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Top 10 ways to help Haiti

If you can give, here’s how The Haiti earthquake has proven to be a great disaster. Many organizations are sending cash advances and other forms of aid to help the Haitian people. I certainly don’t want to take credit for the following info, but I feel it is it is worth bringing to the attention
Benjamin Netanyahu

Diplomats react differently to WikiLeaks and Cablegate

The reaction to WikiLeaks release of secret diplomatic cables, or “Cablegate” as it is being called, has had mixed reactions. Some foreign officials are condemning the release in the strongest terms possible, while others have expressed vindication. Others are laughing it off. Mixed reactions to WikiLeaks and ‘Cablegate’ Putting aside that the term “Cablegate” furthers
Cover of a Korean graphic novel about Barack Obama.

Obama wants KORUS, a NAFTA-style Korea free trade agreement

In a recent act he called cementing a “strong alliance with South Korea,” President Obama signed the Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). While the president lauded the agreement on a variety of fronts, FireDogLake.com founder Jane Hamsher writes in a Huffington Post piece that KORUS amounts to an exchange of 159,000 American jobs lost for
Gallons of milk on a supermarket shelf.

Libyan crisis inflates fuel and food prices, says UN

As a result of the crisis in Libya, the already high food prices worldwide will likely be pushed even higher, reports CNN Money. A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization indicates that the food price index, which measures the price of a basket of food commodities, was up 2.2 percent in February.
A Noose

UK election results in a hung parliament

The UK election has indeed resulted in a hung parliament, which a lot of people were worried about.  While the term itself may avail itself to juvenile humor, a hung parliament is actually not that funny.  The last hung parliament (as a result of a General Election) occurred in 1974, and had to be resolved
Sea World trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a killer whale.

When Sea World strikes back! Dawn Brancheau tragedy revisited

Last month was a solemn one for Sea World and the nation. Whenever humans put their trust and faith in a wild animal, certain risks need careful consideration. Dawn Brancheau was an excellent trainer of marine animals who paid the ultimate price. It’s not clear whether Dawn let complacency skew her view of danger when
Front view of a Chinese one yuan note. The late Communist leader Mao Tse Tung is depicted on the currency.

Global yuan exchange under way for first time in history

China has played its hand very close to the vest when it comes to controlling its currency, but as the Wall Street Journal reports, the time has come to spread the wealth. The yuan, which Beijing once prohibited from being bought or sold outside China’s borders, has been released into global currency trading for the
Nuclear plant

Meltdown in Japan and budget cuts endanger cheaper electricity

The failing nuclear power station in Japan could be triggering a new era of nuclear paranoia. Incidents involving nuclear power plants and Congressional budget cuts make any new growth of the nuclear power industry unlikely. Nuclear energy can deliver a lot of electricity for less than other methods of power generation. Japan nuclear reactor crisis
Nescafe

Gadhafi speech blames unrest on drugs and Bin Laden

In a recent Moammar Gadhafi speech addressing unrest in Libya, the North African dictator blamed the Libya protests on odd factors. Gadhafi claimed that unrest was caused by insurgents sent by Osama bin Laden and by the influence of hallucinogenic drugs.  Gadhafi’s regime is quickly losing control of Libya. Teenagers drinking spiked Nescafe blamed for
Photo of a Ryanair plane

Ryanair faces mutiny after unexpected fee hits passengers

Ryanair is an Irish airline that ends up in international media relatively regularly. Once again, the airline is in the headlines. One flight got delayed by more than three hours late last week when more than 100 students simply refused to comply with staff directions. In Spain, Ryanair is facing judges that are ruling their
Swine Flu

Swine flu making a comeback in Britain

The influenza strain referred to as the swine flu is starting to make a resurgence, especially in Great Britain. The swine flu, or Influenza H1N1, is a strain of the common flu virus that was tipped as the next great killer epidemic. There have been deaths from the virus, but fewer than anticipated. British Isles
Tropical Beach at sunset

The first day of summer 2010 is also Fathers Day 2010

The days in the Northern hemisphere start getting a little longer after winter ends, and eventually summer comes.  The first day of summer is typically tied to the summer solstice, though it can be calculated differently, depending on where you live.  (Some countries determine it by average temperature, not by date.)  The first day of
Plane Crash

Libyan plane crash leaves one survivor

A flight from Johannesburg has crashed near Tripoli, and there is only one survivor left from the Libyan plane crash. The plane, an Airbus A330-200, was carrying 104 passengers.  There were reported to be foggy conditions, but the cause of the crash is yet to be determined. Foul play is not suspected, but rest assured
Julian Assange

Amazon removes WikiLeaks website from servers

The Amazon company has pulled WikiLeaks from Amazon servers. After denial of service attacks began hitting WikiLeaks, the website moved to Amazon Web Services, which provides self-service web hosting. Amazon decided that it wanted no part in what WikiLeaks is doing. WikiLeaks off Amazon servers in protest WikiLeaks, after its “Cablegate” series, was subject to
A vehicle riddle with bullet holes, courtesy of a Los Zetas attack.

Rodolfo Torre slaying puts spotlight on peso, border security

The recent assassination of popular Mexican gubernatorial candidate Rodolfo Torre has proven once more that the northeast Mexican state of Tamaulipas is not only a flash point in Mexico’s drug war, but of great concern in the ongoing battle for U.S. border security. Reuters reports that Torre – an opposition candidate representing the Institutional Revolutionary
Titi Monkey

Man tries to smuggle Titi monkeys through Mexico City airport

In the airport in Mexico City, a man was discovered with 18 Titi monkeys strapped to his waist. These monkeys, much like many other endangered species, are traded on the black market for high profit margins. Police in the Mexico City International Airport discovered the Titi monkeys and arrested the smuggler. Had Roberto Zavaleta Sol
Tarmac

Vision Airlines | US Government flies Russian spies in style

During the US-Russia spy swap this morning, the U.S. was represented not by a military plane, but by Vision Airlines. A private charter company out of Las Vegas, Vision Airlines usually transports vacationers. Some are questioning the use of a private charter company for government business. Vision Airlines swaps spies In a moment that looked