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Editor’s Notes

The pen is mightier than the sword
. . . it just takes a little longer

I’m proud to announce that we have an exciting new columnist. Joe Average is his name and from time to time he’ll put down his lunch bucket and speak his mind. Look for him under head: — 380 words,

Don’t take it personally . . .
The personal opinions of Joe Average


From the Desk of Geoffrey Dow, Science Editor

Patients warned as maker halts
distribution of heart implant part

The nation’s largest maker of implanted heart devices, Medtronic, said yesterday that it was urging doctors to stop using a crucial component in its most recent defibrillator models because it was prone to a defect that has caused malfunctions in hundreds of patients and may have contributed to five deaths. — 1,159 words

From the Desk of Mike (The Hammer) Garvin

U.S. Bombardier dealer told
Don't sell to Canadians

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — A snowmobile dealer south of the border says he's been ordered by Quebec-based Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. to stop selling snow machines, ATVs and watercraft to Canadians who are looking to take advantage of the rising value of the loonie. — 459 words.

Questions You Should Never Ask a Writer

On Thursday, October 11, the novelist Doris Lessing won the 2007 Nobel Prize in Literature. Moments after the announcement, the literary world embarked on a time-honored post-Nobel tradition: assessing — and sometimes sniffing at — the work of the prizewinner. One of the most pointed criticisms of Ms. Lessing came from Harold Bloom, the Yale professor and literary critic, who told The Associated Press, “Although Ms. Lessing at the beginning of her writing career had a few admirable qualities, I find her work for the past 15 years quite unreadable.” — 1,402 words.

Prizing Doris Lessing


By Christopher Hitchens

— 983 words.

Guru of greed: The cult of selfishness
A perspective on novelist Ayn Rand

‘Fifty years after it was first published, Ayn Rand's most influential book offers a vital clue to why so many Americans vote against their economic and social interests.— 1,580 words.

The Moscow Times: an island of English in
a sea of Russian still doing It daily 15 years on

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Igor Tabakov / MT
News reporters Svetlana Osadchuk and Nabi Abdullaev writing in The Moscow Times' newsroom at a former furniture factory on 3 Polkovaya Ulitsa.

Lots of cities around the world have English-language newspapers. Most are fairly undistinguished. But somehow The Moscow Times — from the day it first came off the printing presses 15 years ago to now— has punched above its weight. — 1,626 words.

Wishing All of the Best to The Moscow Times

Matt Bivens writes: ‘No discussion of the paper's coverage of Chechnya would be complete, however, without mention of Yevgenia Borisova. When war broke out anew in 1998, Borisova (among several others in the newsroom) was keen to be dispatched to the combat zone. I was the editor at the time, and I balked at the suggestion. I had covered the first war in Chechnya for the Los Angeles Times; if anything, I expected this reprise to be even more grim and dangerous, and I worried about one of my reporters being injured, kidnapped or worse.’ — 452 words.

History in the Making

A new exhibition by Russia's Federal Archives aims to challenge conventional views on the events of 1917. State Archive director Mironenko said. "To imagine that Russian archives had purges and that documents were destroyed would be totally inaccurate." — 1,604 words.

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Carl Dow, Editor and Publisher
Yvette Pigeon, Assistant Editor
Benoit Jolicoeur, Art Director
Carl Hall, Technical Analyst and Web Editor
Harold Wright, Contributing Editor
Randy Ray, Contributing Editor