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The original letter from Virginia asking if there is a Santa Claus. Author: Virginia Hanlon, Wikipedia Commons.
The original letter from Virginia asking if there is a Santa Claus. Author: Virginia Hanlon, Wikipedia Commons.


North Pole: Santa Swamped By Millions Of Letters

With Christmas less than a week away, Santa and his helpers have been busy receiving stacks of letters from children around the world, according to the United Nations postal agency, which estimates the total this year will climb above 7 million. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) released data this week showing that Posts in countries […]

Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.
Guantanamo. File photo by United States Navy.


Four Insignificant Afghan Prisoners Released From Guantánamo – OpEd

More good news regarding Guantánamo, as four Afghans have been released, and returned to Afghanistan in what US officials, who spoke to the New York Times, “are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.” The Times added, “Obama administration officials said they worked quickly to fulfil the request from […]

Qatar
Qatar


Potential UK Club Acquisition Could Help Qatar Polish Its Image – Analysis

Qatar has booked two recent successes in what has become an uphill struggle to improve its tarnished image: a papering over of its rift with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates sparked by Qatari support for the Muslim Brotherhood and reports that it may be interested in acquiring London Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur […]

Australia
Australia


Australia: New Migration Bill Shifts Task To Security – Analysis

This week’s passing into law of Australia’s Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation. Experts say it reflects global trends of treating migration as a security problem, and acknowledge that might be an important […]

Jordan
Jordan


Jordan Resumes Death Penalty, Executes 11

Jordanian authorities executed 11 Jordanian men by hanging on December 21, 2014, ending an eight-year de facto moratorium on the death penalty, reports Human Rights Watch. The official government news agency, Petra News, announced that authorities had executed the men inside Suwaqa prison, 70 kilometers south of Amman. Interior Ministry Spokesman Ziad al-Zu`bi told Petra […]

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South-East Europe On Edge Of Civilization: Depending Who You Ask – Essay

“Freaks” in and around US Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina My dear mother! There are a lot of symbolic reflections within Bosnia and Herzegovina that might also be observed around the region of South East-Europe, but it looks like there is only one very specific case to Americans, and locals, within the US Embassy in […]