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Old 2012-05-13, 11:07   Link #21441
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The phenomenon of language disparition isn't new; I wouldn't be surprised if there would be more dead or forgoted languages than alive one.
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Old 2012-05-13, 12:57   Link #21442
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Not to mention that languages are pretty similar to living species in that they constantly evolve, burgeon and diverge as time pass.
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Old 2012-05-13, 18:08   Link #21443
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49 bodies found on Mexico highway

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18052540

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Old 2012-05-13, 19:23   Link #21444
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We don't even have to click on the link to assume "the cartels" are at it again..
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Old 2012-05-13, 20:10   Link #21445
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Insight: Canada's oil sand battle with Europe
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...8490OL20120510
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Kent, a former television news anchor who was appointed environment minister in early 2011, immediately pushed the idea that "ethical oil" from Canada is far preferable to crude from OPEC nations with dubious human rights records.

A message from Britain's high commission (embassy) in Ottawa on January 7, 2011 summarized Kent's message as: "it may be dirty oil, but at least it's not bloody oil".
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Old 2012-05-13, 22:45   Link #21446
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Isn't that basically a repeat of the "blood diamonds" style trade embargo?
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Old 2012-05-14, 03:47   Link #21447
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It's exagerate to compare ''dirtier'' oil and diamond than serve to pay for war, no ?

Insight: India's "Queen of Democrazy" at the crossroads of change
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...84C08H20120513
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Old 2012-05-14, 15:38   Link #21448
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Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson 'arrested in Germany'
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Old 2012-05-14, 19:31   Link #21449
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Why Philippines Stands Up to China

The Philippines is hopelessly mismatched against China in pure military terms. But there are historical reasons why it won't back down in the South China Sea.

http://the-diplomat.com/2012/05/14/w...s-up-to-china/
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Old 2012-05-15, 08:12   Link #21450
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French architect could be pivotal figure in China scandal
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...84E0HA20120515

In Europe, carmakers talk plant closures
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...84E0JV20120515
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Old 2012-05-15, 10:06   Link #21451
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Why Philippines Stands Up to China
For an associate professor of military strategy at the US Naval War College, he sure doesn't spend much time talking about the possible role of the US in these matters. I would have preferred a little less emphasis on Thucydides and a bit more on the implications of the US-Philippines mutual defense treaty that he mentions in only one sentence.

I'm not defending China here by any means, but does the author really think that having US behind them doesn't play some role in encouraging Filipino assertiveness? I'd much rather have read a prescriptive analysis of the situation in the South China Sea, of possible future trajectories for naval encounters among China, its neighbors, and the US, and of methods to avoid escalation.
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Old 2012-05-15, 18:39   Link #21452
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Nuclear-powered ‘fast-attack’ US submarine docks in Subic
http://globalnation.inquirer.net/369...docks-in-subic
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Old 2012-05-15, 19:44   Link #21453
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EU carries out strikes on Somali pirates

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EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline

15th May – Earlier today, following the decision taken on 23 March 2012 by the Council of the European Union to allow the EU Naval Force to take disruption action against known pirate supplies on the shore, EU forces conducted an operation to destroy pirate equipment on the Somali coastline.
http://www.eunavfor.eu/2012/05/eu-na...-on-shoreline/
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Old 2012-05-15, 19:56   Link #21454
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FBI launches JPMorgan probe, shareholders back Dimon
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Old 2012-05-15, 23:16   Link #21455
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49 bodies found on Mexico highway

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-18052540

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if they keep this up don't be surprised if the big el norte finally shifts attn down south after 2014...

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Old 2012-05-15, 23:34   Link #21456
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Heh, here's an idea Jorge -- fix the problem. Mexico is effectively a failed state unless it can deal with these modern feudal warlords.

The US wouldn't go to war against Mexico as a country. Jorge stupidly conflates the idea in his rant which makes me wonder what his motives are ... but they might go after "transnational crime gangs" wherever they are located.
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Old 2012-05-15, 23:36   Link #21457
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I liked Presidente Fox at the time.
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Old 2012-05-15, 23:39   Link #21458
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I still think fairly well of president Fox... but, like our president, he's contending with a lot of cat herding and some of the cats are rabid :P
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Old 2012-05-15, 23:57   Link #21459
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I think that what Jorge was trying to say was that the reason why Mexico is the way it is today is because the united States has systematically tried to keep it from forming a secure and coherent government, as it would go against US interests to have a powerful country on the US's southern border. And likewise, to the American right Mexico (and Mexicans) have always been a threat.

And historically it's true, since Mexico's independence, the United States repeatedly attacked and undermined it's nascent government.

He also seems to, quite rightly, see that Mexico's problems are internal in nature, but he also, quite rightly, sees that many of the historic reasons for those problems originate in Mexico's relationship with the United States. Even the Drug Wars is largely fueled by money and weapons coming from the United States. If Mexico didn't border the USA, it would likely be a lot better off.

You could point at and contrast the US's other neighbour, Canada, but when Canada was a nascent state, it had the protection the most powerful country in the world, Britain, and was able to develop due to the security it provided. Mexico never had that luxury. Unlike Canada, Mexico also doesn't share any anglophone heritage.
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Old 2012-05-16, 00:01   Link #21460
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Mexico has had alot more problems than just the United States. It was invaded by France in the 1860s.
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