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As I Please

The Return of the English Elm

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over 4 years ago

During the summers of 1970s, the English countryside would in parts turn to autumn. Across the fields from my school, mighty trees yellowed and browned and the leaves would fall off. The skeletons that emerged were all that remained of the English Elm, wiped out by a fungus-carrying beetle that had ...

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How to Buy an Election

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over 4 years ago

Lord Michael Ashcroft is a Conservative Peer who does not pay any income tax on his foreign earnings. He is more usually described as a “Belize-based businessman”; Belize may not be one of the better known tax havens, but he has companies based in others that are, most notably the Cayman Islands. I ...

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Cult Tendencies

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over 4 years ago

More and more members have been leaving The Church of Scientology lately, claiming the organization hides the abuse it perpetrates against many of its non-celebrity members. "Fifty-six years after its founding by the science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986, the church is fighting off ...

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"The Good Doctors"

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With most earthquake victims now treated, foreign doctors are attending Haitians' normal health problems leaving questions about what will happen to the country's health infrastructure after their departure. 'The line of patients at this city's battered General Hospital forms early. The sick come to ...

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Iraq Election

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Voting places have opened the second parliamentary election in Iraq since the invasion amidst usual levels of violence, large security forces and many international monitors. "Despite extra security measures to prevent violence, at least 17 people died in two separate blasts in Baghdad. The border ...

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International Women's Day

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Women's groups are making their voices heard this weekend as Monday marks the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. How far has the movement come to achieving its goals? "It was in a dingy socialist meeting hall a century ago in Copenhagen that women from 17 countries gathered and launched ...

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Run Off Voting

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After expanding the best picture category to ten films, the Academy is using an instant run-off voting system where members rank their favorite films; politicians, take note. "Oscar oddsmakers have 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Avatar' in a virtual dead heat for best picture. So it's a sure bet that one ...