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A year on, only brief home visits for Japan nuclear evacuees

OKUMA, Japan (Reuters) – Back home for just three hours, a tearful Miyoko Takeda sorted through her belongings. She left behind the kimonos she once wore as

Soil erosion increasing global warming threat: UNEP

LONDON (Reuters) – Global warming will get worse as agricultural methods accelerate the rate of soil erosion, which depletes the amount of carbon the soil is able to store, a United Nations’ Environment Programme report said on Monday.

Part of BP investor case over Gulf spill dismissed

(Reuters) – A U.S. federal judge dismissed a large part of a nationwide lawsuit accusing BP Plc and top executives of fraud for misleading shareholders before and

Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning in France

LYON/PARIS (Reuters) – A French court on Monday declared U.S. biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend weight to other health claims against pesticides.

Keystone may be revived after U.S. election: Canada official

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The finance minister for Canada’s top oil producing province of Alberta said he expects the Canada-to-U.S. Keystone XL pipeline project to be “revived” following presidential

Yom Kippur Marked on September 27th (Illinois.gov)

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YNET: Israeli suspected of causing Chile wildfire won’t be prosecuted (Israel Net Daily)

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Survey of the Israeli Diaspora 2009 (Illinois.gov)

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Israel says Iran, Hizballah behind attacks on embassies in India and Georgia

Iran’s jihad against Israel escalates in an age of weak and supine Western leadership and rising antisemitism in Europe and the U.S. — a consequence of the increasing Muslim presence. “Israel says Iran behind India, Georgia attacks,” from by Dan Williams for Reuters, February 13 (thanks to

Senior Saudi cleric says Twitter blasphemer should be killed even if he repents

Compare and contrast. If these are the principles that inform the functioning of your society, you have a problem. An update on this story. “Reprieve unlikely for Saudi writer after cleric backs death sentence,” from Emirates 24-7, February 13: A senior Saudi Muslim cleric indicated on Monday that

Cutting our own throat: Obama wants $800 million for "Arab Spring" countries, military aid to Egypt

In this the U.S. is paying for the installation of Islamic supremacist pro-Sharia regimes that will deny the freedom of speech and freedom of conscience, institutionalize oppression of women and non-Muslims, and embark on a jihadist course vehemently and violently hostile to Israel and …

“Interrupting” the Location of Discourses Regarding Muslim Women (Muslimah Media Watch)

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Santorum’s Speech After the Minnesota Caucus, February 2012

Rick Santorum gave this speech on February 7, 2012, following his wins at the Minnesota caucus and Missouri primary.

U.S. State Department Statement on "Subnational Engagement as a 21st Century Foreign Policy Tool"

Reta Jo Lewis, Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs, gave these remarks on “Subnational Engagement as a 21st Century Foreign Policy Tool” at the 7th Annual Peacekeeping, Reconstruction, & Stabilization Conference in Alexandria,

Budget of the United States Government (Proposed), FY 2013

The White House released the proposed FY 2013 U.S. government budget document on February 13, 2012.

Nil Zacharias:  Sinfully Good and Cruelty-Free: Vegan Recipes for Valentine’s Day (PHOTOS)

Nil Zacharias: Sinfully Good and Cruelty-Free: Vegan Recipes for Valentine’s Day (PHOTOS)

Have your (Valentine’s Day) cake and eat it too, while minimizing your negative impact on people, animals and the planet! Read more: Human Rights , Recipes , Slavery , Vegan Recipes , Vegan , Environment , Flowers , Slidepollajax , …

Nathan Currier: Methane in the Twilight Zone (Third Episode)

Do you like CSI ? I remember the esteemed climate scientist Michael MacCracken once saying that climate researchers need to be like CSI investigators, prying out the truth from obscure clues. Read more…

Danielle Nierenberg: Innovation of the Week: Rewarding Farmers for Providing Ecosystem Services

Supporting poor rural farmers and including them into business discussions can have big payoffs for all — especially the environment. Read more: Environment , Africa , Worldwatch Institute , Farmers , Nourishing the Planet , Agriculture , Innovation of the Week , Nairobi Water Company , World Agroforestry Centre , Water , Danielle Nierenberg , Kenya

Climate change speeds up microbial change

Climate change speeds up microbial change

Climate change could affect Antarctica’s Dry Valleys more rapidly than previously expected, particularly the microbial communities in the soil, a study reveals.

Over 100 pigeon die in Shillong

At least 100 pigeon have died in this north-east hill city in the past one week, though none of the samples have been tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

Over 100 pigeons die in Shillong

At least 100 pigeons have died in this north-east hill city in the past one week, though none of the samples have been tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 2012: Animals Prepare For The Pooch Parade (PHOTOS)

NEW YORK (AP) — Standing at attention, or “stacked,” as they say in the dog show world, Eira is the picture of wire fox terrier perfection. A dense, white coat falls off her jaws. She’s got alert …

Insight: Poland’s shale gas play takes on Russian power

LESNIOWICE, Poland (Reuters) – When Wieslaw Radzieciak took office as the mayor of Lesniowice in the gently-rolling farmland of southeastern Poland 26 years ago, the Soviet garrisons that dotted the county were a stark reminder of which superpower was in control.

Canada PM vows to ensure key oil pipeline is built

GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) – Canada’s prime minister on Friday made his strongest comments yet in support of a proposed pipeline from oil-rich Alberta to the Pacific coast, saying his

Japan priest fights invisible demon: radiation

FUKUSHIMA (Reuters) – On the snowy fringes of Japan’s Fukushima city, now notorious as a byword for nuclear crisis, Zen monk Koyu Abe offers prayers for the souls of thousands left

Heavy snow in Italy cuts off villages, disrupts flights

ROME (Reuters) – Heavy snow fell across Italy on Saturday, blanketing the capital Rome, cutting off mountain villages and disrupting roads, railways and airports around the country.

China detains Korean ship over Yangtze chemical leak-Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese maritime court on Saturday ordered the detention of a South Korean cargo ship over a chemical leak that polluted the Yangtze River, contaminating drinking water

Cutting up rough: Trump and Salmond’s love-in blown off course by wind farm plan

Donald Trump has more reason than most to fear the Scottish wind.

Drought alerts remain despite rain and snow

Much of eastern England remains in a state of drought, despite winter rain and snow, the Environment Agency warned yesterday.

Jerusalem Post: ‘US urged Israel not to release terrorists’ (Israel Net Daily)

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Yeshiva World News: PHOTOS: Neturei Karta Goes to Iran; Embrace Ahmadenijad (Israel Net Daily)

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NPR – Middle East: Israel Isn’t Going To Attack Us, Iran’s UN Ambassador Says (Israel Net Daily)

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Robert Spencer interviewed on the candidates and Islamic law at CPAC 2012

This was an impromptu interview with someone from Faith in Public Life last Thursday afternoon….

Gaza top dog in Tehran: Hamas "will never recognize Israel"

And Hamas is forming a unity government with Fatah, which the Obama Administration regards as the moderate faction to which Israel must make concessions in order to bring about peace. “Gaza premier: Hamas ‘will never recognise Israel,’” from AFP, February 11 (thanks to Wimpy)…

Bin Laden to his children: "Do not follow me down the road to jihad. Go and get a good education in the West"

This kind of hypocrisy is common: Osama bin Laden would by no means have been the first jihad leader who preached blood and murder against the West but then turned around and told his children to go get a good education at a respectable kaffir university. If they attain their…

Using Islamic Identity Against Victims of Sexual Violence (Muslimah Media Watch)

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Fostering Greater Chinese Investment in the United States

David Marchick calls for new U.S. government efforts to increase the small share of Chinese direct investment in the United States, including combating perceived prejudices, removing policy impediments, and encouraging U.S. businesses to partner with their

U.S.-Egypt Ties on Shifting Sands

A year after President Hosni Mubarak’s ouster from power, U.S.-Egypt relations are under threat as Cairo presses charges against U.S. nongovernmental pro-democracy workers. CFR’s Steven A. Cook discusses the implications this has for U.S. aid to Egypt.

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