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World on Fire: Bahrain, Iran Join the Fray

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Bahrain demonstrates in solidarity with Egypt
Bahrain demonstrates in solidarity with Egypt

If the media are to be believed, there are literally dozens of countries around the world which are primed and ready to go up in flames. It all started in Tunisia, when a fruit seller set himself on fire and ignited a revolution that sent President Ben Ali packing. This inspired two-plus weeks of street protests in Egypt, which led to the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Ongoing demonstrations include those in Algeria, which have been recently invigorated after seeing the success of Tunisia and Egypt's protestors, and thousands in Yemen demanding that President Ali Abdullah Saleh step down.

The latest countries to see protests are Iran, where police on Monday used tear gas and batons on protestors, and Bahrain, where police have opened fire on a funeral procession for a victim of previous violence.… Continues …

What Are Mubarak's Chances?

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He's doomed
64% (7 votes)
He'll remain in power
36% (4 votes)
Total votes: 11

Changing Perspectives: Can Mubarak Hold On to Power?

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President George W. Bush and Egyptian Presiden...

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Not-so-doomed?

Many of us have spent the last couple of weeks enthralled by the events unfolding in Egypt. The developments have been coming so fast and furious that it has seemed almost impossible to write an article about it — anything I write would be out-of-date almost before it's published. That said, I have noticed an interesting change in the media narrative regarding Mubarak's outlook for survival.

In the early days of the current unrest, most of the news articles seemed to assume that regime change in Egypt was inevitable. It was really just a matter of time until Mubarak would be unseated. The most over-used word of the week was "clinging", "clung", or variations thereof. Obama and his administration felt confident enough to issue typically ambiguous (yet still crystal clear) statements that change "must begin now" and that the people had to be heard.

The writing was on the wall. Change was at hand; it was the Arab world's 1989 revolution. Israel's Haaretz newspaper went so far as to say that Obama would "go down in history as the president who lost Egypt".… Continues …

Murder of John P. Wheeler Connected to Mass Bird Deaths?

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Death

Last week, a celebrated and influential Pentagon insider and defense contractor was found dead in Delaware. The body of John P. Wheeler was discovered as a garbage truck dumped its load at a landfill. The death has been ruled a homicide, and thus far the investigators who are piecing together the case have offered no clear motive or reason for his mysterious murder.

In seemingly unrelated news, there has been a sudden die-off of birds and fish in the southern United States that has a lot of people talking about the apocalypse. First 5,000 blackbirds plummeted to the earth in Arkansas, littering the ground with their corpses and even hitting passers-by. Then a few days later, 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found dead in nearby Louisiana. And 80,000 drum fish died in an Arkansas river close to where the blackbirds died.… Continues …

Science Upended Again: The Fountain of Youth and Living Clouds

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The Fountain of Youth by Lucas Cranach the Elder

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Just when we think that we have a grasp on what's possible — on the outer limits of what science is likely to achieve or learn — something comes along to turn all that on its head. If, like many people (including myself), you thought that science would probably never discover anything resembling a fountain of youth, it turns out you were wrong. Not only have scientists recently succeeded in slowing down the aging process in mice, they have actually reversed it.

According to PopSci, scientists at Harvard "turned unhealthy old mice into youthful versions of themselves." Ronald DePinho, the lead scientist working on the project, told the Guardian:

"What we saw in these animals was not a slowing down or stabilisation of the ageing process. We saw a dramatic reversal – and that was unexpected... These were severely aged animals, but after a month of treatment they showed a substantial restoration, including the growth of new neurons in their brains."

Wikileaks: What's The Point?

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 History Is The Only Guidebook Civil...

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As much as I like the idea of a rebellious man-without-a-country causing grief to all the world's governments in the name of freedom, I must admit I'm having some serious misgivings in light of the latest Wikileaks' release.

I'll let you read about the latest bombshells at the New York Times special section or The Guardian. What I'm having trouble with is understanding exactly how these leaks are supposed to help anyone. I'm not alone. As Ta-Nehisi Coates, senior editor of the The Atlantic puts it:

"What responsibility does Assange have to this country? Does American media exist to serve the immediate good of the American public? Or is there some longer, greater, good in disclosing these dispatches? Is information, in and of itself, good?"

The Wake of the Week - Everyday Stories

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Cuts, Cuts, Cuts.

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 Labour Party poster for U...

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It would seem that the focus of the press at the moment is all about the changes to Government spending and how it is changing the services that available to the British Punter.  Doom and gloom stories are about all of the time and it would be  a ostrich-like news fanatic of me not to point some of this stuff out. 

Education changes have been making the headlines, mainly due to ongoing "riots" during student protests over fees.  Not like Riots back in my day mind, they were proper riots with proper pipe bombs, coshs and  Riot Squad everywhere.  A Gentleman was charged this week with "violent disorder" for throwing a fire extinguisher through a window such was his rage.… Continues …

The Wake of the Week - Everyday Stories

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Map showing the 34 provinces of Afghanistan.

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