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TPP

US pushing for TPP Trade Negatiations

Passage of the “Trans Pacific Partnership” (TPP) free trade agreement between the USA and 11 other pacific rim countries has been the number one economic priority of both political parties in the USA since last November 2014’s national Congressional elections. Concluding a TPP deal in 2015 is right up there...

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US uses military power, China economics, Europe prefers the latter

The Chinese government is buying Europe   Chinese investors have a powerful attraction to companies in the European Union, and their targets are increasingly high-profile. In recent days, they’ve shown interest in an 18-building compound on Berlin’s Potsdamer Platz and in the Italian tire-maker Pirelli. For some unfathomable reason, Europe...

Kerry Says US Has to Negotiate with Assad

Kerry, after 4 years, discovers that peace can also be negotiated

US Secretary of State John Kerry says Washington should finally negotiate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to reach an agreement over the country’s conflict.   “We have to negotiate in the end,” Kerry said in an interview with CBS News on Sunday. “We’ve always been willing to negotiate in the...

German police carry bags out of a house believed to belong to the parents of crashed Germanwings Flight 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur on Thursday. The young German co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit of the Airbus and flew it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board, prosecutors said on Thursday. | REUTERS

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German police carry bags out of a house believed to belong to the parents of crashed Germanwings Flight 9524 co-pilot Andreas Lubitz in Montabaur on Thursday. The young German co-pilot locked himself in the cockpit of the Airbus and flew it into a mountain, killing all 150 people on board,...

The Germanwings airliner, similar to this one, had been flying to Dusseldorf in Germany

Germanwings airliner 4U 9525 crashes in French Alps

French President Francois Hollande described the plane crash as a “tragedy”   An Airbus A320 airliner has crashed in the French Alps between Barcelonnette and Digne, French aviation officials and police have said. The jet belongs to the German airline Germanwings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa. The plane, flight 4U 9525,...

Czechs import wild horses to save biodiversity

Czechs Deploy Wild Horses From Britain to Save Biodiversity

The 14 wild mares from Britain’s Exmoor National Park rests in an enclosure near the village of Milovice, Czech Republic. Twenty-five years ago it was a military zone where occupying Soviet troops held exercises. Today it’s a sanctuary inhabited by wild animals that scientists hope will improve biodiversity among local...

Broken Families

Why broken families create chaos

  In the mid-1960s, a social scientist noted what came to be called “Moynihan’s Scissors”: Two lines on a graph crossed. The descending line charted the decline in the minority male unemployment rate. The ascending line charted the rise of new welfare cases. The broken correlation of improvements in unemployment...

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing

Sour grapes over the AIIB makes America look isolated and hypocritical

Chinese President Xi Jinping (center) poses for a group photo after a signing ceremony for establishing the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, in Beijing on Oct. 24. | KYODO   BRUSSELS/LONDON Sometimes geopolitical shifts happen by accident rather than design. Historians may record March 2015 as the moment when China’s checkbook...

Erdogan on Stairs of Palace

Why the European Union should drop Turkey asap

  Later this year, Turkey will host the 2015 Group of 20 Leaders’ Summit, the 10th annual meeting of the G-20 heads of government. The country’s prominence on the world stage comes at an odd time, when it finds itself surrounded by a widening arc of instability. Indeed, two geopolitical...

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