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Poll: Americans see their country in decline
Dec 6th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Major survey finds

first-ever majority that

sees US on the wane

The Pew Research Center conducted the opinion poll on American foreign policy.

A LITTLE NOTICED but hugely important public opinion survey released this week shows that Americans see their country’s influence in the world diminishing – confirming what has become obvious to many abroad.
The survey by the Pew Research Center titled America’s Place in the World 2013 could have major implications for American foreign policy.
In fact, some say it has already done so.
Public support for global engagement, already low, has fallen even further. Experts blame “war fatigue” – the legacy of the Bush/Cheney years of foreign misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As negotiations proceed with Iran, Afghanistan and Syria, the impact of these trends could be enormous and global.


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Nelson Mandela: A giant of a man

Nelson Mandela was a giant of a man who suffered almost 30 years of imprisonment for his opposition to Apartheid. He rose from humble origins to become the first democratically elected president of the Rainbow Nation.
His passing in Johannesburg will be mourned by the entire world.
Mandela contributed to every single one of us with his life’s work. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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UK government attacks press freedom everywhere

PUBLIC LYNCHING OF GUARDIAN EDITOR AN OMINOUS SIGN
The British government on Tuesday struck a blow against press freedom everywhere with its public inquisition of the editor of The Guardian newspaper.
The reporting by The Guardian, The New York Times and others on the Snowden documents has revealed serious lapses in government oversight, particularly in the U.S.
It is deeply troubling that British politicians would mount such a ferocious attack on press freedom. Journalists everywhere should stand with The Guardian in resisting this blatant intimidation.


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Spying scandal: lies, truth and the need to earn a living

REPORTER GREENWALD MOUNTS PASSIONATE, CONVINCING DEFENSE
A vituperative verbal battle has broken out about the journalist at the center of the reporting on the documents leaked by Edward Snowden: Glenn Greenwald has responded with a passionate, extensive and convincing defense of his methods and actions.
It is an absolutely must-read for anyone who cares about how the most startling and significant revelations about government wrongdoing have been exposed – and, likely, will continue to be so.


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Sign of the season: Consumers urged to spend, spend, spend

MILLIONS CAN’T AFFORD TO SHOP AT THEIR OWN WORKPLACES
The shameful truth is that for a huge number of those serving the shopping hordes, the only future is one of bleak, minimum-wage survival.
It’s a national disgrace, which could so easily be changed.
Raising the minimum wage is without question a political issue. If politics is the art of the possible, then the possibility of improving the lives of millions of Americans – without harming the vast majority – seems within reach.


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Imponderable questions: What is the meaning of life?

MILLENNIALS SEARCH FOR ANSWERS, BUT WORD OF THE YEAR IS ‘SELFIE’
Young men and women coming of age since the Great Recession are seeking more than material success in life.
They are seeking a meaningful life, defined as having more concern for others and less interest in material goods.
This concern for others is what adds meaning to life,
Indeed, that is a worthy life goal, the essence of what one could call a life well lived.


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