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Dissolving Parliament

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Newly re-elected President Mahinda Rajapaksa will dissolve Sri Lanka’s parliament and call a legislative election in a move to reshape the unwieldy coalition he now heads. “Rajapaksa won a thumping victory on Tuesday over his former army commander, General Sarath Fonseka, in the Indian Ocean island ...

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Steve Jobs changes computing (again)

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Dear Reader,  I apologize for the length of this article. It’s actually two articles smashed into one.  All together this post will take roughly 5 minutes to read.  I generally like to keep my posts shorter, but, I felt this level of completeness was required to deliver you any real value in a ...

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The Other Approach

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Of course, conferences are great and all, but- and I know we've forgotten this after eight years of diplomacy- there are also military options when it comes to combating terrorism. The big story today is the Post scoop about US/Yemeni operations to fight AQAP. Here is the money quote. The ...

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London Conference

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Big day today. Nothing less than the future of Yemen- and, indeed, the world- is at stake, and it will all be decided in the matter of the next two days. OK, that might be a touch of hyperbole. But this is an important conference, if it is done right, and focuses on more than al-Qaeda. I was ...

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Paper Cuts It

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An artist has created beautiful sculptures by slicing different colored bits of paper and layering them intricately to produce mesmerising kaleidoscopic patterns. “Artist Charles Clary says he wants his constructions to appear ever-expanding — overwhelming exhibition spaces like replicating viruses ...

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Guiltless Male?

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A new study suggests that men are generally less prone to feelings of guilt and that women show a “significantly higher” propensity for it, while men feel “too little” in comparison.“’Our initial hypothesis was that feelings of guilt are more intense among females, not only among adolescents but ...