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Emerging Outlines of New International Monetary Order

PetrolPetrol Bourses are Modern Silk Routes

In 1960s, while returning from Algiers by boat via Marseilles, I found that the French shop keepers were very reluctant to accept US dollars, preferring Algerian Dinars. It was said that the French were converting their reserves of US dollars into gold. Why were the French and president Gen De Gaulle doing so! (It became clear by 1971)

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Florida’s Ever-present Conservative Latino Vote

Conservative Latino“Cuba will be free” has been the political battle-cry promise by politicians residing in or visiting Florida, not just Republicans but their not quite identical twins, Democrats. It’s a tradition that goes back to the massive naturalization days which took place during the latter part of the decade which followed the Bay of Pigs’ failed invasion. Expecting Romney and Gingrich to adhere to that time-tested cause was a no-brainer for the top two current contenders for the Republican nomination to the presidency.

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Gingrich in the land of racism and religiousity

Gingrich's southern roots enabled him to appeal to the racism and religiousity of South Carolinaby John Stoehr

I lived there for almost a decade, so I'm familiar with the challenge of covering politics in the US South. The challenge stems from that region's peculiar social phenomenon: double consciousness.

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The People vs. The United Nations

United NationsThe United Nations is empowered, under Article 1 of its Charter, to: "maintain international peace and security", to "develop friendly relations among nations", "to achieve international co-operation", and "to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in the attainment of these common ends."

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National Suicide in three acts

racisemStay out of my bedroom
by Adam Keller

National Suicide (1)

Many towers are concentrated in a single corner, on the eastern side of the Kirya area of Tel Aviv. High in the civil government tower sit the Interior Ministry officials, who at their discretion decide fates, a residence permit to the one and a deportation order to the other. Across the street, the tower with a helipad on its roof is the Ministry of Defense where Army officers are running the lives of millions of people and define for the Palestinians the order under which they would live and send armed soldiers to enforce that order. And across the junction – the commercial Azrieli towers, with their shopping malls and restaurants and observation balconies, symbol of the flourishing Israeli economy which leaves so many behind, the economy whose captains have no interest whatever in social justice, neither before nor after the mass protest of last summer.

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israeli settlements


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