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Rodmania in North Korea

Dennis Rodman [right]by Ivan Eland

Sometimes the common man—or not so common man, such as basketball Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman—can teach elite media, politicians, and diplomats a thing or two. The media largely billed Rodman’s visit to North Korea to see its young leader as “bizarre,” or “the weirdest encounter.” They also deemed “disastrous” his interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” after he got home. Apparently, Rodman’s agents agreed with the latter characterization and cancelled further television interviews after the appearance with Stephanopoulos.

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Neither AIPAC nor Gilad Atzmon Speak for Me

Gilad Atzmonby Myles Hoenig

Jewish Voices for Peace, an organization for which I have recently joined, has placed ads throughout the DC Metro system saying, “AIPAC Does Not Speak for Me”. This is in response to the legions of AIPAC’ers convening for their annual love fest for Israel and their beating up on any US representative who dares to challenge Israel, or to paraphrase the newest Department of Permanent War Cabinet member Hagel, to those who dare to deny their Israeli senatorial obligations.

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Serial Killer Heads CIA

John BrennanChalmers Johnson called the CIA the president's private army. Imperial Rome had its praetorian guard. It served and protected emperors.

CIA rogues work the same way. They do lots more than that. Extrajudicial killing is prioritized. Much that goes on is secret. Unaccountability keeps Congress and ordinary people uninformed.

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Castro mourns fallen 'comandante'

Fidel Castroby Lucia Newman

As I watched late President Hugo Chavez's funeral, attended by  high-level delegations from at least 50 nations, including more than 30 heads of state, I could not help thinking about another Latin American revolutionary whose age and frail health kept him away.

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New list of designated countries of origin for Canada’s refugee system

The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenneyby Edward C. Corrigan

The Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced on February 14, 2013 that the list of Designated Countries of Origin is being expanded to include an additional eight countries. The Designation came into force on February 15, 2013.

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