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New Online Graphic Novel Tells the World of Iranian Protests

A new online graphic novel comic book has been circulating the web telling the story of the Iranian election protests.  Persepolis 2.0 gives a day-by-day account of the events between June 12-21.  With resounding statements like – “Today we will fight for our rights,” “Tehran is burning,” and “Where is my vote?” – the content […]

U.S. and Russia Promise to Reduce Nuclear Weapons

On Monday, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev met at the Kremlin in Moscow and each promised to reduce nuclear arms in their respective nations. Obama expressed that the two countries must take a leadership position in the reduction of nuclear weapons.  “It is very difficult for us to exert that leadership unless […]

Two Americans Sentenced to 12 Years in North Korea

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Two American reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, were sentenced today to 12 years in a labor prison in North Korea.  The two young journalists were reporting on the trafficking of women when they were arrested by North Korean officials on the North Korean-Chinese border. The reporters were working for Al Gore’s California-based Current TV.  […]

Pres. to Speak in Egypt About U.S.-Muslim Relations

JUNE 2, 2009 – The president plans on travelling to Cairo, Egypt to make a speech to the Muslim world about U.S.-Muslim relations. For the record, I don’t think this is a terrible idea. In fact, I think it’s a healthy move for international and inter-religious dialogue as well as a savvy political strategy for […]

North Korea Denounces Peace Treaty with US and South Korea

MAY 29, 2009 – The US military’s security awareness has been on full alert since Thursday when North Korea renounced the treaty keeping peace between North and South Korea since the end of the Korean Conflict in 1953. Leading up to the renouncement, North Korea displayed military prowess with recent underground nuclear testing and short-range […]

UN: Cultural Uniqueness to Combat Indigenous Poverty

The “diversity of poverty” should be recognized in efforts to meet the needs of indigenous people, whose distinctiveness should be also used as an asset to catalyse their economic development, Jean-Philippe Audinet, Director of the Policy Division at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), told the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today as delegates […]

Floridian Makes Large Impact in El Salvador

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2009 – Peace Corps Volunteer Patricia Hernandez of Key Biscayne, Florida, is making a difference in rural El Salvador through a vocational training initiative that teaches local women how to sew and tailor clothes. Equipped with fabric, rulers, buttons, and thread, 21 women from a town heavily impacted by El Salvador’s […]

US State Department: Adding and Dropping Terrorists

On April 22, 2009, the Secretary of State designated Revolutionary Struggle (RS) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended (INA). RS is a Greek terrorist organization responsible for numerous terrorist acts against Greek, U.S., and other targets since 2003, including the 2007 RPG attack on […]

Observations from Observatory: Individuality from the US to Cape Town

CAPE TOWN – The United States emphasizes the individuality of people. The underlying ideals behind the political and economic systems of democracy and capitalism are that each individual has the opportunity to express his or her own beliefs on how the state should be run and to be able to delve into whatever professional venture […]

Secrets to Make Your Teeth Rattle

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ORMOND BEACH, March 3, 2009 – What rattles your teeth?  Today’s Wall Street Journal in “Deficits Matter But the Result Is What Counts” piece on page C1 reports that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner must testify to Congress on budget deficits today.  It says “Released last week, Mr. Obama’s budget document projects a teeth-rattling deficit of […]