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Caught in the micro debt?

When Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize, everybody was behind them and the micro loan system. Tom Heinemann, a Danish journalist has a rather different story to tell in his film “Caught in micro debt”.

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Political Round-up: Republican Grinches, Trillion Dollar Bills, & First Responders

As this week wraps up, let’s take a look back at what’s happened and make a few educated (entirely speculative) guesses about the future. But first, do you ever feel like you’re on a carousel and keep passing the same waving parent, or it’s Groundhog Day and you keep eating the same diner breakfast, or […]

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If it’s Thursday, there must be an indictment!

I’m not sure how far and wide the news has really spread, but those of you who live in New York State have surely heard about Pedro Espada, Majority Leader of the New York State Senate and man of questionable ethics. There are claims that he doesn’t live where he says he lives (meaning he’s […]

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Federal Judge Rules Health Care Bill Unconstitutional

While conservatives basically rode opposition to “Obamacare” to victory in the 2010 midterms, the bill’s been flying under the radar since November 2, with Congress far more preoccupied with tax cuts, DADT, and unemployment benefit extensions, and Republicans biding their time for 2011, when their swelled numbers will face better odds of dismantling the bill […]

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Political Round-up: WikiLeaks, Tax Cuts, DADT and More!

This week’s smorgasbord of political odds-and-ends is brought to you by my short attention span. Plus, doesn’t it seem like lots of stuff is, y’ know, happening this week? It’s no ratification of a defense spending bill or passage of a long-overdue nuclear war treaty (hey, everyone’s too busy picking out the least offensive holiday […]

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WikiLeaks vs. The Pentagon Papers

Two months ago, when WikiLeaks’ latest document dump was just a speck in Julian Assange’s nefarious eye, I watched the documentary The Most Dangerous Man in the World ““ Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers. As an aspiring journalist, I find it fascinating how, despite the lengths to which government officials routinely go to protect […]

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This time, the Danes are not happy

In my last post (here), I wrote about the new immigration rules in Denmark, and how they are keeping almost every foreigner from getting a permanent residence permission ““ even those who are married to Danes. So, how does the public react to it?

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Denmark: Welfare Paradise vs. Toughest Immigration Rules in the EU

I have been writing about this on a few sites on the interwebs and quite a few people ““ especially outside the EU ““ seem interested in the subject. Denmark, the little fairytale country with free health care and education, should it really also be the country of a badly hidden racist agenda?

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The Ballad of Marijuana Legalization

The War on Drugs soldiers on, but it’s safe to say that public awareness of and support for the campaign to legalize marijuana is growing, especially regarding medical marijuana (MMJ), which represents something of a “gateway drug” to across-the-board legalization.

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The Worst Arguments Against Repealing DADT

Thanks to our lovely Ophelia, it came to my attention that Judge Joe Rehyanksy of Hamilton County, Tennessee published an article on The Daily Caller advocating for what amounts to corrective rape for lesbian troops. This is just the tip of the iceberg of unbelievable crud that’s been catapulted into the Internet-o-sphere regarding DADT and […]

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What the Mid-mandate Elections Look Like for a Non-American

You know, the USA is really proud of their democracy (I mean, you export it), but for the rest of the world it’s just a BIG joke. Actually, more like the most lousy TV show that we get to see every 2 years. Dramatic entrance, failed public interviews, backstabbing, stupid ideas and people, telegraphed speeches, […]

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Bennet v. Buck (CO): The Economy is Not the Only Issue at Stake

According to Public Policy Polling (PPP), the latest poll in Colorado’s hotly contested Senate race shows Republican nominee Ken Buck leading Michael Bennet, the incumbent Democrat, by a mere one percentage point. With all my heart I wish I were a registered Coloradan voter and could cast my hat in the ring for Bennet.