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Will Saudi Arabia Ever Change? by Hugh Eakin The New York Review of Books

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Friday, December 28, 2012
Category: World

From www.nybooks.com

Mindful of the political awakening sweeping through the region, the king has shown a degree of support for uprisings elsewhere, from arming the rebels in Syria to reconciling with the new Islamist leadership in Egypt.

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As Gold Is Spirited Out of Afghanistan, Officials Wonder Why - NYTimes.com

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Category: World

From www.nytimes.com

Packed into hand luggage and tucked into jacket pockets, roughly hewed bars of gold are being flown out of Kabul with increasing regularity, confounding Afghan and American officials who fear money launderers have found a new way to spirit funds from the country.

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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of Europe′s only Buddhist republic, talks to Tom Parfitt World news The Guardian

Friday, December 21, 2012
Category: World

From www.guardian.co.uk

Kalmykia is the only Buddhist region in Europe, populated by 320,000 people who are mostly descendants of the Golden Horde that never returned home after the Mongol Khans retreated from Russia. On becoming its leader, Ilyumzhinov - who was the republic′s chess champion at 15 - abolished its parliament and installed an authoritarian regime, promising to introduce "economic dictatorship".

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A Bit of the Confederacy Survives in the Deep, Deep South

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Category: World

From www.csmonitor.com

Each year, Brazilian descendants of Confederate veterans, who sought refuge in this tropical nation nearly 130 years ago, gather to celebrate their American roots. ′′We have a tradition that we don′t want to see die out,′′ says Thomas Steagall, whose great-great-grandfather served under General Lee.

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Book Translates American Minutiae for Russians - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Category: World

From www.nytimes.com

Russians are making a surprise hit out of a book that explains the minutiae of life in the United States, including the phenomenon of teenage baby sitters and unfortunate aversions to vodka.

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The sick man of Africa » The Spectator

Monday, December 10, 2012
Category: World

From www.spectator.co.uk

The rest of Africa is now doing better. More and more Africans have a better life than they did ten or 20 years ago. The wars are diminishing in number and ferocity; trade and investment, led by China, have revived its economies so that 11 of the world’s fastest growing economies are African.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Why asteroid mining is necessary MINING.com

Monday, December 10, 2012
Category: World

From www.mining.com

Without any new technological advances, metals like zinc and gold are expected to run out in 100 years.

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Methane: Good Gas, Bad Gas - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Category: World

From ngm.nationalgeographic.com

A lot of methane is being burned these days. In the past decade the technology called hydraulic fracturing, “fracking” for short, has enabled drillers in the United States to extract natural gas from deeply buried shales they couldn’t tap before.

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America, Israel, Gaza, the World Via Meadia

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Category: World

From blogs.the-american-interest.com

An endless war of limited intensity is worse, many Americans instinctively feel, than a time-limited war of unlimited ferocity. A crushing blow that brings an end to the war—like General Sherman’s march of destruction through the Confederacy in 1864-65—is ultimately kinder even to the vanquished than an endless state of desultory war.

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