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Historic Tehran NAM Summit

Non-Aligned MovementAfter the UN, the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is the most important world body. Hopefully its 16th summit will infuse it with new life.

As host, Iran has a historic opportunity. At the same time, it can enhance its own prestige and enlist support against hostile Washington/Israeli designs.

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US policies contributed to poverty in Latin America

brazil-policeThe United States has worked across Latin America to enrich private clients at the expense of the pauperized masses, Professor of Sociology Emeritus James Petras of Binghamton University, N.Y., charges.

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Why Romney is Raising the Birth Certificate Issue

Mitt Romneyby Jacob G. Hornberger

While the Obama camp and even some in the GOP ranks are upset with Mitt Romney for bringing up the issue of President Obama’s birth certificate, the reason Romney did it might well be that it’s the only issue on which he and Obama disagree.

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Oh, My Akin Ideology

Todd AkinMining humor out of Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin’s barrage of claptrap is tougher than eating frozen jerky in a rowboat on the eyewall of Hurricane Isaac. Normally, rape and funny live in two different solar systems, whose orbits rarely if ever intersect with significantly different trajectories and fields of gravity, if you catch our drift.

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The curious case of Paul Ryan

Paul Ryanby Alan Fisher

The selection of Paul Ryan as the Republican vice presidential candidate remains a curious one.

He brings no foreign policy experience to the ticket - normally considered a must if the top name has little. He doesn't come from a crucial swing state that may be important in the final equation (remember Florida?). And, most crucially, his views on government welfare programmes, his socially conservative position on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage are unlikely to attract large numbers of independents.

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