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The first quarter finals match-up of the RWC 2007 between Australia and England has just ended with an absolutely stunning 12-10 win for England. This match reminds me why I love rugby and truly lets me feel patriotic for the Rose of England. Following the game alone in Paris meant that my only outlet was […]

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President to Puppet President Yet another surprise announcement from Vladimir Putin. He plans to run for parliament and is evidently looking to establish himself as the next Prime Minister to some puppet President. Sounds fairly macabre and sets the stage for another oligarchic type rule. This announcement gives some sense to the nomination of Zubkov […]

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If you haven’t seen Sicko, by Michael Moore, then you must. It opened in the US on June 29 and now is also out in Paris (see here for listings). Surely, this is a message that will resound for all Americans living abroad, experiencing some form or other of universal aka socialized healthcare. And, I […]

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The Russian political scene — forever shrouded in privacy, if not contoversy — is on the fritz again. Putin took another mysterious decision, dissolving the Duma and naming a completely unknown element, Viktor Zubkov, 66, as his new Prime Minister. If one could compare Zubkov to the feckless outsiders in the US Presidential campaign, Zubkov […]

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