The New York Times - United States

A New Beginning With Cuba

President Obama’s bold, transformational move restores full diplomatic relations with Havana.

Posted on 18 December 2014 @ 5:00 am

The Ruble’s Fall and Mr. Putin’s Reckoning

Russia’s economic calamity rests largely with the disastrous policies of President Vladimir Putin.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 5:00 am

Sex Assault in the Military

Senator Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, takes issue with an editorial.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 5:00 am

Tortured by Psychologists and Doctors

After two health professionals tortured some C.I.A. detainees, Congress should enact legislation that explicitly prohibits medical personnel from direct involvement in interrogations.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 5:00 am

The Taliban’s Massacre of Innocents in Pakistan

The Pakistani Taliban’s attack on a Peshawar school should prompt the country to reconsider its approach to the insurgency that is threatening its survival.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 5:00 am

Returning Home, a Veteran War Reporter Wrestled With Old Wounds

Dominic Di-Natale found fulfillment in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the lingering effects of working in war zones took a toll on him.

Posted on 16 December 2014 @ 5:00 am

Egypt’s Latest Outrage

The country could receive $1.3 billion in American military aid regardless of whether its government continues with its authoritarian ways.

Posted on 16 December 2014 @ 5:00 am

The Philadelphia Inquirer - United States

Pipeline dreams

Having unceremoniously demolished a carefully constructed offer to relieve Philadelphia of its antiquated gas utility, Darrell Clarke has alluded to alternatives that would be acceptable to him and perhaps his strangely silent partners on City Council. The trouble with these half-formed pipeline dreams is that they tend to evanesce under examination.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 1:29 pm

Can family decorations hold up to public scrutiny?

By Joanne C. McHugh
Decorating is one of my least favorite preholiday tasks. Maybe it’s because of how important it is to me that our home look festive and elegant during Christmastime. So imagine how the pressure grew when the local women’s club asked to feature our home on its annual holiday tour.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 9:23 am

The ‘benefits’ of more CO2

For years, the fossil-fuel industries have been telling us that global warming is a hoax based on junk science.
But now these industries are floating an intriguing new argument: They’re admitting that human use of coal, oil, and gas is causing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to rise – but they’re saying this is a good thing. We need more CO2 in our lives, not less.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 6:33 am

Let’s help patients make informed decisions

By Brandon C. Maughan
U.S. health-care spending has never grown as slowly as it did last year.
Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the Oval Office when the U.S. government began recording health-care spending in 1960. Since that time, growth in health-care spending has never been lower than the 3.6 percent annual rate reported by researchers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last week in the journal Health Affairs.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 6:33 am

Doubts raised on fracking

By Michael A. MacDowell
Two recent events have cast some doubt about the seemingly bright future of fracking in northeastern Pennsylvania and other parts of the country. The first has to do with a few voter-driven efforts to eliminate fracking. The second is related to the recent plunge in energy prices.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 6:33 am

LETTERS – Dec. 17

Get serious on ISIS
The long-term strategy to defeat ISIS outlined by Paul McHale is one that needs to be immediately adopted by our political leadership ("The need to defeat the ISIS ‘center of gravity’," Dec. 14). His point that our fight against ISIS is an affirmation of civilization itself could not be clearer.

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 6:33 am

Banking on Washington

As Washington was betraying regular Americans in favor of big banks, Elizabeth Warren took to the Senate floor last week to ask, "Who does Congress work for?" She probably should have included President Obama in her question.

Posted on 16 December 2014 @ 2:05 pm

The Telegraph - Great Britain

When did Britain lose the ability to cook?

It was wrong to force Baroness Jenkin to say sorry for suggesting that poor people have no idea how to cook – many of them don’t

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 9:05 pm

Christmas mania? We wouldn’t have it any other way

The children ask Father Christmas for violent computer games, the bank blocks your credit card and online stores fail to deliver – ah, the joys of a 21st-century Christmas!

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 9:05 pm

What I would give for Scarlett’s shapely form

What a shame that Scarlett Johansson doesn’t like her thighs. I’ll happily swap…

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 9:05 pm

The Missing turned out to be a cop-out

At which point did you realise BBC drama The Missing was going to be such a disappointment?

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 9:05 pm

Where are the British expats in Europe? This map will tell you

Find out which country in Europe has the biggest British expat community

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 9:58 am

What’s the point of doing a good deed?

Could showing three strangers a random act of kindness really make the world a better place?

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 8:35 am

A simple answer to the English Question

Telegraph View: The one logical solution is that only English MPs can vote on English laws

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 6:35 am

Globe and Mail - Canada

Religious orthodoxy is not the link to violence, as Sydney and Ottawa learned

One consequence of this linear thinking is that it shapes how authorities set about countering extremism within Muslim communities

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 7:11 pm

Time for real leadership from Ottawa on Syrian refugees

We should choose refugees in light of our capacity and their need, not their religion

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 2:17 pm

Why the West should help Putin save the ruble

Financial market panics in major world economies are not in anyone’s interest

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 12:52 pm

Oil prices: The carbon tax moment is here

A sharp decline in oil prices provides an opportunity to place the global economy on a more sustainable path

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 12:19 pm

The province of Quebecor?

Media baron Pierre Karl Péladeau’s bid to be Quebec’s next premier has critics worried about intersections between his business interests and his politics

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 12:11 pm

We’re still picking up Dick Cheney’s pieces

The former vice-president is back in the news, and so is his broken state, Iraq

Posted on 17 December 2014 @ 8:00 am

Conservatives changed the nature of Canadian immigration

Entrepreneurial, well educated, with skills that fit the job market and a good command of English or French, immigrants today are better equipped than ever to integrate successfully into our economy and society

Posted on 16 December 2014 @ 3:14 pm

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