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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
“There’s no more rule of law,” said Mahathir Mohamad, the 90-year-old grandee who was prime minister of Malaysia for 22 years.
You know how it is with buses? You wait ages for one, far longer than seems reasonable – and then three arrive all at once. Financial crises are a bit like that too.
One by one, the empty boxes in the Drake Equation are being filled in with actual numbers, and it’s looking good.
“No one can set the price of oil. It’s up to Allah,” said Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi in May. But less devout people believe that Saudi Arabia has been trying very hard to set the price of oil – and to set it low.
Protesters thronged Brazil’s cities on Aug. 16, demanding the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, narrowly elected to a second term just last October, but not one of them made any reference to the Peter Principle.
Reuven Rivlin, the president of Israel, is an outspoken man, but he knows when to hold his fire.
It was not so much a straw in the wind as a cheese in the wind. It’s a chewy, salty cheese that is delicious grilled: halloumi, as they call it in the Greek-speaking Republic of Cyprus, or hellim, as it is known in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus
A few weeks ago, at the height of the panic in the Chinese stock markets, a sour joke was doing the rounds: “Last month, the dog was eating what I eat
The thing to bear in mind about Tuesday’s deal between Iran and the P5+1 countries (the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) is that without it Iran could get nuclear weapons whenever it wants in a short tme.
“There are examples of species all over the world that are essentially the walking dead,” said Stanford University Professor Paul Ehrlich
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