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Monthly Archive: September 2010

Sep 02 2010

It’s a good day for Kenya

More good news! Kenya has adopted a new constitution, more than three weeks after it was overwhelmingly approved in a national referendum… The document provides for greater checks on presidential powers and more regional devolution. It also recognises the UN human rights charter and creates a second parliamentary chamber – the senate. It may seem …

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Sep 01 2010

Seems funny but isn’t: Hostage taking at Discovery Channel

This post will be pretty much just a stub. There is currently a hostage situation taking place at the Discovery Channel’s headquarters in Maryland. The assailant, James Lee, has posted a radical list of demands, encompassing environmentalist policy, military intervention, and with particular vitriol for human reproduction. A partial list of demands can be seen …

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Sep 01 2010

Kim Jong Il is a Twit too!

Sure, as soon as I get Twitter, all of a sudden everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon: Last Thursday, the North Koreans created a Twitter account – @uriminzok, a shortened version of a Korean word that translates as “our people”. It already has more than 4,500 followers. Oh sure, North Korea gets 4500 followers, and I’ve …

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Sep 01 2010

Lebanon struggles for civil rights

How can people think that religion advances the cause of humanity? At every major milestone of the past century – women’s rights, black civil rights, gay rights – have been vigorously opposed by religious groups. And then, as though we’re all collectively the guy from Memento, Christian groups turn around and start talking about “Christian …

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