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Year of the Sheep, Century of the Dragon?

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Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you looks all too solid and nothing like the embattled nation you hear about in the Western media.

The Life and Death of Words, People and Even Nature

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After Roman legions invaded Egypt, during one of the battles waged by Julius Caesar against the brother of Cleopatra, fire devoured most of the thousands upon thousands of papyrus scrolls in the Library of Alexandria. A pair of millennia later, during George W. Bush’s crusade against an imaginary enemy in Iraq, most of the books in the Library of Baghdad were reduced to ashes.

Jon Stewart's Plan for Peace in the Middle East

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During an interview with Vali Nasr on Tuesday, "The Daily Show" host grew frustrated with the increasing violence in the Middle East and offered his own plan for peace in the region.

Colbert: Mideast Goes ?Democrazy?

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Linguists beware; Stephen Colbert has invented a new word: "democrazy." As the host explains, ?there was a time when I thought the key to Middle East peace was representative government, but then democracy gives us a prime minister who sides with Hezbollah, an Iranian president who wants to go nuclear, and a Palestinian government controlled by Hamas. So, now, I?m thinking maybe we did the wrong thing.?

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