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N. Korea threatens military strike against S. Korean president

N. Korea threatens military strike against S. Korean president | The Circus | Scoop.it

North Korea issued an ominous new threat Monday in its campaign against South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, vowing to carry out a special military attack that would reduce parts of Seoul to ash “in three or four minutes ... by unprecedented peculiar means and methods of our own style.”

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India tests missile capable of reaching Beijing

India tests missile capable of reaching Beijing | The Circus | Scoop.it
Agni-V missile, which could reach Beijing, marks a major advance in India’s nuclear weapons armory.
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Open or closed society is key dividing line of 21st century, says Hillary Clinton

Open or closed society is key dividing line of 21st century, says Hillary Clinton | The Circus | Scoop.it
" Countries that are closed to "change, ideas, cultures and beliefs that are different from theirs will quickly find that in an internet world they will be left behind", Clinton said."
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The springs that heal

The springs that heal | The Circus | Scoop.it
GlobalFoundries is building a $4.6 billion 2m square foot campus in Saratoga.

SW: Some great news for Upstate New York.
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Why North Korea Sucks at Rocket Technology

"Rockets: They’ve been around for, oh, 70 years. But just because they’re senior citizens doesn’t mean they’re technologically decrepit. As North Korea’s latest failed rocket test shows, launching a rocket into space is still, well, rocket science."
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The perils of panflation: A virulent monster is dangerously out of control. Let us slay it together

The perils of panflation: A virulent monster is dangerously out of control. Let us slay it together | The Circus | Scoop.it
PRICE inflation remains relatively subdued in the rich world, even though central banks are busily printing money. But other types of inflation are rampant.
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Keeping it to themselves: Gulf states not only pump oil; they burn it, too

Keeping it to themselves: Gulf states not only pump oil; they burn it, too | The Circus | Scoop.it
EVERYONE knows why oil prices, at around $125 for a barrel of Brent crude, are so high. The long-term trends are meagre supply growth and soaring demand from China and other emerging economies.
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Apple Foxconn: Even when Apple loses, it still wins.

Apple Foxconn: Even when Apple loses, it still wins. | The Circus | Scoop.it

"The well-buffed image of the world’s most valuable company has been scuffed in recent months by investigative reports and activist campaigns—not to mention partially fabricated one-man plays and radio programs—calling attention to the health and safety violations, long hours, and low wages at the Chinese factories that make its products."

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Sat Spies North Korea Readying Rocket Launch

Sat Spies North Korea Readying Rocket Launch | The Circus | Scoop.it
North Korea appears to be ramping up preparations for its internationally-condemned mid-April rocket launch, new satellite images have revea...
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The Miami mirror

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"AS AFTERNOON TURNS to evening in Máximo Gómez Park, named for a hero of the independence war against Spain, some three dozen mainly elderly men and a scattering of women play dominoes, banging the tiles down on the ceramic table tops. This timeless scene could be anywhere in Cuba."

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Rachel Maddow: It Shouldn’t Be So Easy to Start Wars

Rachel Maddow: It Shouldn’t Be So Easy to Start Wars | The Circus | Scoop.it
Let's be blunt. What does a left-wing cable TV news show host know about war? Rachel Maddow is up front that she's a novice.
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Video: Apache helicopter crashes in Afghanistan

A US military helicopter crashes in Afghanistan after attempting a steep turn and nearly clipping the top of a building...
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Pentagon creates new espionage unit

Pentagon creates new espionage unit | The Circus | Scoop.it
Defense Clandestine Service would work closely with the CIA to expand operations overseas at a time when the missions of the agency and the military increasingly converge.
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Over to you: Growing Afghan responsibility for the war serves a wider purpose

Over to you: Growing Afghan responsibility for the war serves a wider purpose | The Circus | Scoop.it
"A wave of unrest after the recent American burning of copies of the Koran belonging to prisoners, as well as the shocking murder of 17 civilians by a rogue American army staff sergeant, may paradoxically have provided a spur for compromise, particularly on the American side."
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Amazon’s Secretive Cloud Carries 1 Percent of the Internet

Amazon’s Secretive Cloud Carries 1 Percent of the Internet | The Circus | Scoop.it
"Amazon’s cloud computing infrastructure is growing so fast that it’s silently becoming a core piece of the internet.

That’s according to an analysis done by DeepField Networks, a start-up that number-crunched several weeks’ worth of anonymous network traffic provided by internet service providers, mainly in North America."
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The real back yard

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ALL in all, this is a pretty good time to be an American. Think about it. The middle class is expanding and growing richer. Once-stark inequalities are shrinking.
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Failed North Korean Launch a Setback for Kim Jong-un

Failed North Korean Launch a Setback for Kim Jong-un | The Circus | Scoop.it
For Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s failure to put a satellite into orbit, after drawing international condemnation over the attempt, was a $1 billion humiliation.
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The dragon’s new teeth: China's military rise

The dragon’s new teeth: China's military rise | The Circus | Scoop.it
“China is a big country,” he pointed out, “and other countries are small countries and that is just a fact.” Indeed it is, and China is big not merely in terms of territory and population, but also military might. Its Communist Party is presiding over the world’s largest military build-up. And that is just a fact, too—one which the rest of the world is having to come to terms with.
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Syrian Rebels: Undergunned and Overwhelmed

Syrian Rebels: Undergunned and Overwhelmed | The Circus | Scoop.it

"Syria's rebels have to bear hours of negotiations for every box of bullets that they haul across the border for their war against Bashar al-Assad. And their frustration is starting to show."

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Al-Qaeda’s online forums go dark for extended period

Al-Qaeda’s online forums go dark for extended period | The Circus | Scoop.it
Outages cause some experts to conclude the sites have been taken down in a cyberattack, but others are skeptical.
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The Year's Best Military Photography from Foreign Policy

The Year's Best Military Photography from Foreign Policy | The Circus | Scoop.it

As fewer Americans serve in the armed forces, the difficulty of translating the experience of military service to a wider public becomes increasingly challenging. But sometimes a picture tells a thousand words, as in this selection of winners from the 2011 Military Photographer of the Year competition, which was recently judged at the Defense Information School at Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland. Combat photography began in earnest during the Civil War, when President Abraham Lincoln commissioned Mathew Brady to document the war, eventually leading to an invaluable trove of photographs used by generations of historians. Today, hundreds of U.S. military photographers, videographers, and artists continue to document armed services activities around the world. These photos were chosen from thousands of entries and adhere to the same standards as photojournalism (meaning no posed or electronically manipulated images).

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War Chief: Afghans Will Take Combat Lead Next Year

War Chief: Afghans Will Take Combat Lead Next Year | The Circus | Scoop.it
The Afghanistan war might look like it's jumped the rails. But its commander says that by the fall of next year, one major development will ...
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Shopping spree

Shopping spree | The Circus | Scoop.it
THE tiny island-state of Singapore, home to just over 5m people, has a well-deserved reputation as a quiet, clean-cut hub for banking, lawyering and golf.
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