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North Korea recalling home its slave labor in Russia

20,000 North Korean workers in Far East of Russia are being recalled home to help in military operations Vladnews agency, based in Vladivostok, reported that North Korean workers had left the town of Nakhodka en masse shortly after the escalation of tension on the Korean peninsula earlier this week "Traders have left the kiosks and markets, workers have abandoned building sites, and North Korean secret service employees working in the region have joined them and left," the agency report

Political Scientist says American voters are politically stupid - something the rest of the world is fully aware of

Political reporters often rely on University of Wisconsin political scientist Charles Franklin for expertise In just the past few months, his insights have appeared in articles in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, Politico, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and many other publications He's also a co-founder of the influential website Pollstercom, as well as co-director of the Big Ten Battleground Poll So Franklin answered with considerable au

Sixty percent of countries will be bankrupt by 2060

That seems a long way off, but 1950, wasn't than long ago, an outcome of the economic chaos will make war a tempting option If you can't pay your lenders than kill them Some sixty percent of the world's economies will be so in debt by 2060 that their debt will be downgraded to "junk" status, effectively bankrupting the countries, says a report from Standard & Poor's ratings agency, which also warns that attempts to deal with the problem could cause social instability The rep

'Unsinkable' fishing trawler mysteriously sinks in 15 minutes in calm seas

The operator of a fishing ship is "shell-shocked" after three crew died and another three disappeared and are presumed dead in waters off New Zealand Christchurch-based Southern Storm Fishing says the 38-year-old Korean vessel Oyang 70, which sank in calm conditions 400 nautical miles east of Dunedin about 440am yesterday, was safe and fit to be at sea The fishing industry says it is struggling to understand how a big factory ship sank in relatively calm conditions in the Southern O

Another China milk scandal erupts - hormones in baby milk cause babies to grow breasts

Female babies in China have grown breasts after they were given milk laced with hormones The horrifying scenes have caused uproar among parents in central China, who fear that the milk powder they used had led to the premature developments The official China Daily newspaper reported today that medical tests indicated that the level of hormones in three 'test case' girls, ranging in age from four months to 15 months, exceeded those found in the average adult woman All the babies who show

Armed hostage taker shot by female negotiator in China - video

Apparently this video shows a hostage situation with a man holding a girl hostage in a doorway The negotiator, a woman eventually takes her chance and shoots him at close range The hostage escaped unharmed [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/SsPaqWTLUN4&hl=en_GB&fs=1rel=0[/flash] Here is the same scene from another angle [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/WIlT5y6baps&hl=en_GB&fs=1rel=0[/flash]

What the US can learn from Byzantium - where politics are better than force

Byzantium, a nation with Constantinople , modern Istanbul, as its capital city, was so well known for its complicated politics and schemes that it became a byword of political machinations it was a weak nation that survived by expertly avoiding war and pitting its enemies against each other Such techniques are needed in our world, where force itself only creates more problems, and eventually is futile This fascinating article gives some pointers as to why Byzantium was so successful for

Jon Stewart's history lesson on US oil dependence: "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me

Jon Stewart teaches a history lesson on oil dependence The US drive for fuel independence has not just appeared during this administration The last 8 presidents all espoused the same views and the same agenda Watch this excellent video from Jon Stewart as he highlights the disjoint between words and action for the last 40 years [flash=600x400]http://mediamtvnservicescom/mgid:cms:item:comedycentralcom:312470[/flash]

Spy may have given North Korea battle plans from South Korea and the US

Top military secrets, including a US-South Korea war plan to counter a North Korean invasion, may have been given to Pyongyang by a South Korean Army major general spy Talk about bad timing in the light of the recent hostilities The major general, only identified as Kim, was being questioned by military authorities on charges of providing top confidential information to North Korea The Defense Security Command asked the military’s General Court Martial to issue a detention warrant agai

Pirates captured by Russians all mysteriously died

Unencumbered by the PC hangups of the West, 10 captured pirates who tried to take a Russian oil tanker, have all mysteriously died, officially perished at sea On there way back home, their boat may have experienced a large, explosive leak and quickly sank Odd that Ten suspected Somali pirates captured by the Russian navy last week may have perished after their release, a defence source in Moscow has told reporters Marines seized them during a dramatic operation to free a hijacked Ru

Pictures of Mohammed were commonly created by ... Muslims

The demand that no images of Mohammed are allowed is mostly a recent invention Medieval Muslim artists often created paintings and illuminated manuscripts depicting Mohammed in full Several examples are presented on the site below Other artists of the era drew Mohammed, but left his face blank so as to technically comply with a sporadically enforced Islamic ban on depicting the Prophet; these faceless images are shown in the second section of the Archive In 1999, Islamic art expert

Obama forces US hospitals to allow patients to be visited by non family visitors

President Barack Obama signed a memorandum Thursday requiring hospitals to allow non-family visitors and allowing their partners medical power of attorney Its shocking that in one of the most advanced societies in the world, in the 21st century, that such barbaric laws have continued until hospitals were forced to stop the practice That Obama had to legislate for such a basic human right for a sick or dying person is not something for the country to be proud of The memorandum orders the D

What is the purpose behind the Republican scare tactics? Its business as usual for the last 40 years

The fear and anxiety that the Republicans have been whipping up since the election are nothing new Its a political tactic that they developed and used every time they are in opposition They are following a playbook that has evolved over more than four decades, to regain power by sabotaging Democratic presidents These tactics were also used in shaping Southern American countries by the CIA and military Its nothing new, its just that we don't expect to see the participants in it happenin

North Korea executes economist who devalued the currency

North Korea has executed a ruling party official blamed for a botched currency reform, in a desperate attempt to quell public unrest and stem negative impact on Pyongyang's power succession, a news report said on Thursday I think a few executions would have gone a long way to fixing the world financial crisis The execution by firing squad in Pyongyang last week of Pak Nam-ki, Labour Party chief for planned economy, was for the crime of "[b]a son of a bourgeois conspiring to infiltrat

Yet again Japan follows its stomach and demands the right to eat threatened species

Bluefin tuna is a highly valued fish worth up to $200-$300 per kg but stocks have depleted rapidly It is particularly sought-after in Japan, where a single fish can fetch as much a $100,000 So the Japanese desire to continue eating it is just as much financial as it is dietary "If worse comes to worst, Japan will have no choice but to lodge its reservations," Senior Vice Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Masahiko Yamada, was quoted as saying by Kyodo news agency Some
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