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Jordan - the next state to fall to Islamic Fundamentalists?

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has given King Abdullah II notice that he has until October to bow to their demand to transform the Hashemite Kingdom into a constitutional monarchy or face Arab Spring street pressure for his abdication Israeli and Saudi intelligence watchers are becoming increasingly concerned about the approaching climax of the conflict in Amman between Islamists and the throne For Israel, an upheaval in Jordan bodes the tightening of the Islamist noose around its borders –

The talibanization of America - GOP want to ban critical thinking skills from education

Apparently the Republican party in Texas are officially against the teaching of critical thinking in schools as it "undermines parental authority" [quote]"Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills HOTS values clarification, critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education OBE mastery learning which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs

Faceboook will disappear in 5 to 8 years

Facebook will lose dominance as a major web company in less than a decade, Eric Jackson, founder of Ironfire Capital said Monday [quote]In five to eight years they are going to disappear in the way that Yahoo has disappeared Yahoo is still making money, it's still profitable, still has 13,000 employees working for it, but it's 10 percent of the value that it was at the height of 2000 For all intents and purposes, it's disappeared[/quote] The world is moving faster, it's getting mor

Meanwhile in another world - Principal in trouble after Palestinian students dance with Israelis

Ramallah: Mohammad Abu Samra, the youngest known school principal in the history of Palestinian Territories, paid a huge price for dancing and allowing his pupils to dance with Israelis on the Jafa beach The 33-year-old Mohammad Abu Samra, principal of Al Salam Secondary School in the city of Qalqiliya, north of West Bank, was transferred after he organised a picnic for 45 pupils of grade 11 and 12 to the Jafa beach in Israel The pupils are now up in arms against the Ministry of Educati

The power of self delusion - Greece thinks its the most hardworking country, everyone else thinks the opposite.

An interesting study of EU attitudes to each other has revealed just how polarized opinions on each others countries can be Germany is the most admired nation in the EU and its leader the most respected The Germans are judged to be Europe’s most hardworking people And the Germans are the strongest supporters of both European economic integration and the European Union Greece is the polar opposite None of its fellow EU members surveyed see it in a positive light In turn, Greeks are

North Koreans are shorter than South Koreans showing the dramatic effect of poor nutrition

Professor Daniel Schwekendiek from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul has studied the heights of North Korean refugees measured when they crossed the border into South Korea He says North Korean men are, on average, between 3 - 8cm 12 - 31in shorter than their South Korean counterparts A difference is also obvious between North and South Korean children Schwekendiek points out that the height difference cannot be attributed to genetics, because the two populations are the same [quote]The

North Korea threatens to blow up Seoul after South Korea tells some home truths

North Korea demanded South Korea Thursday to offer an apology over the alleged defamation of Pyongyang's milestone festival, a day after its military threatened to blow up Seoul The latest harsh rhetoric comes amid tensions following the North's failed rocket launch last week The UN Security Council has condemned the launch and called on member states to find ways to tighten sanctions on the communist country The North Korean government accused South Korea of insulting the North

Mugabe dying of prostate cancer in Singapore hospital

From the 'It couldn't happen to a nicer guy' file Robert Mugabe was yesterday said to be fighting for his life in a Singapore hospital with an undisclosed illness, amid reports he had agreed to hand over power to his feared Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa The Zimbabwe Mail, quoting a senior official of Mugabe's ZANU-PF party, said the President was undergoing intensive treatment in Singapore and that some members of his family had joined him after boarding a chartered private jet o

Born in a North Korean Prison camp one man excaped to freedom

His first memory is an execution He walked with his mother to a wheat field, where guards had rounded up several thousand prisoners The boy crawled between legs to the front row, where he saw guards tying a man to a wooden pole Shin In Geun was four years old, too young to understand the speech that came before that killing At dozens of executions in years to come, he would listen to a guard telling the crowd that the prisoner about to die had been offered "redemption" through hard lab

New Zealand a small insignificant country of no strategic importance - STRATFOR

Being small and insignificant is a wonderful way to be in a world where any strategic importance sees a country as a battlefield by proxy between the major powers At least everyone leaves us in peace to close down our military and turn our navy into unarmed rescue vessels We can't even raise 2 battalions of soldiers Diplomacy is a brutal and two-faced business Public diplomatic statements are bland and fatuous, but in private the talk is fierce WikiLeaks' latest hoard of leaked emails

The world faces one of the most dangerous periods of modern history - a period of evil - George Soros

24 January 12 By John Arlidge, Newsweek You know George Soros He's the investor's investor - the man who still holds the record for making more money in a single day's trading than anyone He pocketed $1 billion betting against the British pound on "Black Wednesday" in 1992, when sterling lost 20 percent of its value in less than 24 hours and crashed out of the European exchange-rate mechanism No wonder Brits call him, with a mix of awe and annoyance, "the man who broke the Bank of E

Doonesbury prophecy from 1984 predicting the rule of Newt Gingrich? - image

Like the Mayan prophecy for the end of the world is this Doonesbury cartoon backing it up Who is Adlai Stevenson, here is a bio http://enwikipediaorg/wiki/Adlai_Stevenson

John McCain endorses President Obama at 2012 rally - video

At a Mitt Romney rally on January 5th 2012 in South Carolina Sen John McCain took the stage to endorse the presidential candidate he believes can “turn this country around”: President Obama “I believe in America I believe our best days are ahead of us,” McCain continued, apparently not realizing that he hadn’t said “Mitt Romney” Romney realized it, though, and moved to take the mic from the senator, who finally corrected himself, saying “Excuse me President … President Romney will t

Patriot missiles found on China bound ship labelled as fireworks

The Finnish authorities have impounded an Isle of Man-flagged ship bound for China with undeclared missiles and explosives, officials say Police are questioning the crew of the MS Thor Liberty after what were described as 69 Patriot anti-missile missiles were found aboard Interior Minister Paivi Rasanen said the missiles were marked "fireworks" The MS Thor Liberty had docked in the Finnish port of Kotka after leaving Germany last week Dock workers became suspicious after finding explos

Two men in one body - Mitt Romney wants to be President - video

How on earth can anyone imagine this person as the leader of the most powerful nation in the world when he shows a total inability to stand on any principles, seemed swayed by a desire to please everyone and is unaware just how bad he looks to others Imagine someone like this when it comes to decisions of state, international treaties and military matters [flash=640x360]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/K9njHHyRI7g[/flash]
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