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North Korea: Regime orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

February 11, 2016
posted by

Beloit Daily News    

"North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul's earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North's recent rocket launch a 'dangerous declaration of war.' North Korea said it was responding to Seoul's shutdown order by immediately deporting the hundreds of South Koreans who work at the complex just across the world's most heavily armed border in the city of Kaesong, pulling out the tens of thousands of North Korean employees and freezing all South Korean assets." (02/11/16)

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_KOREAS_TENSION?SITE=WIBEL&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-02-11-11-03-16  

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Australia is about to legalize growing marijuana nationwide

February 11, 2016
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Quartz    

"Australia appears set to legalize the growing of marijuana for medical use nationwide. A bill introduced to parliament Wednesday (Feb. 10) by the Liberal Party would amend the Narcotic Drugs Act 1967. It looks guaranteed to become law, as the main opposition party immediately pledged support for it. Under the proposal a national licensing and permit scheme would be established for supplying medical cannabis to patients with painful and chronic conditions. It’s expected to become law by the end of March." (02/10/16)

http://qz.com/613831/australia-is-about-to-legalize-growing-marijuana-nationwide/?utm_content=28265920&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook  

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Syria: Obama administration opening two-front campaign

February 11, 2016
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Altoona Mirror    

"The Obama administration opened a two-front campaign on Syria on Thursday with a push to end one war there and step up another. The United States, Russia and more than a dozen other nations with interests in the Syria conflict, including Iran, gathered to try to agree on a ceasefire in the civil war that might resuscitate stalled peace talks." (02/11/16)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1053163/Obama-administration-opening-2-front-campaign-on-Syria.html?isap=1&nav=760  

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After being punished for his suicide attempt, a US veteran is fighting for others with PTSD

February 11, 2016
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Vice News    

"When Kristofer Goldsmith woke up, he was handcuffed to a hospital gurney. The US Army sergeant could remember only snippets of the night before, but one of the things he remembered was washing down half a bottle of painkillers with vodka in an attempt to end his life. The day Goldsmith woke up in the hospital -- May 28, 2007 -- was the day he was supposed to be on a plane to Iraq for his second tour of duty." (02/10/16)

https://news.vice.com/article/after-being-punished-for-his-suicide-attempt-a-us-veteran-is-fighting-for-others-with-ptsd  

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Puerto Rico: Government pushes tax incentives for wealthy amid crisis

February 11, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Puerto Rico's government is trying to convince hundreds of wealthy investors to move to the U.S. territory, hoping they could help lift it out of a deepening economic crisis. Officials hosted a meeting for investors on Thursday to promote local tax incentives aimed at luring the wealthy." (02/11/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/puerto-rico-pushes-tax-incentives-wealthy-amid-crisis-36866191  

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Bernie Sanders is wrong about US tuition fees, subsidies don’t help students

February 11, 2016
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International Business Times
by Ben Southwood  

"The United States student debt pile has grown to $1.3trn, and around 11.5% of it is delinquent. This rising pile -- projected to double by 2050 -- comes from the astonishing cost of attending US colleges. Out-of-state students must fork out an average $33,000 per year (£22,700) for tuition and living costs at public four-year colleges, and private colleges are even more expensive. However, a recent paper suggests Unz, Hsu and Sanders could be focusing on the wrong thing entirely, and many of their moves could make things worse." (02/10/16)

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bernie-sanders-wrong-about-us-tuition-fees-subsidies-dont-help-students-1543075  

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El Salvador: High court orders civil prosecution of Funes

February 11, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"El Salvador's Supreme Court has ordered a lower tribunal to open a civil prosecution against former President Mauricio Funes for possible illicit enrichment. Wednesday's ruling also freezes Funes' bank accounts and the titles to eight automobiles in his and a son's names. The civil case does not involve criminal charges." (02/10/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/salvador-high-court-orders-civil-prosecution-president-36847307  

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Nigeria: Two female bombers kill 58 in northeast refugee camp

February 11, 2016
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Rochester Post-Bulletin    

"Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday. A third woman bomber was arrested and gave officials information about other planned bombings that helped them increase security at the camp, said an official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency." (02/10/16)

http://www.postbulletin.com/news/world/female-bombers-kill-in-northeast-nigerian-refugee-camp/article_49dee4e6-932a-5a0e-8f49-d6b1cd1cf008.html  

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Iran’s drone first over US carrier since 2014

February 11, 2016
posted by

St. Augustine Record    

"The unarmed Iranian drone that flew over a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf last month is similar to those that can carry missiles and was the first to conduct an overflight of an American carrier since 2014, U.S. Navy records obtained Wednesday showed. The Jan. 12 reconnaissance flight by Iran's Shahed drone over the USS Harry S. Truman while a French aircraft carrier sailed nearby marked the latest tense naval encounter between the U.S. and Iran since Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers." (02/10/16)

http://hosted2.ap.org/FLAUG/2e515285f07040df999bd6b670db791c/Article_2016-02-10-ML--Iran-US/id-1e8b324b9c454d0bbffa725ec78cafcc  

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After 1,428 years here’s what brought down the world’s oldest business

February 10, 2016
posted by

Sovereign Man
by Simon Black  

"In 578 AD, a Korean immigrant named Shigemitsu Kongo made his way to Japan at the invitation of the royal family. Buddhism was on the rise in Japan at the time; though it had only been introduced a few decades prior, the Empress consort had been actively encouraging the adoption of Buddhism across Japan. But since the Japanese had no experience building Buddhist temples, they looked overseas for help. That’s where Kongo came in." (02/08/16)

https://www.sovereignman.com/trends/after-1428-years-heres-what-brought-down-the-worlds-oldest-business-18654/  

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Freedom, not infrastructure, is overcoming African poverty

February 10, 2016
posted by

Foundation for Economic Education Foundation for Economic Education
by Chelsea German  

"Cape Verde’s superior infrastructure, the Post explains, is partly responsible for that country’s economic progress. Surely that cannot be the full answer. The United States did not have an inter-state road network till the Eisenhower Administration -- decades after the United States became the richest and most powerful country in the world. Similarly, Germany was the most powerful and richest country in Europe a long time before constructing its famous autobahns." (02/10/16)

http://fee.org/articles/freedom-not-infrastructure-is-overcoming-african-poverty/  

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Why I have hope

February 10, 2016
posted by

Ron Paul Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ron Paul  

"We’re in this transition period right now where the attitudes are changing. But our views have been out there a long time, so we have to ask ourselves why we’re seeing more success now among the young and many future leaders. Part of this is just due to greater availability of ideas. The Internet certainly helps, and a lot of the credit must go to organizations like the Mises Institute that make the ideas of liberty more easily available to everyone." (02/10/16)

https://mises.org/library/why-i-have-hope  

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Iraq: Regime says it fully recaptured Ramadi from Islamic State

February 10, 2016
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Idaho Press-Tribune    

"In an address to the nation Tuesday night, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi congratulated the Iraqi people on the liberation of Ramadi and the opening of a road connecting the western city to the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Iraqi government forces regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts, according to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition." (02/09/16)

http://www.idahopress.com/ap_news/international/iraqi-government-says-it-fully-recaptured-ramadi-from-is/article_8f9e8e2e-d88c-5047-950d-6dd27eda287e.html  

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Pentagon seeks funding for Libya, Africa military operations

February 10, 2016
posted by

Idaho Press-Tribune    

"The Pentagon is seeking $200 million in the 2017 budget for counterterrorism operations in Libya and other portions of North and West Africa, but Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Wednesday that Libyans must take the lead in eliminating the Islamic State threat in their country. The new funding provides the first concrete indication of what the U.S. military may do to battle the threat, including expanded drone and surveillance flights, strikes and other operations." (02/09/16)

http://www.idahopress.com/ap_news/politics/pentagon-seeks-funding-for-libya-africa-military-operations/article_8a1db1ba-3245-5092-9c82-f7ef71dfd009.html  

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Six founding EU nations commit to the original unity goals

February 9, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"The six founding nations of the European Union on Tuesday stressed their commitment to seek an 'ever closer union' ahead of next week's summit where Britain is expected to seek a new agreement to help convince a skeptical public to remain part of the EU. The foreign ministers of host Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg said in a joint statement Tuesday they reconfirm their 'strong commitment to Europe and the European project and invite all other member states to join.'" (02/09/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/founding-eu-nations-commit-original-unity-goals-36818441  

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Vice City, Mardi Gras, and government regulation

February 9, 2016
posted by

Learn Liberty
by staff  

"Learn Liberty has a new On Demand program, Vice City, that explains all the ways that the government kills our buzz. Professors Peter Jaworski, Aeon Skoble, and Daniel D’Amico take you on a journey of all things vice. You’ll learn about how deregulation of craft beers has helped revolutionize the entire industry, how alcohol laws do the opposite of what they intend, and how anti-smoking laws infringe on individual liberty." (02/08/16)

http://www.learnliberty.org/blog/vice-city-mardi-gras-and-government-regulation/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=blog+16%2C+Vice+City%2C+Mardi+Gras%2C+It%27s+Fat+Tuesday%2C+2%2F9%2F2016&utm_campaign=blog+16  

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Canada to end airstrikes against Islamic State

February 9, 2016
posted by

Wheeling News-Register    

"Canada's prime minister on Monday announced that the country will end airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq by Feb. 22, saying that 'the people terrorized by ISIL every day don't need our vengeance, they need our help.' Justin Trudeau, following up on campaign promises he made last year, also announced that the government will expand efforts to train local forces and rebuild the war-torn region." (02/08/16)

http://theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/1051290/Canada-to-end-airstrikes-against-Islamic-State-group-shortly.html?isap=1&nav=538  

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Hong Kong: Activists, police clash over holiday food stalls

February 9, 2016
posted by

ABC News    

"Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration has descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. Activists angered over authorities' attempts to crack down on the food hawkers in a crowded Kowloon neighborhood held running battles with police into the early morning hours of Tuesday." (02/08/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/hong-kong-activists-police-clash-holiday-food-stalls-36798128  

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Germany, Turkey vow diplomatic effort to end Aleppo violence

February 9, 2016
posted by

Wheeling News-Register    

"As tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing violence massed at Turkey's border, Turkish and German leaders pledged Monday to redouble diplomatic efforts to end the fighting around the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and prevent more refugees making their way into Europe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after talks with Turkey's prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, that she was 'not just appalled but horrified' by the suffering caused by the bombing in Syria, primarily by Russia." (02/09/16)

http://theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/1051123/Germany--Turkey-vow-diplomatic-effort-to-end-Aleppo-violence.html?isap=1&nav=538  

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The “War on Terror” has cost US taxpayers $1.7 trillion

February 8, 2016
posted by

Forbes    

"According to data compiled by the Mercatus Center citing the Congressional Research Service, the cost of global 'War on Terror' operations (including both Afghanistan and Iraq) since 2001 had reached about $1.6 trillion by FY2014. When war funding approved by Congress for FY2015 is taken into account, the total reaches $1.7 trillion." (02/03/16)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2015/02/03/the-war-on-terror-has-cost-taxpayers-1-7-trillion-infographic/#408099835cf0  

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Saudi offer to send troops to Syria comes with uncertainty

February 8, 2016
posted by

Tuscaloosa News    

"Saudi Arabia's offer to send troops to fight Islamic State in Syria is as much about the kingdom's growing determination to flex its military might as it is about answering U.S. calls for more help from its allies in the Middle East. A Saudi deployment runs the potentially explosive risk of confrontation between one of the Arab world's most powerful militaries and forces keeping Syrian President Bashar Assad in power." (02/08/16)

http://www.tuscaloosanews.com/article/20160208/API/302089813  

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War games in Middle East could prepare UK for “potential” Russian war

February 8, 2016
posted by

Russia Today [Russian state media]    

"The British Army is to deploy 1,600 troops in Jordan to take part in war games which could be preparation for a potential 'confrontation' between Russia and NATO member countries in Eastern Europe, the Daily Telegraph has reported, citing sources. Army sources told the paper that the exercise, which will simulate an Iraq invasion for the first time in over a decade, is not a prelude to sending ground troops to fight Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), rather Exercise Shamal Storm could be seen as a practice routine to fight off any potential Russian invasion of Ukraine or Eastern Europe." (02/08/16)

https://www.rt.com/news/331695-uk-war-games-war-russia/  

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Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces

February 8, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Turkey's president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama's envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists. In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner." (02/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/erdogan-us-choose-turkey-kurdish-forces-36770257  

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Germany: Police search homes of suspected extremists

February 8, 2016
posted by

Killeen Daily Herald    

"German police on Sunday searched the homes of two men suspected of being part of an extremist organization, prosecutors said. Federal prosecutors said that the raid took place near the western city of Mainz. The two men are 'suspected of taking part in the Syrian civil war as members of a foreign terrorist organization,' prosecutors' office spokesman Michael Neuhaus said in an email." (02/07/16)

http://kdhnews.com/news/world/german-police-search-homes-of-suspected-extremists/article_f3db28b7-b40a-53df-b0ca-d323c9f20719.html  

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The liberal fantasy of cultural appropriation

February 7, 2016
posted by

National Review
by Josh Gelernter  

"Among the many silly ideas of young leftists who want to appear good without the hassle of doing good, 'cultural appropriation' stands alone. Since it’s spreading among American undergrads at a bubonic pace, it deserves a closer look. According to Fordham law professor Susan Scafidi, cultural appropriation is 'taking intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions or artifacts from someone else’s culture without permission.'" (02/05/16)

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430890/cultural-appropriation-leftists-rewrite-history  

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