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"Gorbymania" may not be at the peak which it attained 20 years ago, in Germany these days, but there are enough followers and string-pullers here to join his new campaign against Putin.

December 16th, 2011 • 11:55 AM

Yesterday, Turkish police arrested five members of a group that had planned the assassination of the leader of Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Devlet Bahceli, back in October. Nine others are being questioned. This should be seen in the context of the current drive for war in the region. The MHP is known to oppose a Turkish military intervention into Syria.

December 16th, 2011 • 11:47 AM

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 283-136 with 43 GOP lawmakers and 93 Democrats voting against. The Senate, which earlier passed the legislation by a vote of 93 to 7, on Thursday passed the legislation by a vote of 86 to 13. The act will then go to Obama who will sign it into law.

December 15th, 2011 • 11:18 PM

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Thursday, December 15, 2011 • 4:37 PM

Your U.S. Congress is on the verge of delivering a bill to President Obama, which authorizes indefinite military detention of suspected "terrorists" without protecting U.S. citizens' right to trial. As revealed by Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) on the floor of the U.S.

In an interview yesterday, Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul blasted the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act as being a "step where they can literally arrest American citizens and put them away without trial...

December 15th, 2011 • 11:06 AM

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin today gave his annual year-end webcast in a new format, not only inviting questions from citizens throughout Russia — over 1.5 million were submitted — but also conducting a discussion with prominent Russians and foreign guests who were present in the studio for the four-and-a-half hour event.

December 16th, 2011 • 11:53 AM

A leading strategic think tank in China has warned that the severe financial crisis in the west will intensify, and that both domestic and international violence is being driven by that process, including potential military conflict between the U.S. and Russia and China.

December 16th, 2011 • 11:26 AM

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Thursday, December 15, 2011 • 9:27 PM

by Oyang Teng

One of the revelations of last week's American Geophysical Union Conference in San Francisco, was the urgency with which China has moved to expand its capabilities in the field of earthquake forecasting, through a network of ground- and space-based sensors for the detection of precursor signals emanating from fault zones.

President Obama's mad tour of Asia last month, where he demanded subservience by Asian nations to his plan for war on China, won two adherents this week, the Philippine President and a Japanese opposition leader.

December 15th, 2011 • 11:07 AM