December 2014

Cowards! The four largest movie theater chains in the United States?Regal Entertainment, AMC, Cinemark, and Carmike Cinemas?have decided to yank Sony Pictures? new movie, The Interview, from theaters after people claiming to be hackers posted threats online against them. The decision makes little sense on safety grounds since the Department of Homeland Security has deemed the […]

Pakistan: Anti-Blasphemy Laws

December 18, 2014

Muslim workers pause for a few minutes along an alleyway in the afternoon to offer their ritual prayers.(Image, caption courtesy FMI) According to Bruce Allen of Forgotten Missionaries International (FMI), terrorists aren?t the only source of persecution for Pakistani Christians. Pakistan?s anti-blasphemy laws were first put into place in 1927, but the amendment that has […]

Oh dear, the things people believe? A story has been circulating that the popular elf toy people place on their trees and fireplace mantles is REALLY a spy device from the National Security Administration. SNOWDEN: ?Elf On A Shelf? Actually Hugely Successful NSA Project. Speaking via Google Hangout to officials in Sweden last week, […]

December 16th, 2014 11:55pm Posted In: Energy Security & Supply, News By Country, Azerbaijan, Featured Articles, Turkey, Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) Azerbaijan?s Energy Minister Natig Aliyev has put an end to speculations of a possible capacity expansion of the Trans Anatolian Pipeline ( TANAP), set to deliver Caspian gas across Turkey to EU borders. Earlier […]

December 16th, 2014 11:51pm Posted In: Press Notes The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) has upheld a verdict obliging Russia to pay almost 1.9 billion euro ($2.4 billion) in compensation to former Yukos shareholders, the court said in a communique Tuesday. The panel of the court?s Grand Chamber earlier told RIA Novosti it was not commenting on its decisions. The ECHR […]

?The most uncomfortable aspect of eating disorders is death,? Laia Abril told me over the phone recently. The Spanish photographer was discussing her new book, The Epilogue?a photobook that chronicles a family?s grief over the death their 26-year-old daughter, Cammy Robinson, who suffered from bulimia. For about five years, Abril?s work has focused on eating […]

The Syntagma Square in Athens is named after the Constitution that the first King of Greece, Otto, was obliged to grant in 1843 As euro-area finance ministers met in Brussels on Monday (08.12.2014) to discuss the future of Greece?s international bailout, the Greek government announced an early presidential vote with the vow to exit the […]

Vale Steve Walker ? magician and skeptic | Australian Skeptics Inc. Shamans on govt service? Psychic searches for missing Tuva helicopter on official request ? RT News. This Greenpeace Stunt May Have Irreparably Damaged Peru?s Nazca Site. ?Face in wave? photo | Isle of Islay. Aquilops, the little dinosaur that could ? The Integrative Paleontologists. […]

In the New York Times Friday, Binyamin Appelbaum published a deep, reported look at the declining labor-force participation of male workers in the United States. Economists have worried about this trend for years, hopeful that an improving economy would bring more male workers back into the labor force. As Appelbaum documents, though, there are deeper forces at […]

December 13th, 2014 4:16pm Posted In: Press Notes Government members may find their minds wandering this Christmas/New Year to the vexed question of how to ensure Hungary?s long-term energy supply after Russia?s abrupt decision not to build the South Stream gas pipeline. Immediately after Russian President Vladimir Putin?s surprise announcement on 1 December, Minister of […]

There are many reasons to be skeptical of the idea that you can change someone?s mind on a hot-button political issue simply by talking to them. We hold many of our political beliefs close, and our brains are built in a way to filter out and discount evidence that challenges them. That?s part of the […]

Euranet Plus News Agency Trans-European press review Friday, November 21, 2014 This week, our press review of European media focuses on the Eurozone finance ministers?s meeting (Eurogroup) in Brussels, where they agreed to give Greece a two months extension of the current European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF). The other big issue this week was the […]

Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a meeting with Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission (EC) back then, Günther Oettinger, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Energy, and Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, in Minsk at […]

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