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Iran Advancing Its Nuclear Program Despite Pact With West

Iran is moving ahead with a nuclear program that U.S. officials said would be frozen, and it is now clear the USA and other world powers are willing to accept an Iranian enrichment program that Iran refuses to abandon, say analysts.

Iran has continued research and development on new, far more efficient machines for producing uranium fuel that could power reactors or bombs, and its stockpile of low enriched uranium has actually grown, according to a report by Institute for Science and International Security...

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Insists ‘Apartheid Remains’ In US…

Rev. Jesse Jackson said Sunday apartheid still exists in the United States as he reflected on Nelson Mandela’s effect on American politics.

“Apartheid remains. Apartheid gaps in poverty, healthcare and education. We’re in the middle of the end of the apartheid struggle now, but it’s just changed phases,” he said on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”...

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Dollar Slides Despite U.S. Fiscal Deal

Was a fiscal deal ever in doubt? U.S. lawmakers certainly have a flare for dramatics. The two-week standoff between the Republican-led House of Representatives and the White House came to an end in the nick of time-- just ahead of the Treasury-imposed default deadline. The main result for capital markets was the ability of U.S. lawmakers to offset two deadlines for a few months. Everyone else was only interested in how far down the road Uncle Sam would kick the can and they got their answer...

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Taiwan Claims China Can Launch Attack And Win War With U.S. By 2020

According to Reuters, this is the first time the Taiwanese defense ministry has given such a precise deadline for a potential successful invasion. "Over the long-term, it will be wholly sufficient to engage in a war over Taiwan by 2020," the report argues, citing several developments the Chinese military has been endeavoring to fund recently, particularly "long-range precision strike weaponry" capabilities. 

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The U.S. Liberty Ranking Drops

Global economic freedom increased modestly in this year’s report, though it remains below its peak level of 6.92 in 2007. After a global average drop between 2007 and 2009, the average score rose to 6.87 in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available. In this year’s index, Hong Kong retains the highest rating for economic freedom, 8.97 out of 10. The rest of this year’s top scores are Singapore, 8.73; New Zealand, 8.49; Switzerland, 8.30; United Arab Emirates, 8.07; Mauritius, 8.01; Finland, 7.98; Bahrain, 7.93; Canada, 7.93; and Australia, 7.88.

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