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CNN Map Shows Eastern Ukraine in Pakistan
by Tom McGregor    Mon, May 12, 2014, 12:10 AM

CNN had pre-empted its 24/7 news coverage of MH370 by discussing the 'Eastern Ukraine Referendum,' but viewers faced confusion, when a CNN map claimed Eastern Ukraine was located in Pakistan. 

According to Russia Today, "The American news giant, CNN, has reshaped the world a bit in their live coverage of events in Ukraine. The eastern part of the European country got pinned miles and miles away from where it actually is – in Pakistan."

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Solar Panels 'Made in China?' White House 'No Comment'
by Tom McGregor    Sun, May 11, 2014, 10:35 PM

BEIJING:  Were solar panels installed in the White House 'Made in China?' President Barry Obama is refusing to answer that question citing so-called National Security concerns.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Technicians have finished installing solar panels on the White House roof, capping a project that President Barack Obama hopes will send a signal that renewable energy is feasible and environmentally shrewd."

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Putin Plays Hockey Amidst East Ukraine Referendums
by Tom McGregor    Sun, May 11, 2014, 10:00 PM

During the crucial referendum votes in Eastern Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin had his mind on hockey and hockey on his mind. He even scored hat tricks in both games he played.

According to the Moscow Times, "President Vladimir Putin scored two hat tricks at an NHL gala hockey match in Sochi on Saturday, scoring six goals overall, Interfax reported. The president scored two goals within the opening moments of the game, and later scored two more goals in the second period and an additional pair during the third."

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Abenomics Destroys Japan Exports Outlook
by Tom McGregor    Sun, May 11, 2014, 09:32 PM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan took a major gamble to boost the national economy. He cheapened the Yen currency, flooded the market with massive liquidity and sparked huge government deficit spending projects. Basically, he followed the advice of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, a Nobel prize winner for Economics. Abenomics results: EPIC FAIL.   

Reuters reports that, "Japan posted a much lower-than-expected current account surplus in March on weak demand for exports and rising imports, reinforcing recent signs that the recovery in the world's third-biggest economy is being hampered by slow shipments".

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Chinese Bargain Hunting for Fake Drugs
by Tom McGregor    Fri, May 9, 2014, 01:59 AM

BEIJING:  The Chinese are going on a buying frenzy to purchase fake foreign drugs online.

China Radio International reports that, "China's food and drug authority has issued another warning about overseas drugs sold online, saying that 75 percent of such drugs are counterfeit. The China Food and Drug Administration said in an online statement on Wednesday that the authenticity of generic anti-cancer drugs sold online cannot have their authenticity and quality guaranteed."

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Obama Plagiarizes 'Red Lines' from Bush
by Tom McGregor    Fri, May 9, 2014, 12:36 AM

President Barack Obama not only loves to blame Bush for all the ills of this world, he likes to plagiarize Bush one-liners too. Obama has earned notoriety for talking about putting a "Red Line" on Syria. However, a U.S. State Department Cable dated Feb. 1, 2008, disclosed that the Bush White House first used the phrase "red lines" in a headline: "Nyet Means Nyet: Russia's Nato Enlargement Redlines."

According to Liberty Post, "Ukraine and Georgia's NATO aspirations not only touch a raw nerve in Russia, they engender serious concerns about the consequences for stability in the region. Not only does Russia perceive encirclement, and efforts to undermine Russia's influence in the region, but it also fears unpredictable and uncontrolled consequences which would seriously affect Russian security interests. Experts tell us that Russia is particularly worried that the strong divisions in Ukraine over NATO membership, with much of the ethnic-Russian community against membership, could lead to a major split, involving violence or at worst, civil war. In that eventuality, Russia would have to decide whether to intervene; a decision Russia does not want to have to face.

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Putin to Launch TU-95 Bear Bomber Fleet
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 8, 2014, 10:41 PM

Russian President Vladimir Putin has deployed TU-95 Bear Bomber aircraft to practice striking military targets with cruise missiles.

Ria Novosti reports that, "A Russian strategic TU-95 “Bear” bomber launched six cruise missiles against ground targets during military drills Thursday overseen by President Vladimir Putin."

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Boko Haram Not Terrorists, Says Hillary Clinton
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 8, 2014, 09:55 PM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton refused to designate Boko Haram on the U.S. State Department "Terror List." Nevertheless, Boko Haram is claiming responsibility for abducting over 300 young Nigerian girls and selling them into sex slavery.

According to CNN, "Hindsight is 20/20, they say, but some people may need backwards-looking glasses in debating whether the State Department under Hillary Clinton erred two years ago by not designating Boko Haram a terrorist group."

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Charles Barkley Mocks Big Ol' Mommas in San Antonio
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 8, 2014, 09:31 PM

Former basketball star Charles Barkley described San Antonio as a town with plenty of "big ol' women." Consequently, he may soon get banned from all taco diners within city limits.

The Houston Chronicle reports that, "Big former NBA basketball star comes to San Antonio for TNT to call the game between the Spurs and the Portland Trail Blazers and what do you do? Yup, you put on your big boy bully briefs. "There's some big ol' women down there ... that's a gold mine for Weight Watchers," said Barkley, who proceeded to call the River Walk a "dirty creek."

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Obama Sanctions Boost Crimean Real Estate Market
by Tom McGregor    Thu, May 8, 2014, 01:52 AM

Amidst Obama Sanctions on Moscow, Russian investors are pouring their money into Crimean real estate deals.

According to the Moscow Times, "Prices for Crimean residential real estate have risen dramatically since Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula, Itar-Tass and RIA Novosti reported. "The demand for apartments and commercial-recreational facilities is beating all records from 2005 to 2007," Ruslan Burdeiny, general director of Crimean construction company Monolit, told Itar-Tass. Burdeiny added that he has seen prices rising by 50 to 60 percent in the last two months alone."

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