Obama Cuts Pro-Democracy Funds for Iran

By: Kenneth R. Timmerman The Obama administration has cut funding for pro-democracy and human rights programs in Iran, reversing years of efforts during the Bush administration to help develop a civil society, congressional sources told Newsmax this week. The move is apparently intended to please Iran’s rulers after they criticized President Obama and the State […]

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Venezuela seizes a landmark Hilton Hotel

President Hugo Chavez has ordered the “acquisition by force” of a landmark Hilton Hotel on Venezuela’s Margarita island, the government’s Official Gazette announced Tuesday. The facility, on the Caribbean resort island of Margarita in Nueva Esparta state, was targeted for state takeover less than a month after it was used to host the Africa-South America […]

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Dollar facing ‘power-shift’: analysts

The dollar’s position as the world’s leading reserve currency faces increased pressure as the financial crisis allows emerging economies greater influence on the world stage, analysts said. A report last week in The Independent claiming that China, Russia and Gulf States are among nations prepared to ditch the dollar for oil trades has heightened the […]

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Barack Obama’s Top 10 unfulfilled pledges

by Toby Harnden in Washington PolitiFact, a political accountability project run by Florida’s St Petersburg Times, has formulated an “Obamameter” gauge that registers seven broken promises, a dozen stalled initiatives and 117 pet projects still “in the works”. Here is the top 10 list of most glaring examples of Mr Obama falling short in key […]

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Air passengers face full body X-rays after Muslim bombers hide devices INSIDE their bodies

By David Gardner Air travellers could face even more intrusive security checks amid fears that Al Qaeda as well as other Muslim groups are planning a terror campaigns using suicide bombers carrying explosives hidden in their bodies. The body bomb threat was revealed after the tactic was used in an assassination attempt on a Saudi […]

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