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21 December 2012 | 21 December 2012

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Jun.04.2012
Have you heard about the annual Bilderberg meetings? The name is taken from a hotel in Holland where, back in May 1954, the first meeting took place. According to the official website they grew out of a “concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and...
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May.29.2012
I, and probably everyone else who’s likely to read this blog, live in extremely privileged circumstances. We don’t worry about looking for a safe place to sleep at night or where our next meal will come from. We have roofs over our heads, money in the bank, and food on the table. Mmm... food on the...
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May.14.2012
Like many things in life, corruption can be a double-edged sword. Of course it’s bad... it has crippled economies and is responsible for keeping millions of people impoverished... but in Indonesia, where it’s web touches almost every aspect of life, when you realise that, at the lowest level, it’s...
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May.07.2012
This story sounds like it jumped straight off the pages of a gruesome science fiction novel... but it didn’t. It’s true. If you have a sensitive stomach do not ready any further. In northeastern China the bodies of dead babies, and possible foetuses too, are being chopped up into small pieces, the...
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Apr.30.2012
Need to buy a present for your mum’s birthday? Worrying about what to get hubby - the man who has everything? Forget the flowers, chocolates, handkerchiefs and socks, those boring old standbys of yesteryear, and worry no more. Treat them to a Hugvie, the ultimate in hi-tech, telephonic cuddly toys...
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Apr.23.2012
A group that includes 8 astronauts, has had enough of NASA making unsubstantiated claims and taking a political position regarding climate change. Live Science recently published a letter addressed to the Honourable Charles Bolden Jr, NASA Administrator, dated 28 March 2012 and signed by 49...
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Apr.16.2012
The Guardian Newspaper in the UK is featuring a seven-day investigation “Battle for the Internet” into the escalating struggle for control of an open Internet. In an interview kicking off this series Sergey Brin, founder of Google, says the threat comes from “very powerful forces that have lined up...
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Apr.09.2012
At the beginning of the 20th century, after 2 bloody opium wars, the hugely profitable worldwide trade in drugs was, according to the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime), becoming ‘a global problem’. In 1909, relenting to pressure wielded by anti-opium activists, a group of foreign...
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Apr.02.2012
Did you by chance try to buy any eBooks from Amazon’s US Kindle store on Tuesday 27 March? If you did you were probably amazed to find that everything you clicked on said: “This title is not currently available in the US”. Wondered what was wrong? Well, here’s the reason. Ever since her massive...
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Mar.27.2012
It’s Tuesday lunchtime and I’m sitting at my friends’ restaurant, The Three Monkeys, a wonderful addition to the gastronomic choices in Sanur, listening to some mellow jazz background music and thinking how different the world of Bali, Indonesia looks compared with the same time a week ago. What’s...