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US economy contracted in 1st quarter

US economy contracted in 1st quarter

By A.F.Branco 15/05/2014 18:11

The US gross domestic product (GDP) contracted in the first quarter for the first time in three years, according to an estimation based on latest data, including the March trade data released earlier.

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A Way Forward for Ukraine

A Way Forward for Ukraine

By Vboqorad 13/05/2014 16:51

Assurances from Ukrainian leaders that EU integration will bring prosperity will lead to anger when reality fails to match rhetoric.

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John Oliver on climate change skeptics: ‘You don’t need people’s opinions on a fact’

John Oliver on climate change skeptics: ‘You don’t need people’s opinions on a fact’

By Chan Lowe 13/05/2014 16:38

On his new HBO show last night, funny guy John Oliver addressed an imbalance in how news shows handle whatever “debate” there is regarding climate change. Standard procedure, he noted, was to fire up a panel with someone who believes the warnings about troublesome climate trends pitted against a skeptic. Wrong approach: To represent just how vastly climate change “believers”/scientists outnumber the skeptics, Oliver hauled in 96 scientists — plus Bill Nye the Science Guy — to oppose the three climate-change skeptics. The bigger crowd shouted down the skeptics.

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Self-identified climate "agnostic" repels muzzling proposition

Self-identified climate "agnostic" repels muzzling proposition

By Michael Ramirez 10/05/2014 10:05

Recent contentiousness on the Washington Post opinion page calls to mind the media hubbub that ensued from an October Los Angeles Times edict against counterfactual climate-science letters to the editor. Where's the line beyond which climate opinion insults climate fact?

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Israel lobbyists controlling US foreign policy

Israel lobbyists controlling US foreign policy

By John R. Rose 10/05/2014 09:51

An American political commentator says a recent exchange between American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and US Secretary of State John Kerry is indicative of Israel lobbyists’ “stranglehold” on Washington’s foreign policy.

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Climate change Inside the sausage factory

Climate change Inside the sausage factory

By MStreeter 10/05/2014 09:49

“THE less people know about how laws and sausages are made, the better they sleep at night.” That comment, attributed to Bismarck, could equally apply to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC’s reports, published every six or seven years, are immense undertakings. Each depends on the unpaid work of hundreds of scientists and runs to thousands of pages. But most of the controversy is generated at the last minute, when the authors (scientists and academics) meet government officials to produce a summary of 30 or so pages. Consider the recent report, published in Berlin on April 13th, on efforts to rein in greenhouse-gas emissions.

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