Arab Spring: The Kings and the Presidents

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*+-John Peeler: Just as with the fall of the Soviet Bloc in Eastern Europe, success in Tunisia encouraged protesters elsewhere; success in the most important Arab state, Egypt, meant that success was conceivable anywhere.

Vet Caucus Leader Calls for End to Afghan War

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*+-Rick Reyes: The report Saturday that the crash of a Chinook helicopter killed 30 U.S. troops in Afghanistan is just one more sad reason we need to end operations sooner rather than later in that theatre of war. I’ve been there and we need to get our brothers and sisters home now.

Harold and Eartha Have Left ‘The Room’

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*+-Britons call him “THE” playwright. Americans recognise her more as television’s Catwoman than the sexy singer who turned heads long into her 70s. Nobel laureate ‘Sir’ Harold Pinter and music legend Eartha Kitt passed away within hours of each other Christmas Day. We are all the poorer.

Reporting for Duty in Vietnam

*+-Chicken Hawks Talk like tough guys. They’ll send your kids to war but they never reported to duty themselves and they make sure their own kids don’t serve duty.