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05 Oct

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

News

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Hungary sludge flood called ‘ecological disaster’  new

Toxic red sludge from an alumina plant engulfed several towns and burned people through their clothes………………………..

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Robert Edwards: achieved his first successful fertilisation of human eggs in a test tube in 1969

Britain’s ‘father of IVF’ wins the Nobel Prize

Steve Connor: Maverick scientist Robert Edwards is rewarded for his research into human fertility…………………………

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Grace Phelps-Roper, 13, at the funeral of L/C Matthew Snyder

Case of the anti-gay preachers set to test US Constitution to the limit

First Amendment right to free speech in spotlight as Christians who believe that God hates homosexuals appear before Supreme Court……………………….

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Is Obama the new Jimmy Carter?

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Rupert Cornwell: As the midterms approach, President Obama faces an outpouring of anger unmatched since Jimmy Carter held office……………………………

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Omar Waraich: History shows the Khyber Pass is the key to Afghanistan

Pakistani border guards watch over Nato trucks in the tribal area of Khyber
AP 

Pakistani border guards watch over Nato trucks in the tribal area of Khyber.

From Darius I and Alexander the Great onwards, the Khyber Pass has served as a crucial entry point for successive invaders of south Asia. 

Though it is a mere 35km cut, winding through the Hindu Kush mountain range, the opportunities eyed through it have led it to be prized as a strategic trade and military route. Rudyard Kipling described it as “a sword cut through the mountains”. ………………………..

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I’m no witch, O’Donnell tells voters

Christine O'Donnell

Republican candidate for Senate tries to reassure voters with soft lighting and tinkling piano in TV ad …………………………..

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Obama and the curse of moderation

Promise of radical change abandoned in favour of ‘realism’, says Mark LeVine.Mark

Obama promised radical change, but pragmatism has prevailed .

It was meant to be a disaster, but in fact it was a gift.

Faisal Shahzad hoped to kill as many people as possible, but in instead he gave the American intelligence community a unique opportunity to understand the current strategies and tactics of the Taliban and its relationship (if any) with al-Qaeda.

More importantly, he offered the administration of Barack Obama, the US president, and indeed all Americans, an opportunity to take a hard look at the motivations of the emerging crop of militants who are attempting to bring the war against the US back to US soil.

The question is will the Obama administration look a gift horse in the mouth?

Sadly, the answer is most likely yes……………………………..

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