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High stakes at the 5+1 Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

High stakes at the 5+1  Iran talks: The threat of a 'big war' that could involve Russia

By Sheda Vasseghi On April 14, 2012, representatives from the U.S., Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany (“5+1”) met with officials from the Islamic Republic of Iran in Istanbul to discuss its nuclear ambitions.  Discussions were preliminary and introductory, and expectations for the parties to come to any agreement were low. According to UK representative […]

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How much do Americans really want to learn from the French?

How much do Americans really want to learn from the French?

 By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The French are used to a pleasant lifestyle, cushioned by beaucoup benefits, and why not? But unlike the old tune, “C’est si bon,” sung by Yves Montand, this lifestyle comes at a high economic price. It’s is now challenged by the rising cost of these entitlements and naturally […]

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As goes France, so goes . . .

As goes France, so goes . . .

Americans arriving in Paris these days will notice that France’s planes, trains and automobiles are all being slowed or stopped by nationwide protests over President Nicolas Sarkozy’s proposal to raise the retirement age by . . . all of two years. Protesters are blockading refineries, truckers clog the roads, and yesterday air-traffic controllers walked off […]