Iceland’s revolution goes unperceived by U.S. media; Greece worries about the China-ization of its country; and Egypt questions the need for a violent uprising. These discoveries and more, below.

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Iceland’s On-going Revolution An Italian radio program’s story about Iceland’s on-going revolution is a stunning example of how little our media tells us about the rest of the world.

China-isation of Greece Greeks refer to the austerity plan, especially the so-called labor market reforms, as kinezopeisi, or China-isation.

Did Britain’s approach to copyright just grow up? Just a few days ago, a judge in the Britain’s high court backed the argument of the Hollywood studios by ruling that the nation’s biggest ISP should block a Usenet tracker, Newzbin, that helped people download copyright-protected movies.

The gay agenda will see you now After panicking the religious right, inducing nightmares in the pope and shamelessly luring countless congresspersons and church pastors, mayors and deeply shamed NFL players into the shimmery rainbow fold, the world-famous “homosexual agenda” has, once and for all, screamed itself alive.

Lowering America’s War Ceiling? By now, it seems as if everybody and his brother has joined the debt-ceiling imbroglio in Washington, perhaps the strangest homespun drama of our time.

Nuclear Plant Now an Anti-Nuclear Attraction Environmental groups hope that a mothballed nuclear power plant on Bataan peninsula will become a major tourist attraction and earn green dollars for the Philippines.

Hollywood’s First Digital Christmas to Cause Pain In the new weekly magazine, The Hollywood Reporter looks at studios bracing for the shift from DVDs to cheaper movies in the cloud as they fight to own their digital future.

The Egyptian Impasse: Can a Revolution Succeed Without Violence? Half a year after Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak resigned, his military council runs the country, wielding even more power than before when it had to share authority with the president’s family and civilian inner circle.

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