the Luton Airport in London on Thursday. On his way to play at the Live Earth concert, the California-born Hetfield was interrogated by officials who suspected he was a terrorist.  Fortunately, he was able to convince authorities that he was actually a rock star rather than a member of al-Qaeda. 

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Petraeus: Occupation Could Last for Decades

The good news, according to the United States’ main military man in Iraq, Lt. Gen. David Petraeus, is that American troops have succeeded in taking hold of two main insurgent hot spots, Ramadi and Baquba.  The bad news:  Petraeus is speculating that the situation in Iraq will get worse before it gets better—and that U.S. forces might need to stay there for many years.

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U.N. Nuke Experts Bring Good Word From Tehran

Here’s some good news from Iran that President Bush and his flock of hawks may not be eager to hear:  United Nations officials have reported that Iran is slowing its nuclear program and inspectors are returning to Tehran.

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Dissent Grows Among Republican Ranks

Although Lt. Gen. David Petraeus thinks the U.S. troop “surge” is finally starting to show some positive results, it may be too late to bolster the enthusiasm of several key Republicans in Congress who have joined their Democratic colleagues in challenging President Bush’s position on the Iraq war—which, along with the war in Afghanistan, is costing America $12 billion a month.

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Spotlight on Doctors in UK Bomb Plots

This report from Britain’s The Independent cases out the identities of the men and one woman associated with the recent attempted attacks in London and Glasgow, revealing some of their names, possible motives and backgrounds.  A noteworthy detail: Five of the eight people arrested are doctors.

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The Suicidal Surge

Reports from Baghdad on Saturday painted a grim picture of widespread mayhem.  Eight American troops were killed Friday and Saturday, and a series of suicide bombings occurred across the country, including a devastating blast at a market in Amarly that killed at least 115 and wounded hundreds more.

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