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Nuclear Monopoly

over 4 years ago

The rise of middle power states with nuclear ambitions like Iran, Brazil and Turkey must be tolerated if the West hopes to maintain a credible non-proliferation regime, says a former CIA chief.


Nature v. Nuture

over 4 years ago

"More than 60 percent of U.S. cancer deaths are caused by smoking and diet. But what about the rest?" asks Scientific American. New studies are seeking the environmental causes of cancer.

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over 4 years ago

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over 4 years ago

By Richard Hollis (aka Ritchie) The most magical Christmas I can remember happened when I was, maybe, 12 or 13. It had certainly been many years since I had believed in Santa, and in all honesty I don't actually remember ever sincerely believing in him at all. Maybe it was something to do ...

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Idealism, Blumenthal and the Media

over 4 years ago

Much is being made about Richard Blumenthal’s Senate race because of a New York Times article published last Monday which accuses Blumenthal of lying about his military record: claiming on camera that he had served in Vietnam when in fact he had not. Blumenthal was a member of the Marine Corp ...


Commie Picasso

over 4 years ago

Attempts to demonstrate Picasso's communist ties through his art are unnecessary since the painter was overt about his politics, writes the Guardian, and doing so limits the scope of his works.