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Legal Cannabis in Uruguay Shows Anti-Drug Treaty Ineffectiveness

Uruguay is widely expected to legalize the sale of cannabis for non-medical use with senate approval in that country this month. Implementation of the law will set up a system for cannabis distribution by a government-controlled entity. This comes despite world treaty organizations concerned with anti-drug policies. Uruguay’s National Drugs Board plans to set the […]
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Kerry and Hegel in Syria Hearings

U.S. & Israel Paused but Ready to Strike Syrian Military Targets

U.S. forces arrived ready for  possible strikes against Syrian military targets as the Yom Kippur holiday approached, but have pulled back at least temporarily as diplomatic talks appear to hold new promise for resolving the current chemical weapons crisis. American warships in the Mediterranean pulled back Sept. 11 to waters between Crete and Cyprus according […]
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Bolivian President Evo Morales

Forced Landing of Bolivian Presidential Air Flight by EU Nations Branded Hostile

July 4, South American nations condemned the European Union countries that barred the aircraft carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales from entering their airspace on the previous day. Morales’ plane was forced to land in Vienna due to suspicions that American whistleblower Edward Snowden might be on board. Inspection of the plane on-ground in Austria failed […]
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U.S. Marines instruct a Jordanian soldier on how to fire a M-4

Senate Opponents Rally as U.S. Readies to Arm Syrian Rebels

June 20, U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation to bar President Barack Obama from using funds for any activities that would escalate U.S. involvement in Syria’s expanding civil war. The bipartisan bill would restrict the Department of Defense and all U.S. intelligence agencies from […]
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ISS Expedition 35/36 Crew

Father’s Day Aboard the ISS

June 16, families celebrated Father’s Day across the world. Some dads are out of this world, however. Ten children celebrated the day while their dads were orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station. Part of the Expedition 35/36 crew, the five male crew members each leave behind one or more children. These high-flying dads […]
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La Manif Pour Tous Protests the Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

French Gay Marriage Approval Highlights Fever of Debate

Tuesday, April 23, the French Parliament voted to approve marriage equality nation-wide. This vote officially makes France the 14th nation worldwide to legalize gay marriage. France is the third nation to approve marriage equality this year. The vote in France was a little more divisive than in Uruguay or New Zealand—the two nations preceding France […]
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hegel Address the Press in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Loss of WMD Control in Syria Guides U.S. Response

The U.S. has been examining Syria’s use of chemical weapons in recent months, which possibly could serve as a trigger to direct U.S. intervention. The loss of control over such weapons is seen as a threat to U.S. interests. Any use of such weapons inherently challenges international conventions and political tolerance points regarding the Syria […]
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Same Sex Marriage Rally Wellington New Zealand

New Zealand Approves Gay Marriage

New Zealand’s Parliament voted to approve gay marriage on Wednesday, April 17 with a 77-44 favorable vote. The vote reflected minimal defection from the 78-40 approval given the first reading of the bill last August. Conservative opposition to the measure promises to continue to fight gay marriage in spite of the bill’s passage. “We have […]
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Former British Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher

The “Iron Lady” Remembered

LONDON, April 9 ─ Battling dementia, and severely weakened, Britain’s once “Iron Lady” Margaret Thatcher passed from a stroke last Tuesday at 87. Starting life as a grocer merchant’s daughter, the later Baroness Thatcher would become the only female prime minister of Britain (serving from 1979 to 1990), U.S. President Ronald Reagan’s staunch ally in […]
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