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Shades of Bamako

BamakoCalm in Bamako
by Nazanine Moshiri

In the bustling markets of Bamako, women fry fish, from the River Niger. The smell is overwhelming, and the heat and humidity make it a haven for flies. The City is also a haven for cars, from taxi vans to expensive land cruisers, getting stuck in rush hours morning or evening traffic is the norm here.

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Aaron Swartz's Suspicious Death

Aaron SwartzMedia scoundrels stopped short of truth and full disclosure. The Wall Street Journal headlined "An Internet Activist Commits Suicide."

New York's medical examiner announced death by "hang(ing) himself in his Brooklyn apartment."

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Foreign-Policy Pickle

US President Obama warned last week that no US troops would remain unless they are granted immunity [Reuters]It’s becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. interventionist crowd is finding itself in a pickle with respect to the U.S. government’s 12-year occupation of Afghanistan and 12-year “war on terrorism. “

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Flu Epidemic Hysteria

Flu EpidemicWe've heard it all before. Media scoundrels hype fear. So do drug companies. Doing so boosts sales.

On January 11, The New York Times headlined "Flu Season Deaths Reach Epidemic Level but May Be at Peak, CDC Says."

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2013 Shoulda Coulda Woulda Resolutions

US CongressOkay. Bent over. Hands on knees. Breathing hard. Whew. Made it. “Pant. Pant.” For a while there, didn’t seem like it’d ever happen, but somehow we mercifully staggered across the annum finish line finally placing 2012 irrevocably in the rear view mirror. Make no mistake, the political climate is still volatile. Rash. Mad. Loud. Pulsating forehead vein above arcing spray of spittle loud. And the double- crossing chicanery hasn’t mellowed a bit of a spot of an iota from the fever pitch of last year’s quadrennial heights.

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