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  • Cablegate Roulette

    The Daily Dish | December 07, 2010

    This is an installment from our on-going series on the adventures of American diplomats and the people they monitor. The red button below will take you to another random episode...

  • 'Naughty' Joke Gets Santa Claus Fired From Macy's

    Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle | December 07, 2010

    Santa Claus has been canned from Macy's, and he's anything but jolly about it. His fans aren't happy, either. And there are many...

  • Garry Trudeau on The Colbert Report

    | December 07, 2010

    Garry Trudeau on The Colbert Report, Monday, December 6, 2010...

  • Election Violence Flares In Haiti

    Deborah Sontag, The New York Times | December 09, 2010

    Violent protests, ignited by preliminary presidential election results that were widely considered suspect, shut down this troubled country on Wednesday and threatened the fragile stability that has held since the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake. Businesses and schools were shuttered, streets emptied of traffic and the international airport closed. Angry protesters set fire to the party headquarters of President René Préval’s chosen successor, and many hundreds marched on the electoral council offices, where United Nations peacekeeping troops repelled them with tear gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades...

  • The New Hue For 2011

    Christina Binkley, The Wall Street Journal | December 09, 2010

    The new year is looking brighter in at least one respect. Thursday, color authority Pantone plans to announce that its color of the year for 2011 is an intense pink it calls "honeysuckle."...

  • On Eve of Nobel Ceremony, China Cracks Down and Lashes out

    Keith B. Richburg, Washington Post Foreign Service | December 09, 2010

    Restaurant and bar owners in China have been summoned to local police stations and warned against allowing large gatherings on Friday. Some lawyers, writers and academics have been stopped at airports from boarding their flights; others have been forcibly taken to the countryside. Known activists are under house arrest. And today, several foreign media Web sites and television stations were blocked. Chinese police have said they were taking these actions to guard against a threat to national security. The threat, apparently, is the 54-year-old bespectacled intellectual Liu Xiaobo, currently serving an 11-year prison sentence in China's northern Liaoning province for the crime of "inciting subversion of state power." Liu in October was awarded the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Since neither Liu nor any of his family members are being allowed to leave China to attend Friday's ceremony in Oslo, the Nobel committee organizers said he will be represented by an empty chair...

  • At Peace Prize Ceremony, Winner's Chair Stays Empty

    Sarah Lyall and Andrew Jacobs, The New York Times | December 10, 2010

    Imprisoned in China and with close family members forbidden to leave the country, the Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, an empty chair representing his absence at the prize ceremony here. Noting Mr. Liu’s absence, the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, said to a standing ovation: “This fact alone shows that the award was necessary and appropriate.”...

  • U.S. Embassy Cables: Browse the Database

    The Guardian, UK | December 10, 2010

    U.S. Embassy Cables: Use our interactive guide to discover what has been revealed in the leak of 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. Mouse over the map below to find key stories and a selection of original documents by country, subject or people. Click on red dots for latest stories…


  • More Christians Flee Iraq After New Violence

    Steven Lee Myers, The New York Times | December 13, 2010

    A new wave of Iraqi Christians has fled to northern Iraq or abroad amid a campaign of violence against them and growing fear that the country’s security forces are unable or, more ominously, unwilling to protect them...

  • Silvio Berlusconi's Political Fight is Going Down to the Wire

    Nick Squires, The Christian Science Monitor | December 13, 2010

    Silvio Berlusconi is fighting for his political life as he faces two no-confidence votes that could bring down his government and pitch Italy into an acute political crisis...