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Play Ball 2013

baseballForget the robin. Ignore the tulips. Do not let the Easter Bunny, hummingbirds or awakening bears hoodwink you. The first baseball thrown in anger is the true harbinger of spring and calendar alarm for the lazy discard of the heavy encumbrances of winter.

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Where is Syria humanitarian aid money going?

Syria humanitarian aidby Benedict Moran

Earlier this year, the international community pledged more than $1.5bn in humanitarian aid to Syria.

"We have now seen global solidarity in action," Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, said at the time, lauding member states for their generosity.

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Playing the North Korea Card

Kim Jong UnFor decades, North Korea's wanted normalized relations with Washington. It's been repeatedly rebuffed. Promises made were broken. America needs enemies.

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Playing the Venezuelan Anti-Semitism Card

Hugo Chavez [right]Throughout his tenure, Washington officials vilified Hugo Chavez unjustifiably. So did media scoundrels.

He was America top hemispheric enemy. Donald Rumsfeld once likened him to Hitler. Pat Robertson called for his assassination. Anti-semitism accusations surfaced often.

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Destroying the Switzerland of Central America

Costa RicaLeave it to the U.S. national-security state to destroy another country, this one being Costa Rica, known as the “Switzerland of Central America” and whose national slogan is “pura vida”—“pure life.”

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