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Blog Archive for December, 2011

Romney's gift to Obama? Calling for deportation of his uncle

Paul Koring

Presidential hopeful's stance on illegal immigrants resonates with Republican base but carries risks in general election

Bakery headed by Canadian couple a hit among Indians craving 'foreign' goodies


David and Anna Hambly's Red Moon Bakery became a success by catering to expats and Indians looking Western-style baked goods

In North Korea, nature mourns and the army readies?

Mark MacKinnon

Since Kim Jong-il's death, the shutters have been drawn even tighter in N. Korea

Despite plea-bargain deal, Omar Khadr to spend his tenth New Year's in Guantanamo

Paul Koring

Both the Harper and Obama governments claim the delays are just part of a complicated process, and not willfull foot-dragging

The Russian awakening I never saw coming

Mark MacKinnon

When Medvedev announced he was stepping aside so Putin could return to power, I declared Russian democracy dead. I spoke too soon, writes Globe correspondent Mark MacKinnon

In West Bank land dispute, non-violence scores a victory

Patrick Martin

The recent 'stare-down' between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers over an Israeli settlement was remarkable for one reason: it didn't erupt in violence

My moment with Vaclav Havel and his 'unbelievable dream'

Paul Koring

In the wake of Vaclav Havel's death this week, a Globe journalist recalls his brief but poignant encounter with the iconic leader

What's behind North Koreans' grief over Kim Jong-il's death?

Affan Chowdhry

The public scenes of weeping and wailing - are North Koreans really grieving their dead dictator?

After ugly attacks on Jerusalem mosque, a 'Good Samaritan' emerges

Patrick Martin

Avi Mayer cleaned up the graffiti for a simple reason: 'This kind of thing isn't good for anyone'

Euro zone woes revive French-British feud

Susan Sachs

David Cameron's refusal to sign on to EU fiscal deal has sparked mud-slinging between Britain and France about who is in worse economic shape

Bootleg liquor deaths stir prohibition debate in India

Stephanie Nolen

Police say two-thirds of the alcohol sold in the country is illegal, most of it made by bootleggers

Indian hospital fire uncovers shocking truths about 'first world care'

Stephanie Nolen

AMRI was an elite private medical institution - so why didn't it have a working sprinkler system or functioning smoke alarms?

Which GOP presidential hopeful is riding the wave now - and will it last?

Affan Chowdhry

The race to lead the Republican Party in the 2012 presidential elections has been full of surprises, as a volatile Republican base searches for a candidate it can agree on. Several candidates have been tossed up as a challenger to front-runner Mitt Romney, sometimes surpassing the former Massachusetts governor in polls. With the January 3rd Iowa caucus closing in, the race is now between U.S. Congressman and libertarian Ron Paul and Mr. Romney. But for every surge, there has been a crash. Where are those candidates now?

Are 'digital drivers' the new drunk drivers?

Paul Koring

New recommendations to ban cell phones while driving by America's National Transportation Safety Board has sparked a bitter debate between drivers and victims' groups

Brace yourselves: The Republican race could be a marathon

Konrad Yakabuski

There's a growing sense that the GOP contest won't be settled before the end of the summer

Russian journalists learn their lesson: Putin is still untouchable

Mark MacKinnon

Despite the seemingly more open media environment, Russian journalists are learning a hard lesson: you still can't target Vladimir Putin personally

Report on 'more peaceful' Afghanistan doesn't tell the whole story

Graeme Smith

A new analysis on Afghanistan's progress has several weaknesses, chiefly: it's too soon to tell if the country has made real progress

Pop quiz: Is Israel more like Egypt than you think?

Patrick Martin

Yes, plenty of parts of Israel are far more liberal than the Middle East - but some of the country's ultra-Orthodox communities bear a striking resemblance

Is Gingrich the next Reagan or Goldwater?

Konrad Yakabuski

The GOP candidate likes to think himself a 'Reaganite' -- but his campaign is bringing back whiffs of 1964

Obama gets his 'Mission Accomplished' in Iraq - maybe

Paul Koring

Obama may reap some election dividends for finally ending the Iraqi war, but the mess in Afghanistan may overshadow any triumph

'Nothing can save Assad,' Syrian activist tells Globe

Graeme Smith

After Mubarak's fall, Egyptian protesters ask: 'What now?'

Patrick Martin

The young protesters who sparked a revolution admit they weren't prepared for success

After Japan says sorry, a look at 5 powerful apologies in history

Affan Chowdhry

The apology by the Japanese government to Canadian POWs is a reminder that the search for an apology - and the need to apologize - runs throughout modern history. Herewith, five recent examples of national and global apologies that have made headlines.

'Middle class' in India isn't what you think

Stephanie Nolen

A new report on income inequality sheds a grim light on poverty and social welfare systems in India

Gingrich's vow on Israel might come back to bite him

Paul Koring

Newt Gingrich vows to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - a promise that failed by leaders in the past

Obama channels ghosts of presidents past in re-election quest


Obama evokes Carter, Lincoln, and most of all, Roosevelt as he gears up for the campaign trail

20th anniversary of USSR breakup marked by tension in Moscow


Protesters angry over allegedly fraudulent election results

As bombs rock Afghanistan, whispers of civil war grow louder

Graeme Smith

Afghanistan’s post-2014 fate looks increasingly worrisome after the rare twin attacks on Shiites

Where's the love for Mitt Romney?

Konrad Yakabuski

There's only a month to go before the primaries begin, and this certainly isn't where 'Mitt-Bot' planned to be

‘Time to return to Israel’ ads rile American Jews

Paul Koring

The ads created by the Israeli government and aimed at ex-pats has been scrapped

In Cairo's Maadi district, views from varying rungs of the social ladder meet


The district's Road 9 is where the two worlds run up against each other


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