Iran Building Rocket Bases in Venezuela

German paper Die Welt says Iranians paid cash to build mid-range missile launch pads on Paraguana Peninsula; Iranian engineers visited site in Feb. BERLIN – The Iranian government is moving forward with the construction of rocket launch bases in Venezuela, the German daily Die Welt wrote in its Thursday edition. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is […]

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Denmark Deals Another Blow to Borderless Europe

Denmark’s partial reinstatement of border controls on the crossing from Germany and Sweden (by bridge) have probably disturbed the European commission more than the similar restrictions that France imposed on its border with Italy following the unrest in North Africa. In the French case, one could define the issue as a temporary emergency and even, […]

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On Education, Obama Says One Thing But Does Another

Earlier today, President Obama delivered a commencement speech to students graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Booker T. Washington high school won the president’s Race to the Top Commencement Challenge, designed to have high schools demonstrate their commitment to college readiness as part of a competition to have President Obama speak […]

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Obama Raids Pensions

The Obama administration will begin to tap federal retiree programs to help fund operations after the government lost its ability Monday to borrow more money from the public, adding urgency to efforts in Washington to fashion a compromise over the debt. (Bloomberg) — Lee Sachs, chief executive officer for AlliancePartners and former assistant U.S. Treasury […]

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Second Westerner Claims Torture in Dubai

A United States citizen has alleged that police in Dubai tortured him, just one month after a British tourist died in prison in Dubai, apparently due to a severe beating. The American man, 30-year-old Adam Foster, admitted to stealing police handcuffs but said his confession was extracted by force. Foster spoke to CNN from Dubai, […]

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USA Hits Debt Ceiling

The U.S. government is expected to hit the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, setting in motion an uncertain, 11-week political scramble to avoid a default. The Treasury Department plans to announce Monday it will stop issuing and reinvesting government securities in certain government pension plans, part of a series of steps designed to delay a […]

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