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Please Stop Saying That

Frankly, I'm sick of hearing "it's the economy, stupid," both the medium and the message.  Yes, it was a catchy Carville phrase 18 years ago, but, in the meantime, it's lost its luster being uttered by every talking head and tucked into every blog post each time any elected official shows any sign of being politically confused.  I get it. It's no longer a fresh idea; it's a crutch used to embody a stale philosophy when one's got nothing new to say.

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IAEA Sends Much-Needed X-Ray Machines to Haiti

If that headline strikes you as surprising, you are not alone.  I, for one, thought that the IAEA had enough on its plate acting as the world's nuclear watchdog, but, it turns out, they also run a "Department of Technical Cooperation," which fosters "the role of nuclear science and technology in sustainable development." How cool?

Just a taste of some recent projects:

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Living in an Earthquake Zone

I live in Guatemala, where we frequently experience "seismic activity," which is to say that the earth ceases to be bedrock, the room shakes like it's 3am, and those of us who have never lived in regions prone to such attacks start to understand what it's like to fear the ground you walk on.

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UN Commission Cracks Sensational Case

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UN Highlights Shift in Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan

Under an odd headline, "UN Blames Taliban for Afghan Toll," and buried a couple of paragraphs down, the NY Times reports that a new United Nations survey (pdf) notes a 28 percent reduction in civilian deaths caused by U.S.-led forces -- striking to say the least.

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Taking the Fringe to School