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The Economist worries that the West may stumble
into another messy military war in the Middle East

The Economist editorializes that “Pessimists think they have seen something like this before. Iran has a nuclear programme that outsiders say is designed to produce a bomb, but which the Iranians insist is not. America is making threatening noises. Some outsiders — such as a group of British think-tanks that released a report on the matter Monday February 5 — worry that a military confrontation could provoke a yet nastier situation in which civilians are the main victims once again. — 733 words.

Taming China's Dragon Market
Don’t bet the farm, Beijing
tells stock-market novices

Although he's 63 years old, Beijing retiree Du Shuzhan is not afraid to try new things. He has just discovered the stock market. A few weeks ago, Du deposited $1,500 in his first share-trading account, and on a recent January afternoon, visited his local broker to buy shares of seven Chinese companies. "All my friends started to invest in the stock market last year," Du says. "My wife and I decided to join the trend."  — 1,285 words.

Russia's foreign minister says U.S.
is probably 'most difficult' partner

Steve Gutterman of the Associated Press says, “Russia's foreign minister said the United States was perhaps Moscow's “most difficult” partner and urged Washington to learn from its mistakes on the world stage, according to a news report on Sunday. Sergey Lavrov also blamed Washington for impasses in the Middle East, suggesting the U.S. approach there was too confrontational, Interfax news agency reported. —
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What's with all the Cuban doctors?
How Castro built a nation of physicians.

Christopher Beam of Slate Magazine, a Division of The Washington Post, says, “Cuba has announced it will send a group of doctors to help Castro's old ally President Daniel Ortega bolster the health system in Nicaragua. Castro also sent about 1,700 physicians to Bolivia in 2006 to lend aid to the government of Evo Morales. Why does Cuba have so many doctors to spare? — 525 words

Venezuela targets oil fields
for 60% nationalization

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced the government’s planned takeover of the Orinoco belt oil fields, and the re-nationalization of the electricity sector at an international press conference Friday. He also responded to U.S. President George W. Bush’s “concerns” over Venezuelan democracy. — 951 words.

bushisms: The U.S. president's accidental wit and wisdom.

Bushism of the Day

By Jacob Weisberg
Slate Magazine
A Division of The Washington Post

"And there is distrust in Washington. I am surprised, frankly, at the amount of distrust that exists in this town. And I'm sorry it's the case, and I'll work hard to try to elevate it."— Speaking on National Public Radio, Jan. 29, 2007.

True North Canuck Fact of the Day

There’s a lot more to Lucy than Anne
Though Lucy Maud Montgomery is best known for her Anne of Green Gables books, the prolific Canadian author also published some 450 poems and 500 short stories in her illustrious career.

Trivia compiled by Randy Ray and Mark Kearney. Visit their Web site at:  www.triviaguys.com
Harold Wright, True North's Doctor of Punology, says, "The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference."

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