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Chavez and Castro
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Chavez Raises Doubts Over Castro’s Health

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has reinvigorated speculation over Fidel Castro’s health after announcing that the Cuban leader is “locked in a battle for his life.” The two leaders are known to be close, and Castro has yet to make a public appearance since undergoing surgery in July.

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Jungle woman
ecanadanow.com

The Jungle Woman of Cambodia

A woman in Cambodia walked out of the jungle a week ago, making odd grunting noises and walking like a monkey. From a scar on her arm, one family has claimed her as its own, saying she ran away 19 years ago. But skeptics abound, and her inability to speak is no help in solving the mystery.

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Denny Doherty
northernstars.ca

Doherty of Mamas and Papas Dead at 66

The Mamas and the Papas’ Denny Doherty died on Friday at the age of 66. The singer had suffered a brief illness and was experiencing kidney problems.

Posted on Jan 19, 2007 READ MORE


Bob Ney
frontier.cincinnati.com

Disgraced Congressman Gets 30 Months

Rep. Bob Ney was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Friday for his role in the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal. Ney’s prison time could be significantly reduced if he completes an alcohol rehab program.

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Military Spending Boggles the Mind

The Pentagon estimates that the cost of the Iraq war will reach $8.4 billion a month this year, or $9.7 billion if you include Afghanistan. That’s up from $8 billion a month last year, and $4.4 billion back in 2003. Either America was getting twice as much war for half the price four years ago, or someone is inflating his budget.

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Robert Redford
robertredford.com

Redford Demands Bush Apology for War

Robert Redford opened the Sundance Film Festival by demanding an apology for the war in Iraq. The festival features several decidedly political films, including “Chicago 10,” which centers on demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic convention, and “Ghosts of Abu Ghraib.”

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Roger Morris
greeninstitute.net

A Chance to Retrieve History

Roger Morris, who served on the senior staff of the National Security Council under Presidents Johnson and Nixon, knows a thing or two about the folly of escalation. In this must-read essay, the award-winning historian reminds us that a military’s unwillingness to admit defeat and a president’s desire for victory are no excuse for the lives wasted on a futile vision of conquest.

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Hugo Chavez
news.bbc.co.uk

Chavez Consolidates Power

Hugo Chavez has won preliminary approval to rule by decree for 18 months. The Venezuelan president has said he intends to enact sweeping reforms, including the elimination of term limits for the president and the nationalization of some key industries.

Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


China satellite
hhill.org

China, U.S. May Be Preparing for Star Wars

China has successfully completed a test of an anti-satellite weapon, alarming the United States and other nations, the White House said. Although the Bush administration is weary of a possible militarized space race, it has steadfastly opposed a ban on such tests in order to preserve U.S. “freedom of action in space.”

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Protesters
badgerherald.com

Public Officials Pledge to Eliminate Gay Marriage Ban

The city of Madison, Wis., will allow public officeholders to protest the state’s gay marriage ban when they’re sworn in this April, adding this caveat to their oaths: “I pledge to work to eliminate this section from the constitution ... and work to prevent any discriminatory impacts from its application.”

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