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The Other Approach

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almost 5 years ago

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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almost 5 years ago

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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Guiltless Male?

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almost 5 years ago

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.

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Bugging Plot

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almost 5 years ago

Filmmaker James O’Keefe and three others have been charged for an alleged plot to bug Senator Mary Landrieu’s office for which they could face up to ten years in prison.

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To Boldly Stick

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almost 5 years ago

NASA’s Martian rover Spirit will officially rove no more. After being stuck in a sand pit on Mars for the last 10 months, it has been announced that the aging shuttle will not be moved.

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What Coup?

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almost 5 years ago

Only a day before a new president is to be inaugurated, a court in Honduras has dropped charges against six military generals who led a failed political coup in the region last June.