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Beijing charges Nobel Peace Prize is attack by West on 'rising China'

Beijing charges Nobel Peace Prize is attack by West on 'rising China'

BEIJING – China stepped up its criticism of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a jailed democracy activist Friday, saying the prize is a Western political tool used to attack a rising China. The commentary in the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s flagship newspaper, comes a day after several diplomats said China was […]

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Al Qaida's Arab Peninsula division has launched three strikes against U.S. in a year

WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The interception of two Al Qaida bombs by United Arab Emirates and Britain marked the third attempted mass-casualty strike by Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula against the United States in less than a year. Officials said Britain and the UAE cooperated to foil a bombing in the United States by the […]

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Former PM: Putin 'can't understand people who have values'

Former PM: Putin 'can't understand people who have values'

By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Calling for Washington’s diplomatic and commercial relations with Moscow to  “be less pragmatic and more value based,”  former Russian Prime Minister and now opposition figure Mikhail Kasyanov, stressed the role of the foreign community in supporting democratic change.  Stating bluntly that Russia is, “not a democracy at all” […]

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Russian president angers Japan with disputed isles visit

Russian president angers Japan with disputed isles visit

KUNASHIR, Kuril Islands – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev stoked Japan’s ire on Monday with a visit to the Kuril islands, a remote north Pacific territory at the heart of a decades-long dispute with Tokyo. Japan summoned Russia’s ambassador to Tokyo after Medvedev flew into the island of Kunashir, on the first visit by a Russian […]

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For Iranian refugees, the inhumanity which started back home continues in Greece and Turkey

For Iranian refugees, the inhumanity which started back home continues in Greece and Turkey

By Sheda Vasseghi With the inevitable downfall of the theocratic regime in Tehran, history will highlight the legacy of the Islamic Republic.  One of its legacies is the abhorrent phenomenon of countless Iranian refugees scattered across the globe, a condition never experienced by Iranians prior to the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Among the least tolerant locations […]

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How much do Americans really want to learn from the French?

How much do Americans really want to learn from the French?

 By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The French are used to a pleasant lifestyle, cushioned by beaucoup benefits, and why not? But unlike the old tune, “C’est si bon,” sung by Yves Montand, this lifestyle comes at a high economic price. It’s is now challenged by the rising cost of these entitlements and naturally […]

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As goes France, so goes . . .

As goes France, so goes . . .

Americans arriving in Paris these days will notice that France’s planes, trains and automobiles are all being slowed or stopped by nationwide protests over President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposal to raise the retirement age by . . . all of two years. Protesters are blockading refineries, truckers clog the roads, and yesterday air-traffic controllers walked off […]

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Why multicultural societies that accept Shariah laws will fail

Why multicultural societies that accept Shariah laws will fail

By Sheda Vasseghi In her recent speech, Germany’s Chancellor Merkel stated that creating a happy, productive multicultural society in Germany “has failed, totally.”  The Honorable Chancellor Merkel is only partially correct.  It is not the idea of a multicultural society that has failed, but a society’s inability to define multiculturalism, and subsequently protect the boundaries […]

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Hardball at the UN Security Council

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s always room for a surprise in politics, especially in the global hot house of the United Nations. So when both Germany and Portugal won two-year stints on the UN Security Council, even many insiders were stunned by the outcome. In the General Assembly’s annual election for the […]

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Greens protest Sweden's missile exports to Saudis

LONDON — Sweden is under assault from its opposition parties for exporting missiles and other munitions to Saudi Arabia. Officials said the Swedish government has approved an acceleration of military exports to Saudi Arabia in 2010. They said Swedish air and naval munitions arrived in Saudi Arabia throughout the first half of this year. “They […]