Friday, December 16, 2011

HuffPost World Daily Brief: Hitchens Dies.. New Clashes Rock Cairo.. Rare Revolt In China

Friday, December 16, 2011
CAIRO -- Soldiers stormed a protest camp outside Egypt's Cabinet building, expelling demonstrators calling for an end to military rule, just as officials were counting votes Friday in the second round of Egypt's parliamentary elections.
Antitheist Intellectual Dies At 62
Bootleg Booze Kills 170
Rare Revolt In China
The Fallen Leaders Of 2011
US Officially Ends War In Iraq
Seth Engel: Eurozone Woes - Is The Union Falling Apart?
The original goals of the European Union of were peace, stability, security, economic solidarity and the promotion of humanitarian values. In the all-out effort to retain Moody's AAA status, it is integral to keep those goals ahead of us, not in the rearview mirror.
Tom Matzzie: You Ended the War in Iraq
America is weary of war and this war has been a psychic trauma on the United States that has shaken core beliefs of many. Now that it is over we must work to end other wars and start nation building here at home.
David Frum: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
A friend of theirs once took Christopher Hitchens and his wife Carol Blue to dinner at Palm Beach's Everglades Club, notorious for its exclusion of Jews. "You will behave, won't you?" Carol anxiously asked Christopher on the way into the club. No dice. When the headwaiter approached, Christopher demanded: "Do you have a kosher menu?" Christopher was never a man to back away from a confrontation on behalf of what he considered basic decency. Yet it would be wrong to remember only the confrontational side. Christopher was also a man of exquisite sensitivity and courtesy, dispensed without regard to age or station.
Menachem Rosensaft: Criminalizing Mass Murder: 65 Years After The UN's First Condemnation Of Genocide
We must keep in mind that while posthumous justice for the victims of genocide is an important consideration, the most critical imperative has been the prevention of future carnages. One need only look at Darfur to realize that this goal is far from accomplished.
Kassie Siegel: Making Sense of the Durban Climate Talks
The hard truth about the this year's climate conference in Durban, South Africa, is that the outcome is horrendously inadequate for the scale and immediacy of the climate problem we face.

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