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Don’t Count on Us

Jun 5, 2010
In the face of the stereotypical image of Americans as free-spending consumers, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has told his international finance colleagues that G20 countries should not rely on American buyers for their products as they travel the road to economy recovery.

Dozens of Pakistani Politicians Called to Corruption Courts

Dec 19, 2009
Pakistan's Supreme Court dealt a blow to many in the country's ruling elite Friday by reopening corruption cases against "thousands of politicians," according to The New York Times, and calling for dozens of those officials to appear before the courts. Included on the list was President Asif Ali Zardari, but his position grants him immunity against prosecution.

The Making of Iran’s New Cabinet

Sep 3, 2009
The Iranian parliament has approved the first woman Cabinet minister, Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, in the 30-year history of the Islamic republic. Parliament also gave its blessing as defense minister to a man wanted in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Argentina that killed 85 people.

The Gospel According to … the Boss?

Jul 1, 2008
Unitarian Universalist minister Jeffrey Symynkywicz is quite the Bruce Springsteen enthusiast, apparently. The Boston fan has studied Bruce Springsteen's lyrics as though they were Scripture, and the end result is Symynkywicz's new book -- wait for it -- "The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen."

A Lesson in Courage From Beirut

Oct 2, 2007
Not only is The Independent reporter Fisk, like many others in Beirut, no longer shocked by a murder of yet another member of parliament, but he also is no longer affected by viewing the remains of the dead. Such is life in Lebanon today. Here, Fisk relates how Lebanese officials are learning to exist in a perpetual fog of fear.

Sir Salman’s Knighthood Triggers Backlash

Jun 18, 2007
Author Salman Rushdie is once again the subject of controversy -- a position the "Satanic Verses" scribe is familiar with, to say the least. The decision by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II to knight Rushdie last weekend drew criticism from Muslims who disagreed with the message of his most notorious novel, including members of Pakistan's parliament.