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From Russia, Yawns And The Smell Of Blood


Worldcrunch.com / DIE WELT MOSCOW — In Russia, showing weakness or fear of any kind is taboo. The pretense of not caring, or cockiness, play along with this psychology that helps explain the way Russia is reacting to this week's announcement of more severe Western sanctions. Sanctions?

Laos, A Risky Cleaning Job In The World's Most Bombed Country


Worldcrunch.com / PortalKBR XIANGKHOUANG — The women from the bomb-clearing team use loud speakers to warn the locals when there is about to be an explosion.

Gaza Ceasefire Crumbles, Ebola Warnings, Uganda Overturns Ugly Law


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Friday, August 1, 2014 GAZA CEASEFIRE BROKEN, SOLDIER CAPTURED, VIOLENCE SPIRALS A planned 72-hour ceasefire lasted just two hours after taking effect Friday morning, as fighting broke out and casualties quickly began piling up again.

Farewells, July 2014: Gordimer, Angulo, Winter


The world bid farewell to a Nobel author, several international actors, a guitar hero and the last foreign minister of the Soviet Union.

Don't Call Him A Traitor: The Palestinian Cause, Revisited


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE -OpEd- PARIS — Apostate, criminal, Zionist, dirty Jew, traitor, accomplice to murder … Here are just some of the epithets on Internet forums aimed at Kamel Daoud, an Algerian columnist and novelist.

Turkey's Foreign Policy, And A Crisis Of Identity


Worldcrunch.com / RADIKAL ANKARA — Turkish foreign policy is having a serious identity crisis. The Turkey that had largely achieved an equilibrium in its relations with the West and the East, a shining star in the international arena between 2003 and 2010, unfortunately no longer exists.

A New French Manifesto: Let Them Eat Old Cheese!


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE PARIS — Earlier this year, a new trend started in the United States. The first episode was when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — citing hygienic reasons — reproached New York State's cheesemakers for their practice of aging cheese on wooden shelving.

A New French Manifesto: Let Them Eat Old Cheese


Worldcrunch.com / LE MONDE PARIS — Earlier this year, a new trend started in the United States. The first episode was when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) — citing hygienic reasons — reproached New York State's cheesemakers for their practice of aging cheese on wooden shelving.

The Egyptian Newspaper Calligrapher Still Writing History's First Draft


Worldcrunch.com / MADA MASR CAIRO — On certain momentous days, only three men know the top headline of the country's flagship state newspaper Al-Ahram before it is sent to the printers.

The Post Office Meltdown You Always Wanted To Have

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH The less-than-helpful attitude of post office clerks in France (and elsewhere) has been known to get a rise out of customers.

The Post Office Meltdown You Always Wanted To Have

Worldcrunch.com / WORLDCRUNCH The less-than-helpful attitude of post office clerks in France (and elswhere) has been known to get a rise out of customers.

Global Finance And The Risk Of A New World War


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS PARIS — When our political elite is done dealing with insignificant affairs and finally decides to see beyond the next elections, they will realize the sobering threat of new world wars.

Global Finance And The Risk Of A New World War


Worldcrunch.com / LES ECHOS PARIS — When our political elite is done dealing with insignificant affairs and finally decides to see beyond the next elections, they will realize the sobering threat of new world wars.

White Feluccas, Blue Nile


The feluccas of Aswan, Egypt, with their huge triangular sails, are used to ferry visitors to Elephantine Island, to visit their rich pharaonic ruins — and where we were able to walk in two Nubian villages that a guide guaranteed were "genuine."

White Feluccas, Blue Nile


The feluccas of Aswan, Egypt with their huge triangular sails, are used to ferry visitors to Elephantine Island to visit their rich pharaonic ruins — and where we were able to walk in two Nubian villages that a guide guaranteed "genuine" ...

Israel Ramps Up, Argentina Defaults, Post Office Meltdown


Worldcrunch.com / WHILE YOU SLEPT Thursday, July 31, 2014 ISRAEL CALLS UP 16,000 RESERVISTS As the conflict in Gaza continues, Israel announced it was calling up 16,000 extra reserve soldiers for its offensive against Hamas militants in Gaza — bringing the total of soldiers mobilized to 86,000.

The 'Other' Pressure On Putin Is Internal: Russia Hardliners


Worldcrunch.com / SUDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG MOSCOW — Finally, an engagement that Vladimir Putin could enjoy.

In Italy, A Steel Plant Blamed For Decades Of Child Cancer


Worldcrunch.com / LA STAMPA TARANTO — It’s a sunny summer afternoon and children are running along the beaches of this coastal city in southeastern Italy. But on the other side of town, it’s a different picture, as chimneys at the ILVA plant, Europe's largest steel producer, emit toxic smoke from a concrete wasteland.  The tragic reality for families in and around Taranto is that the playmates of many children here are not on the beaches, but the clowns in hospitals who try to cheer them up in the hopes that they will recover from the various cancers afflicting them.  There isn’t a pediatric hematology department in the local hospital.

In Italy, A Steel Plant Blamed For Decades Of Child Cancer


Worldcrunch.com / LA STAMPA TARANTO — It’s a sunny summer afternoon and children are running along the beaches of this coastal city in  southeastern Italy. But on the other side of town, it’s a different picture, as chimneys at the ILVA plant, Europe's largest steel producer, emit toxic smoke from a concrete wasteland.  The tragic reality for families in and around Taranto is that the playmates of many children here are not on the beaches, but the clowns in hospitals who try to cheer them up in the hopes that they will recover from the various cancers afflicting them.  There isn’t a pediatric hematology department in the local hospital.

False Analogy: Israel Defenders Should Stop Making Syria Comparisons


Worldcrunch.com / LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR -OpEd- PARIS — Those who try desperately to justify the bombing of Palestinian civilians in Gaza counter those who protest the bombing by admonishing them for their silence about events in Syria, which have caused the death of far more innocent victims.


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