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  • Death toll in three-year Syria conflict crosses 170,000

    07/10/2014 10:45:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    Gulf News ^ | July 10, 2014
    The death toll in Syria’s three-year war has eclipsed 170,000 people, one-third of them civilians, a monitoring group said in a new toll released on Thursday. “Ever since the first casualty of the Syrian revolution was registered on March 18, 2011 in Daraa province, the deaths of 171,509 people have been documented,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Among the dead were 56,495 civilians, including 9,092 children, according to the toll, which included casualties documented up to July 8 this year. Another 65,803 were regime troops and pro-regime militiamen, while 46,301 were rebels seeking President Bashar Al Assad’s ouster...
  • World Cup 2014: Brazil mourns a humiliating defeat – in pictures

    07/08/2014 9:07:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 8 July 2014 | Jonny Weeks and Steven Bloor
    In one of the most shocking World Cup semi-finals ever, Brazil, the host nation, conceded five goals in the first half an hour as they were utterly humiliated on home soil by Germany. Fans across the country reacted in shock and horror, while the players themselves could scarcely believe the magnitude of the defeat.
  • Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi addresses Muslims in Mosul

    07/05/2014 6:35:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | July 5, 2014 | Hannah Strange
    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, emerged from the shadows to lead Friday prayers at Mosul’s Great Mosque, calling on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate declared by the Sunni jihadist group. The notoriously secretive jihadi, who has never before been seen in public, chose the first Friday prayer service of Ramadan to make an audacious display of power in the city that the Sunni Islamists have now controlled for three weeks. Speaking from the balcony in his new incarnation as self-anointed “Caliph Ibrahim”, al-Baghdadi announced himself as “the leader who...
  • Germany Shelves Shale-Gas Drilling For Next Seven Years

    07/05/2014 6:26:52 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 4, 2014 | JAN HROMADKO and HARRIET TORRY
    BERLIN—Germany plans to halt shale-gas drilling for the next seven years over concerns that exploration techniques could pollute groundwater. "There won't be [shale-gas] fracking in Germany for the foreseeable future," Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday. The planned regulations come amid a political standoff with Russia, Germany's main natural gas supplier, and following intensive lobbying from environmentalists and brewers concerned about possible drinking-water contamination. The production of shale gas requires the application of the hydraulic fracturing technology known as fracking, which involves using a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to break apart rocks to release the gas. The...
  • Baby bust: US fertility rates hit all-time lows

    07/04/2014 10:21:42 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    Al Jazeera America ^ | June 26, 2014 | Haya El Nasser
    The impact of the U.S. recession will reverberate for generations to come as women — both Anglos and Hispanics — continue to postpone having children. For the second year in a row, deaths of non-Hispanic whites outnumbered births from July 1, 2012, to July 1, 2013, according to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. “These are the only two years in U.S. history when more non-Hispanic whites died than were born,” said Kenneth Johnson, senior demographer at the University of New Hampshire’s Carsey Institute. Births have been fewer for some time, “but the decline since the onset...
  • Iraqi capital nervously awaits Isis attack

    07/03/2014 8:51:28 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 50 replies
    FT ^ | July 1, 2014 | Borzou Daragahi
  • Why we stuck with Maliki — and lost Iraq

    07/03/2014 8:34:30 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 46 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/3/2014 | ALI KHEDERY
    To understand why Iraq is imploding, you must understand Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — and why the United States has supported him since 2006. I have known Maliki, or Abu Isra, as he is known to people close to him, for more than a decade. I have traveled across three continents with him. I know his family and his inner circle. When Maliki was an obscure member of parliament, I was among the very few Americans in Baghdad who took his phone calls. In 2006, I helped introduce him to the U.S. ambassador, recommending him as a promising option for...
  • Could Saudi Arabia Be the Next ISIS Conquest?

    06/23/2014 11:55:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    Vocativ ^ | 06/23/14 | Rachael Levy
    ISIS is continuing its blitz-like offensive in Iraq, conquering more and more territory. With its sights set on Baghdad and the Shiite shrine cities, the prospect of the capital falling to the terrorist group is causing international panic. And Iraq’s neighbors, particularly Saudi Arabia, could be the next trophy in ISIS’ expanding cabinet. The extremist Sunni group wants to reestablish the Islamic caliphate, and has made it abundantly clear that its territorial ambitions are not limited to Syria and Iraq. Maps circulating online over the weekend, allegedly from ISIS but whose provenance could not be established, show large swathes of...
  • Mayor Aims to Reverse Detroit Exodus

    06/22/2014 11:26:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 22, 2014 | Matthew Dolan
    DETROIT— Mike Duggan wants to do what no mayor of Detroit has done in more than half a century: attract more people than the city loses. "The single standard a mayor should be defined on is whether the population of the city is going up or going down," Mr. Duggan said in an interview at his City Hall office six months after he was sworn in. If he fails, he says he doesn't expect to run in 2017 and win—marking the boldness of his undertaking, considering the long odds he faces. Other former industrial powerhouses including Cleveland and St. Louis...
  • Kurdistan defies Baghdad and delivers a million barrels of oil to Israel

    06/22/2014 10:15:48 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 29 replies
    Quartz ^ | June 21, 2014 | Steve LeVine
    In a step that cements the impression of a de facto independent Kurdistan, a million barrels of Kurdish oil were delivered to a client in Israel today, despite threats by Baghdad to sue anyone buying it. The US government, fearing another blow to embattled Baghdad, had also worked to prevent anyone from buying the oil. 1 Reuters broke the story in a scoop, followed a few hours later by a statement on the Kurdish government website. “We are proud of this milestone achievement, which was accomplished despite almost three weeks of intimidation and baseless interferences from Baghdad against the tanker-ship...
  • In Iraq, militants press on toward Baghdad

    06/22/2014 9:54:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun June 22, 2014 | Chelsea J. Carter, Mohammed Tawfeeq and Hamdi Alkhshali
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Militant fighters tightened their grip Sunday on western Iraq as security forces withdrew from a handful of towns in Anbar province, moving closer to Baghdad. The news that Iraqi forces withdrew from at least three towns in the province raised questions about whether Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's government is giving up on the region. It also comes the same day that Iran's religious leader condemned any U.S. involvement in Iraq, saying al-Maliki's government can handle its own problems. "The United States is trying to portray this as a sectarian war. But what is happening in Iraq...
  • ISIS just stole $425 million, Iraqi governor says, and became the ‘world’s richest terrorist group’

    06/12/2014 9:08:49 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 12, 2014 | Terrence McCoy
    Of the many stunning revelations to emerge out of the wreckage of Mosul on Wednesday — 500,000 fleeing residents, thousands of freed prisoners, unconfirmed reports of “mass beheadings” — the one that may have the most lasting impact as Iraq descends into a possible civil war is that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria just got extremely rich. As insurgents rolled past the largest city in northern Iraq, an oil hub at the vital intersection of Syria, Iraq and Turkey, and into Tikrit, several gunmen stopped at Mosul’s central bank. An incredible amount of cash was reportedly on hand,...
  • Alabamians Divided on Jefferson Davis Holiday

    06/01/2014 7:51:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | une 1, 2014 | IANTHE JEANNE DUGAN
    Alabama state offices will be closed Monday for an annual holiday that some residents celebrate, others would like to eliminate and some just don't understand: Jefferson Davis's birthday. The Confederacy's first and only president was captured in Georgia in 1865 and accused of treason and helping to plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln. He was imprisoned for two years but never tried, and shortly before his death in 1889, he advised Southerners: "The past is dead; let it bury its dead, its hopes and its aspirations."
  • After final inspection, 3 Brazil World Cup stadiums worry FIFA

    06/01/2014 1:54:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    AP ^ | May 29, 2014
    FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke expressed his concern about preparations at three of the 12 World Cup stadiums during his final inspection of host cities. During a two-week trip that ended Thursday, Valcke sent warnings to organizers in Natal, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo, which will host the World Cup's opening match in two weeks. He said it was a ''race against the clock'' in Natal and there was a lot ''yet to be done'' in Porto Alegre. In Sao Paulo, FIFA requested a second test event at the delayed Itaquerao Stadium that will host the Brazil-Croatia match on June...
  • Best state in America: North Dakota, for its economic recovery

    05/30/2014 8:41:04 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Friday, May 30, 2014 | Reid Wilson
    The Great Recession ended in 2009. But millions of Americans remain unemployed, make less than they did before the recession and are stuck in homes valued below pre-recession levels. While the worst seems behind us, the data show that we have a long way to go. But in a handful of states, the unemployment rate has fallen well below its recession-era apex, home values are up and the median income has risen. And no state has recovered better than North Dakota. There are plenty of ways to measure the nascent recovery. But let’s examine three key indicators: the drop in...
  • ‘Leggings are NOT pants’: Qatar puts its foot down with dress code

    05/28/2014 3:01:33 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 28 May 2014 | COREY CHARLTON
    Qatar has issued a decree advising tourists that leggings are not considered pants and are not modest enough to wear in public. Leggings have been singled out in pamphlets distributed by the Gulf state as inappropriate attire for tourists in the notoriously strict Islamic country. The Reflect Your Respect campaign, launched by the Qatar Islamic Cultural Center, has listed some advice and tips for tourists on how to dress modestly in preparation for the 2022 Football World Cup it is hosting. Mail on Facebook
  • America is a violent country (my title)

    05/26/2014 12:46:05 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 10 replies
  • Syria civil war deaths top 160,000, opposition group says

    05/20/2014 4:16:47 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    CNN ^ | Tue May 20, 2014 | Faith Karimi and Salma Abdelaziz,
    The three-year war in Syria has claimed 162,402 lives, an opposition group said Monday, as the raging conflict shows no signs of abating. The dead include 8,607 children, according to the the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It said the total numbers included civilians, military members, defected soldiers and foreign fighters, among others. United Nations officials said they stopped updating their death toll in July because of lack of access and the inability to verify information from sources. At the time, it said that well over 100,000 people, including many civilians, have been killed in the war pitting government forces...
  • Two and a Half Men to end 12-year run

    05/14/2014 6:22:53 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 54 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | Wed May 14 2014 | Christopher Palmeri Edmund Lee Bloomberg
    Two and a Half Men, once the highest-rated TV comedy in the U.S., is ending its run with a 12th and final season as broadcaster CBS revamps its lineup to win back younger viewers. The show, which starred Charlie Sheen until he was replaced by Ashton Kutcher in 2011, will retain its slot on Thursdays at 9 p.m. EDT, the network said in a statement. Series creator Chuck Lorre “will be creating a season-long event to send it off,” said Nina Tassler, the network’s head of entertainment. “It’s important to keep your fans engaged,” she said Wednesday at a CBS...
  • WHO says deadly MERS virus does not constitute global emergency

    05/14/2014 6:06:48 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed May 14, 2014
    Concern about the deadly new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus has "significantly increased" but the disease does not yet constitute a global public health emergency, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday. The virus, which causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia, has been reported in more than 500 patients in Saudi Arabia alone and has spread to neighboring countries and in a few cases, to Europe and Asia. It kills about 30 percent of those who are infected. The WHO's emergency committee, which met on Tuesday, said on Wednesday that based on current information, the seriousness of...
  • White voters voice unease with South Africa's ruling ANC

    05/12/2014 5:27:57 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    AFP ^ | 5/7/14
    Holding his green identity book tight in his hand, Adriaan Courdier stands in line to cast the first vote of his life. He is one of a minority of poor whites using Wednesday's election to voice their unease with today's South Africa. The 23-year-old aluminium factory worker is voting with the "born frees," a generation of South Africans born after the end of apartheid, white minority rule, in 1994. "My family all agree, for 20 years already nothing has happened," said Courdier, a resident of Danville, a destitute suburb in Pretoria, South Africa's administrative capital. "Some of my family are...
  • Actually, Russia's Population Isn't Shrinking

    05/08/2014 8:46:54 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 24 replies
    Japan's The Diplomat ^ | May 01, 2014 | Ankit Panda
    Russia has its problems, but they don’t include a negative population growth rate — contrary to common wisdom. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, birth rates among native Russians tanked and death rates began slowly climbing. Around 1992, deaths in Russia exceeded births. Analysts of Russian affairs have ever since taken it for granted that Russia faces a demographic crisis that will slowly but surely thrust the country into a perilous state of affairs where its economy shrinks as population declines (Western sanctions over Crimea are a drop in the bucket in this picture). The only problem with this...
  • Fighters surrender city of Homs to Assad's troops after three-year siege

    05/08/2014 3:20:33 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 8 May 2014 | CHRIS PLEASANCE
    Syrian rebels have surrendered the city of Homs to forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad, bringing a three-year siege of the city by government troops to an end. According to Homs Gov. Talal Baraz, more than 1,500 troops have left the city since Wednesday, giving up their positions in the Old Homs district. The city will be declared 'secure' when government troops move in later today.
  • 20 Years After Apartheid, South Africa Asks, 'How Are We Doing?'

    05/07/2014 8:27:29 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    NPR ^ | May 06, 2014 | GREG MYRE
    When South Africa buried apartheid with its first all-race election in 1994, the Rev. Desmond Tutu danced with joy as he cast his ballot. He called it "a religious experience, a transfiguration experience, a mountaintop experience." As the country votes Wednesday, here's what he recently told the Sunday Times newspaper: "I didn't think there would be a disillusionment so soon. I'm glad that (Nelson Mandela) is dead. I'm glad that most of these people are no longer alive to see this," a reference to a host of chronic problems such as corruption and poverty. Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate...
  • Post-apartheid South Africa still struggling

    05/06/2014 7:56:37 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    The Augusta Chronicle ^ | Tue, Apr. 22, 2014 | Damon Cline
    This week marks the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa. You may remember the United States was intensely interested in South African affairs during the years the Afrikaners, the country’s European-descended population, ruled under a racist policy called apartheid. Then, on April 27, 1994, after years of international pressure, South Africa held its first open elections. The black majority population overwhelmingly chose Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid activist and former political prisoner, as the nation’s first black president. America soon lost interest. It was as if a war had ended, and we could concern ourselves with other things. Twenty years...
  • The 'Russian Cross' Is Continuing To Reverse

    05/06/2014 7:01:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/30/2014 | Mark Adamonis
    Russian demography isn’t exactly known for being a meme generator, but one short-hand term for the country’s demographic problems has caught on in a serious way: “the Russian cross.” This name doesn’t have anything to do with religiosity or with Orthodox Christianity’s famously unique way of rendering the crucifix, but with Russia’s sudden plunge into catastrophic population decline during the 1990′s. When you graphed the absolute number of births and deaths, they changed course so radically that they bore a striking resemblance to a cross.
  • Egypt's Sisi vows Muslim Brotherhood 'will not exist'

    05/05/2014 7:26:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | 5 May 2014
    Egyptian presidential favourite and former army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed that the banned Muslim Brotherhood group "will not exist," should he win. In his first interview with Egyptian TV, he added that two assassination plots against him had been uncovered. Mr Sisi removed Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi from power last July. He is widely expected to win the presidential election on 26-27 May. Mr Sisi had denied he had any political ambitions when he ousted President Morsi and launched a crackdown on the Brotherhood - which supported him - last year. In a joint interview...
  • ‘Simpsons predicted Syrian civil war’

    05/05/2014 3:22:04 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | May 5, 2014 | ILAN BEN ZION
    An Egyptian television station claims that an episode of The Simpsons from 2001 was part of a global conspiracy to overthrow Arab governments during the Arab Spring which began a decade later Al-Tahrir TV on Sunday broadcast a report in which it showed that in the “New Kids on the Blecch” episode of the Simpsons, originally aired on February 25, 2001, Bart Simpson and his boy band drop bombs on Arab-dressed men in a music video. On one of the Arab trucks is a clearly visible flag currently used by the Syrian opposition.
  • MAP: How Ukraine and Russia are moving toward war

    05/03/2014 8:29:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 2, 2014 | ADAM TAYLOR AND GENE THORP
    With Ukrainian troops launching a major assault on a rebel stronghold Friday, just a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Kiev to withdraw its troops from the east and south of the country, it looks like the Ukraine crisis is entering a new stage. As The Post's Michael Birnbaum reported from Moscow, "it seemed possible that even a small spark could ignite a tinderbox regional conflict." Given this escalation, The Washington Post is publishing a new map that shows, using information from the Royal United Services Institute and our own analysis, recent troop movements in the region. The graphic...
  • Why South African whites are coming home

    05/03/2014 7:36:35 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 26 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2 May 2014
    Hundreds of thousands of whites left South Africa following the ANC's landslide election victory in 1994. Twenty years on, the exodus shows signs of slowing, even reversing. Jane Flanagan spoke to some of those who have returned. Nicky and Craig Irving spent five years in Australia before moving back to Cape Town with their three daughters. They were among the last members of their respective families to emigrate amid fears over the crime wave that swept South Africa during the 1990s. "The challenge to us from our relatives who had left was 'How can you raise your children in a...
  • Eruvs and electric fences: Inside the walls of Johannesburg’s Jews

    05/03/2014 6:34:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 1, 2014 | Judd Yadid
    The Zulus call it eGoli – Place of Gold – for in 1886, the coveted metal was found in abundance on the Witwatersrand, the inland ridge on which Johannesburg lies. The promise of instant fortunes catalysed the largest, most rapid urban migration in southern African history. Earth’s bounty crowned rand lords, and also birthed a vast apparatus of economic exploitation. Yet for most Jews, the story of their predecessors began not in gold speculation, but pogroms in Eastern Europe. Thousands fled in ships bound for Africa’s tip, and many came to call the City of Gold home. Welcome to Jewburg...
  • The Next Global 'It' Cities?

    05/03/2014 6:32:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 1, 2014 | STEFANOS CHEN
    In the global luxury real-estate scene, is Lagos poised to be the next big thing? The Nigerian city is among a list of 12 up-and-coming luxury markets around the globe, according to the Candy Global Prime Sector Report from design firm Candy & Candy, in cooperation with Savills World Research and Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management. The other cities are Beirut, Cape Town, Chennai, Chicago, Dublin, Istanbul, Jakarta, Melbourne, Miami, Panama City and Tel Aviv.
  • Facebook Wants To Banish Low-Quality Photos — Like LOLCats — From Your News Feed

    05/03/2014 2:50:32 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | DEC. 2, 2013 | JILLIAN D'ONFRO
    Facebook just announced a dramatic update to the way that it ranks its News Feed content that will have users seeing more news articles and fewer cute meme photos, like LOLCats. The company cites an internal survey that apparently showed that people prefer clicking links to high quality articles (about current events, sports, whatever) over the latest memes. "Starting soon, we’ll be doing a better job of distinguishing between a high quality article on a website versus a meme photo hosted somewhere other than Facebook," the blog post reads. "This means that high quality articles you or others read may...
  • No Speedos on the streets! Holidaymakers who leave Majorca beaches dressed in swimwear face fines

    05/03/2014 2:44:21 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 25 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 28 April 2014
    Holidaymakers taking a break to Majorca this summer are being warned they face fines of up to £500 if they wander from the beach still wearing their swimwear. New island regulations will see penalties handed out for anything from riding a bicycle on the pavement to wearing a bikini, swimsuit or Speedos or swimming trunks in the street. Aimed at both tourists and citizens, the laws are part of Palma City Council's 'Ordenanza Civica', otherwise known as the 'Good Citizen Plan'. cebook
  • Russia stages first Red Square May Day parade since Soviet days

    05/01/2014 9:03:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/1/2014 | Nigel Stephenson
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia staged a huge May Day parade on Moscow's Red Square for the first time since the Soviet era on Thursday, with workers holding banners proclaiming support for President Vladimir Putin after the seizure of territory from neighboring Ukraine. Thousands of trade unionists marched with Russian flags and flags of Putin's ruling United Russia party onto the giant square beneath the Kremlin walls, past the red granite mausoleum of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin. Many banners displayed traditional slogans for the annual workers' holiday, like: "Peace, Labour, May". But others were more directly political, alluding to the...
  • Cultural Collapse Theory

    05/01/2014 7:47:44 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    Roosh V ^ | April 28, 2014 | Daryush Valizadeh
    The Cultural Collapse Progression 1. Removal of religious narrative from people’s lives, replaced by a treadmill of scientific and technological “progress.” 2. Elimination of traditional sex roles through feminism, gender equality, political correctness, cultural Marxism, and socialism. 3. Delay or abstainment of family formation by women to pursue careerist lifestyles while men wait in confused limbo. 4. Decreasing birth rate among native population. 5. Government enactment of open immigration policies to prevent economic collapse. 6. Immigrant refusal to fully acclimate, forcing host culture to adopt external rituals and beliefs while being out-reproduced. 7. Natives becoming marginalized in their own country.
  • Jeb Bush’s Steep Challenge for 2016 – WSJ/NBC News Poll

    05/01/2014 6:00:56 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 1, 2014 | NEIL KING JR.
    Former governor of the largest swing state. Scion of a famous political family. Darling of the Republican donor class. Should he decide to enter the 2016 presidential fray, Jeb Bush will bring a pedigree few Republicans can match. But does he excite? Does mention of his name stir the souls of Republican voters? Is there a rank-and-file clamor for him to jump in? Our new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll casts some light on these questions, and isn’t great news for the many Republican elites pining for another Bush presidential campaign.
  • Does Baseball Have to Be So Slow?

    05/01/2014 2:10:31 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 107 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 1, 2014 | BRIAN COSTA
    The Boston Red Sox spent last winter basking in the afterglow of their World Series victory. They also spent some of it pondering a couple of questions: Why do their games take so long? And what should Major League Baseball do about it? At the request of commissioner Bud Selig, the perennially slow-paced Red Sox formed a committee of seven team executives to study the issue and recommend changes for the league as a whole. A volunteer corps of 30 front-office staffers spent over 350 hours combing through video of Boston's 2013 regular-season games, charting every little drag on the...
  • Spike Lee: Sterling Has ‘Mentality Of A Slave Master, Sees His Players As Slaves’

    04/29/2014 8:24:58 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 66 replies
    CBS ^ | April 29, 2014
    Director Spike Lee compares Donald Sterling to a slave master following the Los Angeles Clippers owner’s alleged racist comments. “He’s got to go because he’s tainting all the other 29 partners, he’s tainting the league and he’s tainting America,” Lee told CNN Monday. “And when you hear something like that, that is a mentality of a slave master. He sees his players as slaves.” Sterling has come under fire for audio recordings obtained by TMZ and Deadspin where he allegedly tells his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, that it bothers him that she associates herself with black people. Lee said that during...
  • 'Unfortunately it is true, they have split up': Friends of Prince Harry and Cressida confirm

    04/29/2014 5:57:34 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 29 April 2014 | REBECCA ENGLISH and MARIO LEDWITH and TANIA STEERE
    Prince Harry has split from his girlfriend Cressida Bonas only a month after she attended an official engagement with him for the first time. The couple had embraced in front of cameras, prompting speculation they might be about to get engaged. But their two-year relationship is said to have become strained in recent weeks, with a report in US magazine People suggesting Miss Bonas had become too ‘needy’ for the royal. That was strongly denied by sources close to the couple who confirmed their separation to the Daily Mail last night.
  • A US soldier searches for his Vietnamese son

    04/27/2014 9:39:43 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26 April 2014 | Sue Lloyd Roberts
    Thousands of children were fathered by American servicemen during the Vietnam war. Now in their 60s and 70s, some veterans are desperate to find the sons and daughters they have never known. A tall, thin American wearing a straw hat wanders through the narrow streets of Ho Chi Minh City, clutching a photo album. At his side is a Vietnamese interpreter and fixer, Hung Phan, who has helped dozens of former American soldiers locate their long-lost children over the last 20 years. His latest client, the American under the straw hat, is Jerry Quinn. He has come to Vietnam to...
  • Britain is a 'post-Christian' country says former Archbishop

    04/27/2014 9:38:19 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    BBC News ^ | 27 April 2014
    Britain is now a "post-Christian" country, former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has said. Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Lord Williams said Britain was not a nation of believers and that the era of widespread worship was over. It comes after Prime Minister David Cameron said people in Britain should be confident of its status as "a Christian country". Deputy PM Nick Clegg said the Church and state should be separated. Writing in the Church Times, Mr Cameron said Christians made a difference to people's lives and should be more evangelical about it. This prompted a group of 50 public...
  • Fred Brownell: The man who made South Africa's flag

    04/27/2014 12:03:07 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 7 replies
    BBC News ^ | 26 April 2014
    The multi-coloured flag of modern South Africa is a symbol of its post-apartheid rebirth. But while Nelson Mandela led the country on a "long walk" to freedom, the creation of the flag 20 years ago was a frantic sprint by an unsung hero, writes Xin Fan. On a Saturday night at the end of February 1994 Fred Brownell's phone rang. The voice on the other end asked him to get a new national flag designed - within a week. "It scared the living daylights out of me," says Brownell, now 74 and living in retirement in Pretoria. Brownell was state...
  • South Africa celebrates 20 years of end of apartheid

    04/26/2014 11:37:50 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 27 replies
    NST ^ | 27 April 2014
    South Africa on Sunday celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first ever all-race, democratic election that ended decades of sanctioned racial oppression under the apartheid system. The day will be marked by street parades, speeches, prayers, music and military salutes and displays. President Jacob Zuma leads the main festivities at the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria, where generations of apartheid leaders penned many of the racial laws that South Africa’s first black leader Nelson Mandela fought most of his life. After the historic April 27, 1994, the day has been retained as a holiday and named Freedom...
  • High-Rise Apartment Buildings Sprout in Downtowns Nationwide

    04/26/2014 11:21:33 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 78 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 25, 2014 | Conor Dougherty
    It would be hard to confuse Minneapolis for Manhattan, but the Nic on Fifth might make it possible. The Nic on Fifth is new 26-story apartment building that sits smack on a light-rail stop and boasts amenities like a pool deck and a private dog park. From the top floor you can see miles of the Mississippi river and the field where the Minnesota Twins play. When the building opens in August, it will be one of two new rental towers that are stretching this city's skyline and—with monthly rents ranging from $1,450 for a studio to $9,000 for a...
  • South Africa's inequalities strain foundations of 'Rainbow Nation'

    04/25/2014 9:40:38 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 25, 2014 | Stella Mapenzauswa
    South African writer Hagen Engler is candid about the inner racist he had to exorcise during his progression from a carefree youth who reaped the benefits of white minority rule to a man who has lived for 20 years under a black government. The present-day Engler, his black wife and their mixed race child could easily be the poster family for the "Rainbow Nation" Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu dreamt of in 1994 when South Africa emerged from the ashes of apartheid as a new democracy. Since then South Africans have largely put aside their racially divided past and presented a...
  • How South Africa is learning to live with mixed-race couples

    04/25/2014 9:28:02 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 4 replies
    BBC News ^ | 22 April 2014
    Under apartheid inter-racial relationships were banned in South Africa. Journalist Mpho Lakaje, who is married to a white woman, reflects on how the country has changed in the 20 years since the end of white minority rule. When I started dating the woman I was to marry many of my friends and some of her family - black and white - were united in opposition.
  • ANC's glory fades as South Africa's 'born free' generation votes

    04/25/2014 9:22:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday 24 April 2014 | David Smith
    Six months pregnant, Elizabeth Kganyo was determined to cast her vote, even if it meant standing in a sun-baked queue for hours on end. "I was so excited because it was the first time," she recalls, sitting on an upturned plastic basket outside her shack in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg. "Everybody wanted to vote. Everybody was happy." South Africa held its first multiracial election 20 years ago on Sunday, defying bombs, bluster and the threat of civil war to conjure a spectacle of voters in long, winding lines that ravished the world. But for Kganyo, like millions of others who...
  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX to sue government over space launch contract

    04/25/2014 9:19:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2014 | Christian Davenport and Brian Fung
    Elon Musk, the business mogul who dreams of colonizing Mars, wants a bigger piece of the space market, and he’s willing to sue his biggest potential customer to get it. SpaceX, his California-based rocket company, announced Friday that it plans to file a lawsuit protesting the award of a lucrative space contract by the Air Force, saying it should have been competitively bid.
  • Up Close on Baseball’s Borders

    04/25/2014 4:36:22 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 33 replies
    The New York Times ^ | APRIL 24, 2014 | TOM GIRATIKANON, JOSH KATZ, DAVID LEONHARDT and KEVIN QUEALY