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Iron Ore Falls Into the Crude Oil Trading Pit

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Steel makes up 95 percent of the world's metal fabrication and iron ore, of course, is the core component of steel making. Its effect on pricing and employment portends to be dramatic.

Worth Watching: Yann Arthus-Bertrand's "Home"

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Avital Andrews

Yann Arthus-Bertrand's method is to get somewhere high, usually a helicopter or a paraglider, and point his camera downward. The results are usually magnificent, and last year, they inspired a film.

A Journey into America, Past and Present

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Akbar Ahmed

Muslims are for Americans what the Russians were for Churchill: "A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." While the post-9/11 period brought...

The Train of Dreams

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

The Train of Dreams is full of love and dream, two of the four pillars of the New Architecture of Capitalism. The Train of Dreams is a twenty-first century replicca of Tardis, the time machine.

Historical Precedents for the Strike Wave by Chinese Workers at Honda Plants

Jeffrey Wasserstrom | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeffrey Wasserstrom

There's a special significance to the fact that, thanks to a strike wave at Honda factories in Foshan, Chinese protests are making headlines at this particular time of year.

Tyrannosaur Bone Found In AUSTRALIA, First Such Fossil Discovered In Southern Hemisphere

AP | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A foot-long piece of bone unearthed in Australia is the first evidence that ancestors of the mighty T. rex once lived in the Southe...

Miniskirts in Kabul

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

Because of his keen insights into Afghan tribal culture and society, Hasan Nouri has become a foremost expert on Afghanistan in the US, and a voice US leaders, hopefully, will seek out more.

Looking forward one more time

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

It is time to leave evil behind once and for all with a proactive attitude. We need preventive war against disease and hunger. We need preventive war against war and conflict. It must be a constructive approach.

More "Congressional Depravity" on Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

By refusing to demonstrate leadership on the issues, Obama has played into the hands of his opponents. The losers are not just the Dems, but the prisoners at GITMO, who now seem more abandoned than at any time since GITMO's first years.

Iran: People's Vitality, Regime's Paleness

Ali Safavi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ali Safavi

Despite a flurry of threats and a hodgepodge of suppressive measures arranged by flustered authorities, Iranians, led by youths, came out in force in defiance of the regime and its Supreme Leader.

House Kills Plan to Close Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The House Armed Services Committee turned down the Obama's administration's request for some $350 million intended to close Guantánamo and buy a new prison in Illinois.

The New York Times Continues Its Fawning Coverage of Saudi Oil Policies

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

A recent report in the Times on the geopolitics of oil misses key points in describing Saudi Arabia's oil policy, and incorrectly asserts that the global recession "forced" the country to reduce production.

Making Small Talk Is the Hardest Part

Joy Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joy Chen

As a child growing up in the States in the 1970s, I was referred to as "chink" or "slant-eyes" by the other kids at school. We spoke Chinese at home, and didn't watch much TV.

Congressman Rohrabacher on Afghanistan: Start Drawdown Now

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Hughes

According to Congressman Dana Rohrabacher there are three underlying evils at work in Afghanistan that must be addressed: centralization, U.S. military involvement and Hamid Karzai.

Combating Hunger by Reforesting Haiti

Salena Tramel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Salena Tramel

Haiti is a prime example of how natural disasters are exacerbated by environmental degradation and centralized development.

Beijing Sandstorm 2010: PHOTOS Of Major China Storm

Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A major Beijing sandstorm is blasting the Chinese capital today, March 20, 2010 -- the most severe sandstorm in China this year, according to scientis...

World Leaders On Twitter: 15 Heads Of State Who Tweet (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The rise of social media in politics is no secret, and more and more world leaders are turning to Twitter, according to a new report. Digital Daya ...

Reporter's Notebook: To Risk Arrest in the West Bank?

Mya Guarnieri | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mya Guarnieri

As a citizen of Israel who has attended the Bil'in demonstration on numerous occasions, I am offended by the army's attempts to censure Palestinian, Israeli, and international voices of dissent.

OPEC Meets Singing Hymnals to "Beautiful Prices"

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Oil at $80 a barrel is an outrage and a reflection of this country's, as the world's largest consumer of oil, lack of leadership on matters oil pricing.

Fiji Cyclone Damage Overwhelming, Says Prime Minister

AP | PITA LIGAIULA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SUVA, Fiji — A powerful cyclone destroyed more than half the houses in many villages in northern Fiji, but only one death has been reported, off...

Elena Kagan's Strange Bedfellows

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Kagan's nomination brings up again the issue of "Sovereign Immunity," and what it portends to our safety.

Ireland Shamrock Shortage SEVERE, Causes St. Patrick's Day 2010 Concerns

PATRICK COOPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

An Ireland shamrock shortage has sparked concerns leading up to St. Patrick's Day, which takes place tomorrow, March 17, 2010. Botanist Dr. Declan ...

Natural Disaster Death Toll Above Normal To Start 2010

LiveScience | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Just a few months into 2010, and Mother Nature has delivered a slew of costly and deadly natural disasters. From the catastrophic Haiti and Chilean ea...

Chile Earthquake 'Megathrust': Worst Type Of Quake Per Scientists

Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Scientists say the major Chile earthquake last month was a "megathrust," similar to the 2004 Indian Ocean temblor that triggered a catastrophic tsunam...

The Wickedest Man in LA

Charles Russell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Charles Russell

Brian Butler speaks with the soft ease and quiet smirk of someone who either knows something you don't or simply doesn't care.