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Iran as determined as ever to threaten Israel: Netanyahu – chicagotribune.com

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday Iranian president-elect Hassan Rouhani had shown his true face after he was quoted as saying Israel was a “wound” that must be removed.

Netanyahu said Rouhani, due to take office on Sunday, was no less anti-Israel than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and said the world must not allow Iran to pursue its nuclear ambitions and threaten Israel.

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“The true face of Rouhani has been revealed sooner than expected … this is what the man thinks and this is the Iranian regime’s plan of action,” Netanyahu said in a statement.

Iran as determined as ever to threaten Israel: Netanyahu – chicagotribune.com

Iran’s Water Crisis: In 30 years Iran could become a ghost town

Kalatantari, who serves on president-elect Hassan Rouhani’s transition team and heads research on agricultural at the think tank Rouhani has headed since 1992, went on to say that if the water issue is not addressed, Iran could become “uninhabitable.”

“If this situation is not reformed, in 30 years Iran will be a ghost town. Even if there is precipitation in the desert, there will be no yield, because the area for groundwater will be dried and water will remain at ground level and evaporate.”

Kalatantari is not the only Iranian official who is concerned about the water shortages in the country. Mohammad Hossein Shariatmadari, a former Iranian trade minister, said in April that he believes the water issue is reaching an alarming level. The following month a deputy energy minister similarly warned that the country would soon face a water crisis.

Iran’s Water Crisis: A Bigger Threat Than Israel? | The Editor | The Diplomat

Why Stalin Would Be Proud of Putin | Opinion | The Moscow Times

One year ago on May 7, President-elect Vladimir Putin‘s motorcade traversed the empty streets of Moscow, cleared of every living soul by the police, to his inauguration in the Kremlin. This anniversary passed mostly unnoticed by the public and mainstream media. The reason is not so much that it was overshadowed by Victory Day celebrations and protest demonstrations but because there was nothing much to celebrate.

The country is not in better shape than it was a year ago, a fact that even Putin loyalists admit. Journalist Vitaly Tretyakov wrote on his LiveJournal blog: “The leaders of the ruling class are out of control. Reforms have been either unsuccessful or were transformed into business opportunities for bureaucrats. An innovative economy has not appeared, and there are no prospects for it in the near future. And the population hates the greedy ruling class more and more.”

Today, it is absolutely clear that the liberal “Putin 2.0” predicted by his fans did not and will not appear. What Putin has achieved over the last 12 months fits perfectly into the description articulated by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Dublin last December: re-Sovietization.

Why Stalin Would Be Proud of Putin | Opinion | The Moscow Times

BBC News – Moscow clashes at anti-Putin protests

Protesters against Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin have clashed with police in the capital Moscow, ahead of Mr Putin’s inauguration on Monday for a third term.

The protest was peaceful until a small group of demonstrators tried to break through the lines of riot police.

Reports say opposition activists Alexei Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov and Boris Nemtsov have all been detained.

BBC News – Moscow clashes at anti-Putin protests

From Russia with Hate: Anti-Americanism Rampant in Putin’s Kremlin

In addition to the outrageous and unacceptable attacks on the U.S. ambassador, other examples of anti-Americanism include Putin’s reaction to the popular protests that erupted in Moscow after the Russian parliamentary elections in December and also in March following the Russian presidential elections. President-elect Putin actually blamed the demonstrations on Hillary Clinton and the U.S. State Department, accusing Clinton of “giving the signal” to the protestors. Putin further called opposition leaders “jackals scavenging near Western embassies” and “monkey packs.”

Now, American officials have reportedly been assured that all this anti-U.S. rhetoric streaming out of Moscow was simply a populist tactic in the election. Is this really to be believed? Of course not.

For the Russian government, using the U.S. as variously a whipping boy and a scarecrow is extremely convenient. Indeed, anti-Americanism is a long-standing and fundamental pillar of Russian foreign policy and public diplomacy. As noted by Heritage’s Ariel Cohen, “Anti-Americanism in Russia is rampant. Putin has relentlessly created an image of Russia under attack from Western enemies. It worked for the elections and is likely to continue as a pillar of Russia’s domestic and foreign policy.”

From Russia with Hate: Anti-Americanism Rampant in Putin’s Kremlin

Worst of the U.S. recession over: survey | U.S. | Reuters

I would feel much better about the recession ending if we weren’t headed for a cliff.

“The great recession is over,” said NABE President-Elect Lynn Reaser.

“The vast majority of business economists believe that the recession has ended, but that the economic recovery is likely to be more moderate than those typically experienced following steep declines.”

Worst of the U.S. recession over: survey | U.S. | Reuters

Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs for 2008

  • 1. First Neurons Created from ALS Patients
    President-elect Obama has pledged to lift the seven-year ban on federal funding for embryonic stem-cell research — a
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  • 2. Inflammation vs. Cholesterol
    Half of all heart attacks in the U.S. occur in people with normal cholesterol levels. Baffled?
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  • 3. Scarless Surgery
    3. Scarless Surgery. By Alice Park. Daniel Garcia / AFP / Getty. Article Tools. Dec. 15, 2008
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  • 4. Genomes for the Masses
    James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, did it. So did Craig Venter, co-mapper of the human genome.
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  • 5. New Genes for Alzheimer’s
    There is no cure, no vaccine and no way to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease without an autopsy.
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  • 6. A Five-in-One Vaccine
    Any parent can appreciate how much babies hate shots. So, welcome Pentacel, the first vaccine to immunize against
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  • 7. Gene Screens for Breast Cancer
    Gene screens are fast becoming a powerful tool, not just for diagnosing cancer but for treating it as well. Joining the growing pool of genetic tests for
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  • 8. Blood Test for Down Syndrome
    One of the best ways to confirm Down syndrome before birth is by amniocentesis, which uses a needle to remove a sample of the amniotic fluid surrounding a
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  • 9. Seasick Patch for Cancer Patients
    Those motion-sickness patches can really help calm a churning stomach on a boat. So, someone decided to apply the
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  • 10. Stem-Cell Trachea Transplant
    In a transplant first, doctors in Spain gave Claudia Lorena Castillo Sanchez, 30, a new windpipe, constructed from a
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  • The Great Recession

    “An economic crisis of historic proportions.” That’s what President Elect Barack Obama calls this global financial crisis. Others go futher, warning that another world-wide Depression is still possible. The crisis is especially worrying because even leading economists are struggling to understand its unprecedented complexity.

    But our guest today, historian Niall Ferguson, suggests we take the long view. The economic system in undergoing a Darwinian style struggle which is killing off failed ecomomic practices. Two years ago he started writing a book that chronicles the financial history of the world, showing how societies rise and fall on their financial fortuntes.

    He predicted at the time that our current economic system was dangerously unstable; too dependent on credit and buried under unsustainable debt. Well, now he has been proven right, and his book “The Ascent of Money” could not be more timely. This Harvard and Oxford based professor has been called “one of the 100 most influential voices in the world” by Time Magazine. Brian met with Niall Ferguson recently.We present their conversation.

    CBC Our world The great recession with Niall Ferguson 1/3

    Part I
    Part II
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    Inside Look: The Great Repression

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    U.S. debt is losing its appeal in China

    If China doesn’t want to fund our debt, how are we going to fund our trillion-dollar yearly deficits? I have a bad feeling about this.

    From the article:

    At first glance, the declining Chinese appetite for U.S. debt – apparent in a series of hints from Chinese policy makers over the past two weeks, with official statistics due for release in the next few days – comes at an inopportune time. On Tuesday, the U.S. president-elect, Barack Obama, said Americans should get used to the prospect of “trillion-dollar deficits for years to come” as he seeks to finance an $800 billion economic stimulus package.

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    The Russian Gamble

    Russia is reeling from the global financial crisis: its stock markets plunging , its currency on the brink. The drop in oil prices means the world’s second largest oil exporter – recently rich – is now in the red. How will America end up paying? Will financial crisis turn into political and military instability? Will Russia be the first big test for President-Elect Barack Obama? Erin Burnett reports from Moscow in CNBC’s original programming “The Russian Gamble.”

    Russia on the Brink

    Russia is the biggest country on earth where there is more oil and gas than virtually anywhere else. Surging energy and metal prices made Moscow the billionaire capital of the world. Now oil prices are plunging and stock prices are in freefall. Russian is on the brink of economic collapse.

    Read More at The Russian Gamble Website.
    Check out the slide show.

    Financial Crisis In Russia

    Russia’s Economic Crisis

    Looting the Russian Economy [Video and Article]