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 The American Civil War beginsThe American Civil War begins by The Ovi Team
April 12th 1861; the bloodiest four years in American history begin when Confederate shore batteries under General P.G.T. Beauregard open fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina\'s Charleston Bay. During the next 34 hours, 50 Confedera
 Kennedy shotKennedy shot by The Ovi Team
November 22nd 1963; the President of the United States was assassinated by a gunman in Dallas, Texas. John F Kennedy was hit in the head and throat when three shots were fired at his open-topped car. The presidential motorcade was travelling th
 Hope is connected with Barack ObamaHope is connected with Barack Obama by Thanos Kalamidas
It was a few days ago when the evening-news had a special report from Ohio, USA and the latest part of the American presidential campaign.  For some reason I kept the volume mute and I just watched the two candidates and their body language.
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 The High Cost of FreedomThe High Cost of Freedom by Jack Wellman
Red, white, and blue we do displayFor patriots gave their bestNo greater cost did they payDo many now lay at restWashington, York, and even LeeWithout a second thoughtSo you and I are this day fre
 The Climate of Hate - Arizona ShootingThe Climate of Hate - Arizona Shooting by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
United States is a nation prone to political violence. Nine presidents have been the targets of assassination, along with one president-elect and three presidential candidates. In addition, some eight governors, seven U.S. Senators, 10 Representat
 Sarah's legitimacySarah's legitimacy by Thanos Kalamidas
I never liked Sarah Palin and she represents everything I despite in a human being, the arrogance and the self-centered side of the ignorant. The woman hours after the murderous events of Arizona came out with a video reloading in an effect to avo
 A hit that left too many wounds openA hit that left too many wounds open by Thanos Kalamidas
When the doctors say “very encouraging” its something with a lot of gaps to cover. It definitely means alive but still it is a bullet in the head, it is long treatments and a lot of pain it is a lot of questions and very early for answ
 Hope dies last Mr. ObamaHope dies last Mr. Obama by Thanos Kalamidas
Since Barack Obama’s victorious election two years ago I very rarely write about the reality of American politics at least the way they look like from this side of the ocean. I suppose there are many reasons for that mainly because I want hi
 Giving Back the Tea: The Rhetoric of Small Government in the USGiving Back the Tea: The Rhetoric of Small Government in the US by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The rhetoric of US government is the rhetoric of small institutions and Jeffersonian yeomen.  As a young United States was getting ready to become a world power with imperial tendencies, Thomas Jefferson warned that big was not necessarily be
 The Nouveau EliteThe Nouveau Elite by N. L. Wilbur
Spitting in the face of the American dream and shitting in the pool of American prosperity, the new radical wing of the Republican Party has launched a campaign to replace elitism and intelligence not just with populism, but with Proletarianism, i
 Tea Party - Ominous Sign for America?Tea Party - Ominous Sign for America? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Many states across America are having primary elections these days to allow the registered members to choose their party candidates for the coming mid-term election in November. [With very few exceptions, most states don’t allow independents
 Sarah is back, tweetingSarah is back, tweeting by Thanos Kalamidas
In the beginning she was the guest star in a gig called the Tea-Party; then she took over the central stage and the gig turned into a mega-show where the good old ‘values’ that everybody tries to forget became the issue and in the end
 Declaration of Independence and Dependence upon God - 4th of July HistoryDeclaration of Independence and Dependence upon God - 4th of July History by Jack Wellman
A little known fact is that fifty-four of the fifty-six signatories of the Declaration of Independence were believers. These men understood the powerful influence that the Savoir God had on each and every individual who had signed this and pledged
 The Great Elitist PrevaricatorThe Great Elitist Prevaricator by Leah Sellers
El Supremo Rancid-o Limberger. Slice per slice, you’re a tasty piece for (and of) mice and men.Squeak per squeak, on the Airwaves you speak the Elitist propaganda and end each prevarication with - In Malevolent Capitalis
 Why Americans are fun to WatchWhy Americans are fun to Watch by Patrick McWade
"Why Americans are fun to Watch" is a new cartoon booklet from Patrick McWade for you to download and enjoy!CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO BEGIN THE DOWNLOAD
 Western Meddling with Iran's Nuclear Program is Unacceptable: Part 2/2Western Meddling with Iran's Nuclear Program is Unacceptable: Part 2/2 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 Western Meddling with Iran's Nuclear Program is Unacceptable: Part 1/2Western Meddling with Iran's Nuclear Program is Unacceptable: Part 1/2 by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 Slashed Budgets and Bleeding SchoolsSlashed Budgets and Bleeding Schools by Jack Wellman
Not since the Great Depression have so many school districts in the state of Kansas been in financial jeopardy, almost to the point of having to close their doors permanently. In my own local school district in Belle Plaine, Kansas, the school dis
 The State of the Union: Obama, Populism, and the Palin White HouseThe State of the Union: Obama, Populism, and the Palin White House by Dr. Gerry Coulter
Barack Obama’s State of the Union address shows us that he is already tired of Washington and one almost feels sorry that a man of his caliber will be forced to endure three more years of it. Perhaps now he is coming to realize why people of
 Healthcare: Time Doesn't WaitHealthcare: Time Doesn't Wait by Bohdan Yuri
Already the Republicans are attacking --- and promoting defeat of health care reform. Now would be the time for President Obama to come forth and act as a true leader --- a Leader of both the Nation and the Democrat Party. If he doesn’t d
 America: Melting Pot, Smelting Pot, Pressure Cooker, Too!America: Melting Pot, Smelting Pot, Pressure Cooker, Too! by Leah Sellers
Yes! Truth Be Told, America is a Living dynamically static and statically dynamic Social and Ideological grand and Great Experiment! Magnificent in Her audacious audacity! Yes! Truth Be Told, America is a Melting Pot, Smelting Pot, and Pressure Co
 Corporate America Still Doesn't Get ItCorporate America Still Doesn't Get It by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 The Last Exit from AfghanistanThe Last Exit from Afghanistan by Bohdan Yuri
Months ago I was relieved to see that President Obama was not rushing his decisions regarding his Afghanistan strategy. Unfortunately, Mr. President, your final choice of action was a return to the basics of conquering the enemy with occupation.
 A U.S. Citizen Survives Political Prison in EthiopiaA U.S. Citizen Survives Political Prison in Ethiopia by Doug McGill
Okwa Omot is sleeping safely in a warm bed at his home in Washington, D.C. this week. That is something of a miracle considering that only a week ago – and for 107 days before that – he wa
 Missiles on Bush and Cheney's profitsMissiles on Bush and Cheney's profits by Thanos Kalamidas
When some people reacted to Washington’s decision to establish a missiles defense system in Europe – mainly in Poland and the Czech Republic – they were nearly called traitors, and that’s because the big plan of the Bush adminis
 Obama, Religion and RamadanObama, Religion and Ramadan by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 Going to the DogsGoing to the Dogs by Jack Wellman
Dog attacks are on the rise. And generally, the rise is not due to domestic dog attacks where a dog bites a family member or neighbor. There is a rising menace growing in rural and suburban America. And not only in the States, but in fact it is be
 Let's Play Monopoly...Or Not!Let's Play Monopoly...Or Not! by Leah Sellers
Uh-oh! Before we Spin the National Roulette Wheel on Healthcare, America - let’s have a Reality check! The Insurance Companies (and the Banks They own and that in turn own/and or run the Insurance Companies - Is tha
 Blackwater, Iraq and the Bush AdministrationBlackwater, Iraq and the Bush Administration by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 The death sentenceThe death sentence by Thanos Kalamidas
I recently read the announcement of the Chinese officials that they are going to punish the ones responsible for the Uighur riots, threatening them with the death sentence. A couple of days later, I watched a documentary about the Sharia law. The
 The Kitchen DebateThe Kitchen Debate by Thanos Kalamidas
The Kitchen Debate was an impromptu debate (through interpreters) between then U.S. Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev at the opening of the American National Exhibition in Moscow, on July 24, 1959. For the event,
 Robert McNamara - the man and his legacy - the Vietnam WarRobert McNamara - the man and his legacy - the Vietnam War by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
When Robert Strange McNamara died in his home on July 6 very few people noticed. He was 93. He joined a diverse band of celebrities who died within two weeks of his death. It included Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, Billy Mays, Steve McNair, and most
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 24: Non-Quality InnWheels on the bike go round and round 24: Non-Quality Inn by Mike Jennett
We are now almost half way across the United States. Each day blends into the previous and most are little more than a pedal slog to reach the next town.Yes, there are odd restaurants that stand out, nights to be remembered
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 23: Door DilemmaWheels on the bike go round and round 23: Door Dilemma by Mike Jennett
It’s only been 2 weeks but every hotel blurs into one.Doesn’t matter whether it’s a Super 8, a Comfort Inn or a Holiday Inn - they’re all clones. The town is of no importance. The day does not matter.
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 22: Flat TiresWheels on the bike go round and round 22: Flat Tires by Mike Jennett
Tracy proclaimed that four minutes is all it takes to deal with a flat tire.That minimalist period probably assumes all tools are ready to hand, that the unfortunate flatee replaces the tube instead of patching it and uses a CO2 inj
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 21: Taking It EasyWheels on the bike go round and round 21: Taking It Easy by Mike Jennett
Today, we crossed the Rio Grande.Not with John Wayne and the Tenth Cavalry, not as cause-bound freedom fighters and without wagons, guns or canon. We had bicycles in place of horses and we crossed the big river to reach the town of
 Dick Cheney, the Lord ProtectorDick Cheney, the Lord Protector by Thanos Kalamidas
I have the feeling that it will take decades until we find out what really happened during the George W. Bush era. Conspiracy theories have already been circulating about 9/11, and more are to come regarding the money and oil trafficking, and abou
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 20: GrantsWheels on the bike go round and round 20: Grants by Mike Jennett
Don’t come to Grants unless your evening plans comprise wandering Walmart, or ritual suicide.For all I know, there could be a vibrant eclectic scene downtown but, on the outskirts, this town lacks a certain joie de vi
 Obama and his conservative criticsObama and his conservative critics by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Do you listen to conservative talk show hosts in America? I usually don’t. But once in a while, no matter how stupid, obscene and arrogant they sound, you simply can’t ignore them. They make news with their ludicrous discoveries and
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 19: Daily RoutineWheels on the bike go round and round 19: Daily Routine by Mike Jennett
Touring is tough. It’s only fun if you’re Tracy and you get to drive the luggage truck. For us, it’s a slog and any light-hearted parts have to be underlined and highlighted in bold.Routine; that’s w
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 18: Climbing to NirvanaWheels on the bike go round and round 18: Climbing to Nirvana by Mike Jennett
From Wickinburg to Flagstaff, the scrub desert changed into an endless 3-day climb through lush vegetation and sheer rock faces, standing on the pedals and wishing for a smaller granny gear.It is impossible to judge the amo
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 17: The Mojave DesertWheels on the bike go round and round 17: The Mojave Desert by Mike Jennett
The Mojave, when it came, wasn’t the promised horror.Hot it was, but the temperature didn’t exceed a moderate 105 Fahrenheit and only two people needed hospital IV re-hydration. Overall, a fairly innocuous day of cycling
 Nothin' Could Be FinahNothin' Could Be Finah by Leah Sellers
Nothin’ could be finah, than to be in CarolinaIn the mornin’Nothin’ could be meanah, than to be in ArgentinaCaught red-handed, and snorin’Nothin could be tougha, than to be Argentina’s
 Americans withdraw from IraqAmericans withdraw from Iraq by Thanos Kalamidas
So is Iraq finally free and ready to protect itself and its democracy? A pop concert in the Baghdad Zoo Park and fireworks in the evening sky say so, but a bomb blast in the center says there is still a lot of work to be done. At least now they ar
 ...a cup of tea!...a cup of tea! by Thanos Kalamidas
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 When Will We Ever Learn?When Will We Ever Learn? by Leah Sellers
The news is being spread that North Korea intends to launch a ‘practice’ missile test toward the Hawaiian Islands on July 4th, 2009. A nuclear missile (practice launch, mind you - does that make it less serious - less idiotically malic
 What's Wrong With That?!What's Wrong With That?! by Leah Sellers
A Texas Congressman, Lamar Smith, is wanting to pass a bill creating a national Media Fairness Caucus. He, and some of his (so-called) Conservative cronies have had it with the Free-wheelin’ American Free Press. They want a Group of Chosen F
 A True HypocriteA True Hypocrite by Tahir Khan
No doubt the USA as a superpower in this unipolar world after the collapse of USSR and for retaining superpower title, they must occupy strategic locations, natural resources and trade routes of the world and also need to ignite war and create con
 Will Obama Capitulate to Netanyahu?Will Obama Capitulate to Netanyahu? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Recently Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu visited the White House but offered little support to Obama’s commitment to a two-state solution. It is highly unlikely that he will honor Obama’s wish without receiving a supplemental guarante
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 10: Frame PumpWheels on the bike go round and round 10: Frame Pump by Mike Jennett
I’m in Palm Springs. The ride begins in a few days and I still need a frame pump.I really only want the small rubber insert that fits in the end of my existing Blackburn pump but seven bike shops in a row haven't
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 9: HikingWheels on the bike go round and round 9: Hiking by Mike Jennett
Palm Springs: Went there. Hiked. Left.Ditto Joshua Tree: Hiking is like smoking; no good, second-hand.You have to be the one doing it to give a damn about how hard the day is, or how spectacular the
 Wheels on the bike go round and round 8: English GrilleWheels on the bike go round and round 8: English Grille by Mike Jennett
Obviously, my mind is not what it was, for I must have forgotten pertinent facts about the décor of drinking establishments in my homeland. Lyon’s English Grille, however, reminded me of all of them.Stained glass
 Christian Extremists Within the U.S. Military - Myth or Reality?Christian Extremists Within the U.S. Military - Myth or Reality? by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
 Release of Torture Memo Isn't EnoughRelease of Torture Memo Isn't Enough by Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Last month, when asked about the Obama administration’s plan to release more photos of terrorist detainee interrogations, Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, said, “I think that is a sick, anti-American behavior.” He
 A dangerous cover upA dangerous cover up by Thanos Kalamidas
While the Taleban gradually takes over Pakistan with the Allies NATO or not NATO watching, Barack Obama is thinking about photos that show things have changed only in theory and not in practice. The rest of us are thinking how many more hundred da
 Wheels on the bike go round and round: IntroductionWheels on the bike go round and round: Introduction by Mike Jennett
I’m going to ride my bicycle across America, from Los Angeles to Boston. Again. You might ask why. You’d not be alone if you did. Why would I want to pedal more than 3,400 miles in all winds
 Why the Angry Procession Toward Succession?Why the Angry Procession Toward Succession? by Leah Sellers
Should Texas (or any other American State, for that matter) secede from the Union of the United States?Why ask this question?During the Texas Tax Tea Parties this past April 15th, 2009, this question actually raise
 Washing the Hands: Obama and the Torture MemosWashing the Hands: Obama and the Torture Memos by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
 The American Mad Hatter's Tea Party!The American Mad Hatter's Tea Party! by Leah Sellers
“Whoop-whoop it up! We’ll put the iconic Boston Tea Party to shame and reclaimed memory! Dressed up as Native American Indians (or not)
 Who cares about Somalia?Who cares about Somalia? by Thanos Kalamidas
The problems in Somalia didn’t start with the pirates neither with the discovery that al-Qaeda had started creating bases there and become active because neither would have happened if Somalia had been more the centre of interest for the int
 The Strasbourg Speech: Change in EuropeThe Strasbourg Speech: Change in Europe by Alexandra Pereira
Barack Obama went to Strasbourg to give a speech to the French and German people in the audience.  A good sign, since it shows a sincere effort to engage in a productive and honest dialogue with Europe. We have our disagreements, but this dia
 Europeans' reticence and Obama's involvement with TurkeyEuropeans' reticence and Obama's involvement with Turkey by Thanos Kalamidas
With a few days difference the American president Barack Obama emphasized the necessity of Turkey to join the European Community and that naturally makes me wonder how he would feel and react if in their visit to the USA the French president or th
 Essay For a Post-Opus Dei United StatesEssay For a Post-Opus Dei United States by Alexandra Pereira
 US and Russian Presidents Meet: A Challenge to Cut the Number of Nuclear WeaponsUS and Russian Presidents Meet: A Challenge to Cut the Number of Nuclear Weapons by Rene Wadlow
The meeting in London on 2 April of Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev is placed under the sign of needed cooperation to deal with the world-wide financial and economic crisis. There is also a need to deal with a number of on-going tensio
 Negotiating with a blackmailerNegotiating with a blackmailer by Thanos Kalamidas
I suppose most of us know what happens with the blackmailer, he asks something in the beginning and when you obey he asks for more and then for more and  more and it seems that this is a never-ending story until something radical happens, whi
 Two birds with one hitTwo birds with one hit by Thanos Kalamidas
Today’s Russia has nothing to do with the Russia of Leonid Brezhnev or even with the Russia of Mikkail Gorbachev and this is a fact. However, at the same time, today’s Russia is not quite there yet… and by 'there' I mean
 Goodbye Baghdad, Hello Kabul: The US WithdrawalGoodbye Baghdad, Hello Kabul: The US Withdrawal by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
There was no gasp, merely a lingering sigh that came with the announcement that the vast bulk of US combat forces would be leaving Iraq by August 31, 2010, with the final departures taking place at the end of December 2011.  Before a gatherin
 The apologetic face and some European thoughtsThe apologetic face and some European thoughts by Thanos Kalamidas
I don’t think there has ever been an American president who came to power with so many hopes and had to make so many hard choices in his first month as Barack Obama. The only good news about the man is that people knew that this would happen
 Intentions are EverythingIntentions are Everything by Edna Nelson
Current President Obama has spoken in reverence about former President and signer of the Emancipation Proclamation Abraham Lincoln. For a man who is sometimes seen as the only promise of a positive future in the US, and an icon for black people ar
 But ...seriouslyBut ...seriously by Thanos Kalamidas
What is really going on in Washington? Weeks after all US politicians declared they are united and give their support to the new president of the USA, I have the feeling that the games began and these are real partisan games. The new president has
 Is There A Plumber In The House?!Is There A Plumber In The House?! by Leah Sellers
America’s political and social plumbing is clogged. America, and Americans, are groaning and moaning under the stresses and strains of dysfunctional Family (the Nation’s) partisan (Republican and Democratic) leadership.
 Liberty Is, As Liberty DoesLiberty Is, As Liberty Does by Leah Sellers
This week’s American Inauguration gave a Voice to the Soul-Song of Liberty.A Pragmatic Poetry Man, a Visionary Man of Ideals, Promise and Possibilities is entering the White House. A House primarily built by and maintain
 George W. Bush's legacyGeorge W. Bush's legacy by Thanos Kalamidas
Over the last few months all the news agencies, blogs and websites have been building up to the day Barack Obama will move in to the White House and George W. Bush will exit the global scene. And it is not only the media, the analysts, the reporte
 North American Indians: Part One - The ProliferationNorth American Indians: Part One - The Proliferation by Jack Wellman
At first, the rugged mountainous and forested realms of the great expanse of the North American Continent stood empty - the only indigenous game were the occupants and, in nearly all the continent, not so much as one human. With the continent l
 Goodbye President Bush!Goodbye President Bush! by Newropeans-Magazine
George W Bush, the 43rd president of the USA, gave his final conference to the White House press corps in which he made a rather robust defence of his eight-year legacy. Defiant at times, reflective and even funny at othe
 United States presidential inaugurationUnited States presidential inauguration by The Ovi Team
The swearing-in of the President of the United States occurs upon the commencement of a new term of a President of the United States. The United States Constitution mandates that the President make the following oath or affirmation before he or
 Guantanamo in Finland?Guantanamo in Finland? by Thanos Kalamidas
It was on the Finnish news a week ago but it really took me a week to swallow it and I have to admit that I still don’t get it. The news that hit the Finnish media was that Finland is not going to oppose asylum to Guantanamo detainees who ar
 Hate cannot drive out hateHate cannot drive out hate by Edna Nelson
The ultimate weakness of violenceis that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.Through vi
 Alaska Celebrates 50 Years of Statehood - A Personal ReflectionAlaska Celebrates 50 Years of Statehood - A Personal Reflection by Linda Lane
I remember it like it was just a few months ago - I was already 2 years old and my Mom, a second generation Alaskan - Dee Lane, and my Dad, a third generation Alaskan - Chic Lane, took my sister Lisa and I over the few blocks from our house on the
 The Pursuit of Life, Liberty, Happiness and HealthcareThe Pursuit of Life, Liberty, Happiness and Healthcare by Leah Sellers
I was asked to write a letter to Senator Ogden (by one of his staff members) explaining my thoughts about Workman's Comp and healthcare in general, which did not use any 'fancy' metaphors (as he is a man who sees things in black and white)
 Loss Creates Delirium in Post-ElectionLoss Creates Delirium in Post-Election by N. L. Wilbur
 It is a 10 sizeIt is a 10 size by Tahir Khan
The Iraqi journalist, Muntader al-Zaidi, 28, a correspondent for Al Baghdadia, stood up in front of Bush during a news conference in Iraq and shouted, "This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog!" Zaidi then threw
 A Sarah not to forgetA Sarah not to forget by Thanos Kalamidas
I know that you will say that I have a …certain annoyance with things, such as nuclear plants, and people, including Mugabe, but the other day while checking a lot of magazine's Persona Of The Year I started thinking about it quite a lot
 Rights Wronged or Wrongs Righted?Rights Wronged or Wrongs Righted? by Leah Sellers
What a Grand Experiment the United States of America has been - still is. Mix up the right Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Ethers and a Great New World snaps, crackles, pops and sparkles into Existence.We are a Nati
 Black FridayBlack Friday by Jack Wellman
I had always thought of Black Friday as the busiest shopping day of the year. In fact, the busiest shopping day is now reserved for the Saturday before or the day before Christmas, depending on when Christmas falls on the calendar. However, in thi
 Cry, 'Uncle'!Cry, 'Uncle'! by Leah Sellers
A Bully in a schoolyard pins a Child half his size down to the ground, pushing the breath out of the Child with his sweaty, leaden Bully's weight. With flailing arms and legs, the Child begs, "Get off of me! You're hurting me! Let me go! You
 Hillary againHillary again by Thanos Kalamidas
The reason I avoided writing anything about the rumors that wanted Hillary Clinton to be the new State Secretary of the Barack Obama administration is because it was just rumors. But when you see it even in the most serious news agencies you start
 The World With Its Eyes on AmericaThe World With Its Eyes on America by Alexandra Pereira
 G20: ET MOI, ET MOI, ET MOIG20: ET MOI, ET MOI, ET MOI by Europe & Us
Les Européens se bousculent au portillon pour assister au sommet du G20 du 15 novembre, à Washington, qui « doit être l’événement fondateur de la réforme du système financier international »
 Obama's Soul Song for AmericaObama's Soul Song for America by Leah Sellers
Halleluiah! “Morning has broken like the First Morning. Black Bird is singing like the First Bird....” A Soul Song of Liberty, Freedom, Justice and Opportunity for All! But most of all Hope - a Song of Hope and timely Transformation in
 Barack Obama: The hope becomes the 44th President of USABarack Obama: The hope becomes the 44th President of USA by Thanos Kalamidas
However cliché I might sound this time, there is no time for celebrations, Barack Obama won and the victory party must finish soon, the new president and the Democratic Party must roll up their sleeves and start working before being even swor
 Obama's Conspiracy of Hope: Now that he is President, the Hard Work BeginsObama's Conspiracy of Hope: Now that he is President, the Hard Work Begins by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
 Vote Obama & bring the wind of changeVote Obama & bring the wind of change by Thanos Kalamidas
The last few weeks with what has happened in the financial world, we have actually found out what was the essence of the Bush directive: Wait and it will be corrected alone. The amazing thing is that there are people who actually believed it and w
 A prank, a political trash and a lot of lawyersA prank, a political trash and a lot of lawyers by Thanos Kalamidas
"You know, I can see you as President one day," and she answers, "Maybe in eight years!" But he didn’t stop there, he told her that he loves hunting and she answers fast, "I think we could have a lot of fun together
 Our ObamaOur Obama by Gush Shalom
IT SEEMS at the moment, the incredible will happen: the most important "white" country in the world will elect a black president.143 years after the assassination of Abe Lincoln, the man who freed the slaves, and 40
 Elections Americaines: Vigilance TouteElections Americaines: Vigilance Toute by Europe & Us
A quelques jours du scrutin, le parti démocrate avance à pas feutrés. L’écart creusé par Barack Obama s’est certes consolidé sur la plan national et dans la majorité des «battleground states
 No We McCain't Part II: Maybe We McShouldNo We McCain't Part II: Maybe We McShould by N. L. Wilbur
I sat at a bar across the street from the University of New Mexico campus, waiting for my girlfriend to get off work and trying to wash down the rancid taste in my mouth left over from earlier in the day, when I witnessed Sen. John McCain bark lie
 The Road to Damascus: Attacking SyriaThe Road to Damascus: Attacking Syria by Dr. Binoy Kampmark
The Bush doctrine continues to live a charmed life less than a week before the US Presidential elections.  It has made sovereignty nigh redundant – attacks on the soil of Washington’s close ally Pakistan, and now, Syria.  The
 Mugabe and ObamaMugabe and Obama by Thanos Kalamidas
I have to admit that when I was writing that there will be no solution in Zimbabwe as long Mugabe is one of the negotiating parts and not in prison I was really wishing they would find a way out of this situation. Somehow I was wishing that the mo
 No We McCain't: Part INo We McCain't: Part I by N. L. Wilbur
I knew in my gut I was being lied to, conned, even manipulated into believing the campaign e-mail that offered free tickets to an event deceptively described as a political "rally."
 A Palin with a capeA Palin with a cape by Thanos Kalamidas
From the very beginning I had this weird feeling about Sarah Palin and with time I found out that more and more people had the same feeling all around the world. I know how weird this 'around the world' must sound for the American citiz
 Has a Titan Emerged in the US Presidential Elections?Has a Titan Emerged in the US Presidential Elections? by Newropeans-Magazine
My sister Holly and I have a fairly solid relationship although we have hardly lived under the same roof for decades! We certainly do not always think alike, nor do we expect to be clones of each other’s though
 King of the PlanetKing of the Planet by Gush Shalom
THE PRESIDENT of the United States is the king of this planet. I live on this planet. Therefore, the election of the President concerns me, too. Very much so.The President is not the sole ruler of the world. There are other ru
 Obamafied, Obamania, Obamamatopoeia and... suddenly Sarah!Obamafied, Obamania, Obamamatopoeia and... suddenly Sarah! by Saberi Roy
The US elections have until now seen many twists and turns and continue to remain one of the most interesting political shows in recent times with new tactics, new debates and new vocabulary. Obama’s rise has been meteoric since he was only
 A patchwork of mistakesA patchwork of mistakes by Thanos Kalamidas
For the next few days we are going to see a lot of photos with George W. Bush embracing Nicola Sarkozy, actually we are going to see the American president loving and kissing the old Europe just to put the last patch in the gigantic patchwork call
 A character issue!A character issue! by Thanos Kalamidas
Sometime in the next few hours on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, John McCain will face Barack Obama in their third and final debate. I suppose for the next couple of days hundreds of analysts and reporters will write a series of articles ab
 Internal promises of loveInternal promises of love by Thanos Kalamidas
I was amazed at how warm the references from the presidential candidates in USA and their running mates were to Israel during their debates. Actually in the debate between Palin and Baden they both gave internal promises of love to Israel, somethi
 The second debateThe second debate by Thanos Kalamidas
This time even I felt it, Barack Obama won the debate, the second one, and McCain looked to understand it and not like it at all! Actually watching the second debate I had the feeling that sometime McCain’s face with morph into Palin’s face wi
 777 - Turbo-Capitalism's Failure777 - Turbo-Capitalism's Failure by Luis Alves
Markets have inefficiencies, because of their inability to correct the negative externalities of industrial outputs (production) and industrial inputs (depletion of non-renewable resources). Failure to calculate the costs to nonparticipants in tra
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The Blaming Finger is swinging wildly around the four corners of the United States of America these days. Yes, that Accusatory, Wagging, Bony Finger - shakes it self in front of Every American’s Face with vim and vigor - indignation and ranc
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Of course I had to watch the only debate between the two hopeful vice-presidents, Palin and Baden, and as most of the people who did the same the reason for me to do so was the name 'Sarah Palin'. Ok, I have issues with this woman and my b
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The bursting of the US housing bubble and the high default rates on "subprime" and adjustable rate mortgages, marked the beginning of the subprime mortgage crisis (2005-2006).
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So what really happened with the American economy? Is Marx proved right nearly twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union and Leninism? Over-consuming and over-productivity are going to be the nemesis of the system that won the war or is Bush
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Not live. but waiting for a few hours until the news agencies put it online, I watched the first debate between the two candidates for the US presidency, John McCain and Barack Obama. I hope you don’t ask why did I watch it or, since I don
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A little of Fannie Mae this - and Freddie Mac that - and the Auto Industries needing an Overhauling and Modernizing at Someone else’s expense here - and the Banking Industries Holdings and Interests here, there and everywhere. And well paid
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The Bull has been running...only it’s been in the wrong direction. The federal government has been buying up “hundreds of billions of dollars of illiquid mortgage assets at a deep discount from banks”1. The financial markets h
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C’est un slogan qui en dit long sur le changement de ton de la campagne républicaine. Paradant désormais en caractère gras sur tous les écriteaux de campagne, la nouvelle formule de ralliement associée au ticket McCa
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It is said that Americans are the most schooled and least-educated nation on earth. This is a severe assessment when we reflect upon the fact that most of the best universities of our world are located in the USA, which graduate thousands of brigh
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The Technology Divide Most Muslims think, and quite justifiably, that the western world, especially the USA and Christian Europe, likes to keep them technologically backward, more like consumers than producers of technology. Their clai
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McCain, the Silver Maverick, has chosen an Iron Maverick to run as his vice-presidential partner in the last, but probably most poignant, leg of his presidential campaign.An Alaskan governor, an Annie Oakley of the far America
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These last few days I have tried to follow the tsunami of information coming about McCain’s running mate and I must admit most of this information has something of a tabloid taste, while I would definitely want to learn more about Obama
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Over the last few hours I have watched Barack Obama’s acceptance speech for his nomination from the Democratic Party to run for president of the USA in the party’s national convention in Denver. Actually, I watched it twice and I also
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Thanks to 9/11 and the merchants of war, the myth of "clash of civilization" between the technologically superior West and the technology-starved House of Islam (Ar. Dar al-Islam) has been getting much notoriety. So pervasive
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While the Russian troops have left Georgia on schedule, while the American administration is leading its relationship with Russia into a …cooler era with Condoleezza Rice, Ms. Frosty of the American foreign policy putting her cool touches, a
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Hillary Clinton said that she’s asking all the people who worked so hard for her to work now for Barack Obama and Obama himself said in answer …nothing! It's tough work to be a presidential contender, after all this time and all th
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Three days before the democratic convention is to take place in Colorado, the violent men who willingly murdered thousands of people from all over the world on American soil at the World Trade Center are finally being tried for their crimes. What
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In American life and politics everyone keeps talking about the left wing Liberals and the right wing Conservatives. Mid-wingers flutter somewhere and everywhere in between. In my experience, the Liberals are actually the Conservatives and the Cons
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For several months, the American Democratic Party has been prodding Mrs. Hillary Clinton in various forums and mediums "to quit the Race".The Democratic Party has decided to throw its super delegate (does this mea
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I can understand why many Americans are getting tired and discouraged from the long Iraqi war. On the website controversialforums.com, which addresses many of the most controvers
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So, who’s going to tell her that it’s over? If you are expecting me to do so, you are in deep trouble first of all because I live on the other side of the Atlantic and most importantly because I don’t have the right to vote in th
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September 11, 2001. The World Trade Center and thousands of lives in and around that national symbol of American/Global wealth, might and power, are destroyed, desecrated by judgmental, hate-filled religious and political fervor from without and w
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Every time there is something on the news about funny situations between America and the eastern front, Russia and her allies, I remember an old poem by the Greek poet Kavafis written more than a century ago. The title of the poem is “Waitin
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It sounds ironic that Syria is building a nuclear reactor, especially after finding out that North Korea is helping them. It’s coming as a bigger irony if you remember all the fuss about Saddam’s nuclear reactor and the WMD and the continuatio
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Reading the news I was wondering how many graves the people of Zimbabwe will find after Mugabe’s regime ends. I was wondering how many mothers cry this very minute for their missing sons and daughters and how many kids grieve for their paren
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I am an American - a teacher - an artist. So, why am I living in a tent in the woods?As a teacher, an idealist, I have struggled for many causes during my lifetime. I believe in standing up for and struggling for principals or situat
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American are not only changing jobs, changing locations, changing spouses, but they’re also changing religions on a regular basis.Luis E. Figo, Director of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 26 February 2008.
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Ms Rice said she saw a “coalescing of a centre in Iraqi politics” and that leaders of the various Iraqi factions were more united than ever.She arrived in the city a day after Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr threatened
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Here it is again… something about Barack Obama that makes me stop and think, ‘What did he say?’ This time it was all about the Beijing Olympic Games and his call for President George W. Bush not to go to China for the Opening Cer
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What happened at the last NATO summit in Romania is known and hundreds of pages have been written from experts and analysts. All of them agree on one thing, George W. Bush has failed in many senses, but most of all he has failed with his ten year
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I never pretended to be an expert on US politics and embarrassingly I have to admit that I learn a big deal on what’s going on in the White House and Capitol Hill from a television series called the “West Wing”. But I have to adm
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In 1871, Walt Whitman, the great poet of America, wrote, "We have frequently printed the word democracy, yet I cannot too often repeat that it is a word the real gist of which still sleeps, quite unawakened, notwithstanding the resonan
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America goes to the poll in November of this year to elect its president. While in recent weeks the list of candidates from the two major political parties has narrowed down significantly it is not yet clear as to which party will eventually captu
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Two US officials came to the centre of the news last week each for very different reasons. One is resigning, perhaps facing legal implications, and the other enjoys full protection from the party she represents and local authorities; what were the
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George Bush said that the US supported Kosovo's independence because his administration "believes it will bring peace." He may be the president of the most powerful country in the world, but he does not seem to know anything about c
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Somebody called her monster and she beat him unmercifully in Texas, then he won Wyoming and both went running towards Mississippi. In the meantime, staffers and followers are using names and descriptions, mails and posts to treat the other candida
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Watching what this American administration is doing internationally you have to think that the general attitude is …screw them! We are going to do whatever we like and let the next administration deal with the aftermath; after all, it is not
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En se prononçant en faveur d’Hillary Clinton ou de Barack Obama, John Edwards, candidat deux fois malheureux aux primaires démocrates aurait sans doute le pouvoir d’influer profondément sur l’issue du farouche duel
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Giving the youth of America an education with a corporate mentality is an accident waiting to happen. The process of educating young minds to think should have less to do with the bottom dollar and corporate driven national tests and educational
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So it is Thursday, Super Tuesday is behind us and John McCain feels comfortable and victorious, Barack Obama won in most States but Hillary Clinton got most delegates and the candidates’ circus has already moved to the next states of Louisia
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On February 7, 1964, a British invasion of another sort hit the United States, starting in New York. The nation’s and the world’s taste in music would be forever altered - changes so epic in social and
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When I was eleven I was asked by a family friend who is my favourite sports’ figure and to my answer Bobby Fisher he was surprised that I liked an English footballer, instead of a Greek one. It was the late-60s, in the middle of the Cold War
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This really is a significant opportunity for the rest of the world to knock on America’s door and try to open the eyes of the majority (or the more conscious part) of their citizens for an obvious reality: they were cheated too. You simply c
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While all the lights are on, Democrats Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama and Republican John McCain declares the old soldier’s heroic comeback, there is somebody missing: the 9-11 mayor Rudy Giuliani! The man has not shown up yet, even though
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Reading the news from Pakistan, I was amazed to find out that dictator-president Musharraf will replace his army hat with the classic Sherlock Holmes deerstalker hat, he will start smoking a pipe and occasionally will take cocaine - the original S
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On Monday morning December 10th, I woke early and turned the heater up just a bit. It was very cold and had been raining ice. My thoughts were focused on Christmas and I was a bit sad that one of my sons, who lives in South Dakota, and my only
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For many months, the two most asked questions raised in the US presidential elections were "Is America ready for a woman in the White House?“ and "Is America ready for an Afro-American in the White House?“. Somehow, the qu
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When I woke up and checked the news on Dec 16th, I realized that Turkey had bombed Iraqi Kurdistan. I became very sad and disappointed because of what we did by supporting the US from the first moment of their mission in Iraq until now.
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The Good Samaritan is a metaphor and story that warmly resonates within the hearts and minds of most Americans. What have I learned this past year about the concept of the Good Samaritan within our present Workman's Compensation system? That i
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I have heard of some strange laws and how many are still on the books or in effect. These various laws reflect a mental philosophy about the cultures and times in which they lived. These are the very reasons they were enacted. Some are obviously o
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Over the last year Iraq has managed to monopolize our interest. A war zone, a civil war, hundreds of innocent victims daily, bombs in the centre of the cities and behind all of that is a dead dictator and his regime,
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Je me souviens combien les médias français s'étaient pris un plaisir de dénigrer Angela Merkel quand à peine nommée Chancelière d'Allemagne elle s'était empressée d'aller serrer les m
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What does it mean when a fashion model refuses to be paid in US dollar but insists on being paid in Euros emphasizing that the US dollar is not a strong currency? To many probably nothing, but to bankers it raises a most likely huge, gigantic ques
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With increasing immigration inflows, several countries have ended up with “ethnic minorities”. While some voluntarily decide to exclude themselves from society, some try to integrate, yet fail.What “ethnic
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Kansas Territory was declared Indian Territory in 1825. This small area, purposed for hundreds of tribes from the east, had no forests, few animals and not much water. This was a disaster waiting to happen. Just after it was called Indian Territor
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During the 1700s and 1800s, the vast majority of Americans wanted Indians gone. Out of sight and out of mind. Alive or dead! And the ones with the power and ability to do something about it worked within all of their means to achieve this end. Par
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The Spanish had one of the earliest contacts with Native American Indians The Quiveran Plains Indians lived close to where Wichita, Kansas is now located in the central U.S. The Indians were mesmerized by Spanish missionary, Juan de Padilla. They
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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during her Russian visit showed concern about Russia’s situation, especially over human rights issues, and was worried about too much power concentrated within the Kremlin. Before we get to the Kremlin
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Benjamin Franklin once lobbied for the turkey as the national symbol for the United States. I am personally glad we went from a bird as prey to a bird of prey. Throughout American history, there seems to be some sign
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The truth is that you can avoid thinking that the king is totally isolated from reality when you read things like the latest from George W. Bush. His decision to nominate a new commander of the US military forces in the Middle East with his missio
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Dear readers,Last week I almost died.Well not quite, but I felt like it could happen and with every un-Godly passing of a car and cutting off of other drivers I said goodbye to my life. It was soon to be over.
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Barack Hussein Obama has a foreign-sounding name, so what? Oh yes, I forgot, we are living in the period of unbridled paranoia and frightening idiocy, which means that anything or anybody different from apple pie Ame
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I was browsing through the news when I noticed that China had launched a new missile that destroys satellites. So they successfully tested it with an old Chinese satellite 800 kilometers somewhere above the earth and then warned all the other spac
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Le Président George Bush s’est pour la deuxième fois adressé à la nation américaine. On savait que son discours portait sur les affaires intérieures, et il n'a donc soulev
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Media and organizations from all around the world are talking about global warming and the greenhouse phenomenon more and more lately. As amazing as it may sound, some of those voices belong to chief executives from some of the largest companies i
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Douglas Adams' book The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy has always been one of the books I like and my favorite part is the very beginning when the Earthman finds out that Doomsday is imminent! Howe
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Dear readers, My life is one big airport. I’m not kidding. As I write, I am awaiting what
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The Romans used to say that is not enough for the Caesar to be honest, but the wife of the Caesar must also be honest. I remembered that while reading the news that Spain has issued an international warrant for three US soldiers accused of causing
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As sequels go, this one has an extremely generous budget that shows no sign of making any money at the Box Office. It could go down as one of the biggest flops since Vietnam: The Movie, yet we are all quietly wondering whether the America
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There is no way to win an argument when the other side starts with the idea that you just oppose everything they say without suggesting anything. In this case either your opponent has never heard your argument or never cared to hear. In the case o
 Martin Luther King DayMartin Luther King Day by Jan Sand
Like any other organization based on faith in a basic set of principles, a nation has its panoply of saints. Unlike the very strict hierarchy of the Catholic Church, a nation usually has no formal procedure for designating people as fitting this e
 USA's Somalia offensiveUSA's Somalia offensive by Amin George Forji
The crisis in Somalia has now taken a new face, with the US military joining to track down suspected al Qaeda operatives. Heavily armed gunships from the US military base in Djibouti are said to have launched a series of military strikes on two vi
 Resolution on BurmaResolution on Burma by Amin George Forji
The USA has introduced a draft resolution before the UN on the crisis in Myanmar, also known as Burma, describing the situation there as deteriorating and a serious risk to regional peace. In the draft resolution, copies of wh
 State of liesState of lies by Bohdan Yuri
We have been living in a state of lies ever since Bush assumed the Presidency. Granted all administrations have lied at some level, but the trend in this administration has spread like a cancerous plague, leaving no one safe from the Republican vi
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #15Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #15 by Rob Jenkinson
Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls – It’s my great and intense pleasure to announce to you that Christmas is back in America!That’s right, the war against Christmas is over, but just like Iraq, there’s an
 Shift in American politicsShift in American politics by Thanos Kalamidas
So, what’s really going on in America? Is this the beginning of the end or a new era all together? When it comes to American politics we are looking at them from Europe, but there is more than an ocean separating us, This not only relates wi
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #14Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #14 by Rob Jenkinson
Dear readers, it’s dry.Now, I’m sure that at least some of you are in Finland and will be thinking, “So what? It’s dry in Finland, quit your incessant whining,” and I know what you’re talking about.
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #13Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #13 by Rob Jenkinson
Well folks, my time in Nashville’s suburbs has come to an end. I must admit that I didn’t think that I’d make it, but I did. Right now, I’m at Nashville airport waiting to see if I’ll make it
 A new chapterA new chapter by Amin George Forji
Even before he embraces the job, the American people, like President Bush, seem to be unanimous in the view that Robert Gates, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is the right person to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Sec
 "the day of the movie""the day of the movie" by Bohdan Yuri
towers on firecrimpling steel,sucked into the vortex of death.souls fallingdying one by oneand in bunches on each floor, left behind,the hollow walls of what once was.
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #12Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #12 by Rob Jenkinson
Well, readers, it has finally happened. I always knew it would at some point, but I chose not to believe it. I've heard many stories of it happening to other people and seen it happen with my own eyes, but, still, I di
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #11Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #11 by Rob Jenkinson
I don't know whether you have the Jack Daniels' billboard posters in Finland where they show off their workers in Lynchburg, Tennessee, living a simple life of making whiskey and little else.When I was living in London
 Cashing terrorCashing terror by Thanos Kalamidas
It is a fact that the Americans and the rest of the world will live with the nightmare of 9-11 for a long time, including all the changes and awareness it brought. It is true that a lot of people will cash in on thei
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #10Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #10 by Rob Jenkinson
Howdy Ovi readers! Those of you who read last week’s letter will remember that I was taking it upon myself to sway as many votes as humanly possible.
 Did the Republicans lose?Did the Republicans lose? by Thanos Kalamidas
Reading the headlines about the celebrations in the offices of the Democratic Party all around the USA, I was thrilled that they missed something: the Democratic Party didn’t win, George W. Bush lost. The Democrats have
 Another step closerAnother step closer by Amin George Forji
If there was candidate in this year's US mid-term elections whose popularity was put to the test, then it was Democratic Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of former president Bill Clinton. She was not only fig
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #9Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #9 by Rob Jenkinson
"Do you want to elect someone who employs PAEDOPHILES as a governor? A vote for Marsh is a vote for PAEDOPHILES!" This is not a real advert for the mid-term elections, but, depressingly, it is not too far from the truth.
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #8Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #8 by Rob Jenkinson
Hello there readers, so life has been very busy. I found out that I was staying in a particularly rough part of Brooklyn called "Bed-sty", it wasn't too bad, but past 22:00 it turned into a playgrou
 The case of Sibel Dinez EdmondsThe case of Sibel Dinez Edmonds by Ergo te Lina
Sibel Dinez Edmonds (born 1969 in Iran) is a Turkish-American former FBI translator and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC). Edmonds was fired from her position as a language specialist at the FBI's Washington Fie
 Reagan, Gorbachev and IcelandReagan, Gorbachev and Iceland by Thanos Kalamidas
Reykjavik, October 12th, 1986: "After the break, the president of USA Ronald Reagan said he had been sorry to keep the General Secretary of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev, waiting so long, but Gorbachev knew the tr
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #6Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #6 by Rob Jenkinson
It’s funny, some of the weirdest things get lost in translation over here. Being British and sharing a common language with America, you’d think that you wouldn’t run into too many problems. However, every now and again, you do.
 WheelbarrowsWheelbarrows by Jan Sand
Many parts of the world are engaged in terrible turmoil today, but the area of most violent action is unquestionably Iraq. And, unquestionably, the man most responsible for the conflict there is the President of the United States. People throughou
 Christ-mouse DayChrist-mouse Day by Asa Butcher
Today is the 35th anniversary of the opening of Magic Kingdom, the main part of the world's most famous theme park Walt Disney World. The Magic Kingdom attracted 16.2 million visitors in 2005, making the theme park the most visited in the w
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #5Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #5 by Rob Jenkinson
Have you seen the film Office Space, starring Jennifer Anniston and is written and directed by Mike “Beavis and Butthead” Judge? Well, if you haven’t, I suggest you rush out and buy a copy
 A game for the world's peaceA game for the world's peace by Thanos Kalamidas
In the Bad Boys' radio show we have a routine that includes international celebrations or events and while reading from the script I stopped at one date: Thursday 21st September, International Peace Day. I stoppe
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #4Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #4 by Rob Jenkinson
Before moving over here, I promised myself that I wouldn’t get into any political discussions as I knew I wouldn’t like the opinions of a lot of people here. It’s true, I don’t like the opinions of a lot of people; in fact,
 Iranian Déjà vuIranian Déjà vu by Thanos Kalamidas
Another month, another deadline, and in the end nobody will remember when the first deadline was. Every month the same story, gradually they will have to add a new meaning for the word 'déjà vu' in
 Transmogrification of junkTransmogrification of junk by Jan Sand
What we throw away is oftentimes more significant than what we keep. It has been noted that the skills in perception and storage, which defines humanity’s dominance over all other species are not attributed to
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #3Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #3 by Rob Jenkinson
Summer drags on in the US. You’d think that they would have the odd cold day just to mix it up a bit, wouldn’t you? But no. They have a storm here and there, but sadly when this happens it tends to rip the tops of people’s houses
 Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #2Rob Jenkinson's Letters from America #2 by Rob Jenkinson
Well summer is finally here in the Midwest USA. It took a couple of false starts, but we’re finally here. A few things have surprised me about the Am
 Tough being AmericanTough being American by Dustin A. Lane
It's tough being an American these days. Senator John Edwards (former Vice Presidential candidate) says he voted wrong in authorizing the war in Iraq and that we should pull out. Several other Senat
 Hating Bin LadenHating Bin Laden by Thanos Kalamidas
Over the past days and for a few more to come there are going to be a lot of articles commemorating the events of September 11th, 2001. The international answer to Bin Laden's attacks was an invasion of Afghanistan and the global result of tho
 Back in USSRBack in USSR by Thanos Kalamidas
I was reading in the news that the US government demands more data on the passports for European travelers to the USA and I just remembered the good old…USSR! They demanded more, actually, and because they were n
 H1-B: The elusive visaH1-B: The elusive visa by Jon Andrews
The economy of the United States is now being threatened by every emerging economy in the world. With India, Japan and Korea hot on the heels of the American dominated technology industry some are getting worri
 
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