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Is Putin a Villain for Refusing to 'Play Ball' With the West?

For some reason the Russian president wasn’t considered evil during the war in Chechnya; the casual American style came about thanks to college students; meanwhile, Jimmy Carter thinks expanding Medicare would have been better than the Affordable Care Act. These discoveries and more below.

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How Vladimir Putin Became Evil
The US and UK condemn him for Crimea but supported him over the war in Chechnya. Why?

The End of Palestine? It’s Time to Sound an Alarm
Is the struggle for justice in Palestine nearing a crossroads?

Manufactured Crisis: the Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare
Journalist-scholar Gareth Porter has published another fine book on U.S. aggression, Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, which follows in the footsteps of his 2005 study, The Perils of Dominance.

Dress Casual: How College Students Redefined American Style
Those jeans in the drawer, that loose-fitting top in the dryer and the sneakers under the bed wouldn’t be an accepted part of American fashion if it weren’t for college students in the 20th century, according to Deirdre Clemente.

Jimmy Carter Says Medicare Should Be Expanded to All Ages
Characterizing the Affordable Care Act as “the lowest common denominator – the most complex system,” President Jimmy Carter tells us that he would have favored “the expansion of Medicare to include all ages.”

Welcome, Professor Bieber
Here’s a modest proposal: Why not ask one of our major universities to step up and hire him?

The Next Arab-Israeli War Will Be Fought with Drones
Hezbollah’s drones represent the next evolution of warfare-by-remote-control, when weaponized robotic planes give terrorist groups de facto air forces.

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