Category Archives: 04. Politique

Iranian Mullah, Saudi Prince And Taqiyah Traps

Ever since they seized power in 1979, Iran’s ruling mullahs have faced the challenge of forging a synthesis between perception and reality. In almost every case, attempts at replacing reality with the perception of an ideal ends in grief. And … Continue reading

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Maldives Coup: Another may well be underway

You don’t normally get advance warning of an attempt to topple a government. Efforts to oust leaders are risky undertakings and plotters usually keep their underhand schemes very secret. So I was very surprised when a colleague said she’d got … Continue reading

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Vice President Daughter’s Affair With President

President Bill Clinton had an affair with former Vice President Walter Mondale’s daughter — while multitasking with at least two mistresses in the White House — according to a tell-all by a Secret Service officer who guarded the Oval Office. … Continue reading

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UN Dialogues To Select Next Secretary General

Kicking off what he has called a “new and transparent process,” General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft today opened informal dialogues with candidates for the next United Nations Secretary-General, for the first time providing an opportunity for substantive and open engagement … Continue reading

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How much president of United States gets paid

Doctors and C-Suite executives are known for pulling in a pretty penny. The mean annual pay for anesthesiologists is $246,320, and chief executives earn an average of $180,700 a year. But what do America’s top earners have on the president … Continue reading

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Zangmu: India loss Brahmaputra edge to China

Early into the summer of 2009, China kicked off construction work on a controversial project, the Zangmu Hydropower station on the Yarlung Zangbo River — the Tibetan name for the Brahmaputra. In six years flat, the Chinese managed to commission … Continue reading

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Ex Nobel secretary regrets Obama peace prize

Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama in 2009 failed to achieve what the committee hoped it would, its ex-secretary has said. Geir Lundestad told the AP news agency that the committee hoped the award would strengthen … Continue reading

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Cyber-attack Of The German Parliament Still On

A cyber attack on the German parliament uncovered a month ago is still stealing data from Bundestag computers, report German media. Cleaning up after the attack could cost millions of euros and involve replacing or wiping computers, said Sueddeutsche Zeitung. … Continue reading

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China’s island building now totals 2,000 acres

China’s rapidly expanding campaign to construct artificial islands, potentially for military use or airstrips, now totals about 2,000 acres (800 hectares) and could far outstrip that amount as the year goes on, a senior U.S. defense official said Friday. The … Continue reading

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Burkina Faso and Niger to swap a few towns

Burkina Faso and Niger have announced they will exchange 18 towns in order to settle a long-running border dispute and end years of litigation. Burkina Faso is to gain 14 towns and Niger will receive four between now and the … Continue reading

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