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Pakistan’s historic elections

Last weekend, Pakistan went to the ballot box to elect its parliament. Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted in a military coup led by Pervez Musharraf in 1999, won. It is a significant milestone in Pakistan’s history: the transition from one elected government to another. So is Pakistan on the path to normalcy? It’s still a [...]

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The debt crisis affects Cyprus

This weekend’s news that the island nation of Cyprus is in need of a financial bailout proves the very real concern over economic contagion. In light of the situation there, we can effectively link the Greek bond defaults to the crisis within Cyprus Popular Bank, the most heavily exposed bank in the nation. “Cypriot banks [...]

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More sanctions for North Korea?

The U.N Security Council called an emergency meeting after the North Korean military conducted a confirmed nuclear test at an undisclosed location. A U.S. geological base in Pyongyang registered a 4.9 magnitude tremor late Tuesday night. The test is the first under the presidency of Kim Jong Eun, who went forward with it despite an [...]

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News from a “Lost Boy”

In January 2011 Need to Know sent reporter George Lerner to southern Sudan to report on one former refugee’s efforts to help rebuild his homeland in anticipation of a vote for independence.  Salva Dut, one of the “Lost Boys” (a name given to the more than 20,000 children displaced by warfare in Sudan since 1983) [...]

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Full text from the United Nations announcing drone inquiry

Statement by Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter- Terrorism and Human Rights concerning the launch of an inquiry into the civilian impact, and human rights implications of the use drones and other forms of targeted killing for the purpose of counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency. The Special Rapporteur today issued the following statement at a press [...]

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  Need to Know: January 18, 2013: Ending paralysis: New Jersey and Germany

Need to Know” anchor Jeff Greenfield explores why it now takes nearly four times as long to complete infrastructure projects in the United States than it did in the 1970′s.

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Paris murder mystery

By Eric Pape, Jan. 11, 2013 | ForeignPolicy.com PARIS — At first, it sounded like a horror story torn from the pages of American tabloids: the corpses of three women were found on the second floor office of an apartment building on Jan. 10. Two of the women had bullets holes in the back of [...]

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The silent killer

By Seamus Murphy, VII Magazine Chagas disease is Latin America’s deadliest parasitic disease, affecting 10 million people worldwide. The disease spread by the bite of the so-called “kissing bug,” Chagas can lie undetected for years before it causes severe heart and gastrointestinal problem that can ultimately kill those who do not receive treatment. Only two [...]