Obamacare’ is a victory I welcome

If Obama’s election night was a rising up of America’s better nature, his triumph in healthcare reform was a victory after years of Republican obstructionism. Ours is an essentially good-hearted nation, but so deeply divided that wedge issues can decide a campaign outcome. When I’ve blogged in favour of universal healthcare, I’ve been stunned not […]

Assault Marines train in the ROK

SOUTH KOREA – U.S. Marine assault men have long been considered by many in the infantry to be the “jack of all trades.” As the sun began to crest the mountains surrounding the valley below, the “Lava Dogs” of 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment mustered to conduct live-fire rocket drills at Rodriguez Live-Fire Complex in […]

We need a Dutch-style Delta plan to stem the tide of floods

When more than 1,800 people died in the wake of the 1953 North Sea flood in the Netherlands, the national reaction was: never again. The resulting Delta programme to close off the south-western river delta from the sea was so bold that its name became synonymous with dealing with a crisis. If an issue needs […]

Young Hungarians are intent on writing their own future

After a long abstinence and many failed recipes, Hungarians are finally determined to bake their own democracy. Opinion is divided on how to go about it, however. Viktor Orbán, our prime minister and the sole survivor of the 1989 political elite, seems to have one idea. His heavy-handed style has brought about a new wave […]

Toowoomba’s sacked bishop is not alone in calling for debate on women

Pope Benedict’s decision this month to dismiss William “Bill” Martin Morris, bishop of the Australian diocese of Toowoomba, 190,000 square miles of bush inland from Brisbane, was a really, really sad one. Morris was accused of calling for an open debate on the ordination of women and the extension of married clergy to the whole […]

Colorado National Guard Supports 18th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down

By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Liesl MarelliColorado National GuardDENVER – The Colorado National Guard will open up its doors at the Denver Armory for the 18th Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down, Nov. 6, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 5275 Franklin Street, Denver. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Stand Downs […]

Barack Obama forced back on to campaign trail

Barack Obama threw himself into a whistle-stop tour of New Jersey today to plead for support for an unpopular governor in a bitter struggle for re-election on Tuesday that will be seen as a verdict by American voters on the Democratic administration in Washington.The president appeared at two campaign rallies in support of Jon Corzine, […]

William Hague set for climbdown over arms embargo to Syrian rebels

British efforts to persuade the European Union to lift the arms embargo to Syrian rebels are likely to be rejected on Monday in the face of continued opposition from EU members alarmed that weapons could fall into the wrong hands.The foreign secretary, William Hague, is to join with the French to table a call for […]

3rd Recon Marines teach Nago children, sneak learning into games

NAGO, Japan – The classrooms at Sakura Nursery School in Nago bustle with the sounds of children singing and laughing, as Marines assigned to Camp Schwab arrive to assist teachers with late-morning English and outdoor lessons.A group of Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, took on this rewarding challenge May 21 with the […]

Pixar ‘switched Finding Dory plot’ after killer-whale documentary row

The Disney-owned animation studio Pixar has taken the rare step of changing the plot of its forthcoming sequel to the 2003 blockbuster Finding Nemo, according to a New York Times report, following claims about a US marine park in the critically acclaimed Sundance documentary Blackfish.Finding Dory will feature the voice of Ellen DeGeneres, reprising her […]

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