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Herba-Lite: Pot for the Middle Aged!

This is called Herba-Lite. It’s pot for the middle aged! © Jan Ivarsson 2015. Tweet

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Purchases Abroad Take Up Growing Portion of Chinese Luxury Spending 

Beijing, China. According to a new report by the China-based Fortune Character Institute, 78 percent of luxury purchases by Chinese consumers took place outside of mainland China this year, a number slightly higher than last year’s estimate of 76 percent. As tariffs keep luxury goods prices high in mainland China, the trend of Chinese shoppers heading abroad is […]

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Mayflower Roots – and a Metrocard – Get One on the Subway

New York, N.Y. Who we are is shaped by where we have been as much as by where we wish to go. For me, knowing where my family has been over the last several centuries gives me the sense that I fit into the world as I should without worry about my place. I know […]

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From 2012: Charlie Sheen Gives USO $1 Million – Biggest in its History

Percentage of Actor’s Anger Management Show Profits to Benefit Facility for Injured Troops in Bethesda, MD Los Angeles, CA.  Charlie Sheen has announced that he will donate 1% of the profits from his new FX show Anger Management to the USO, with the actor guaranteeing a minimum of $1 million and an unlimited cap on […]

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China Plans for Mainland Police in H.K. Rail Station Spark Controversy

Washington, D.C. A new high-speed rail line that will link mainland China and Hong Kong is drawing criticism over Beijing’s plans to place mainland Chinese police officers in the Hong Kong train station. People’s Armed Police. Photo: Wikipedia. The planned West Kowloon terminus for the railway linking Kowloon and Guangzhou is not scheduled to open until […]

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European Border Restrictions on Refugees Violate Human Rights

New York, N.Y. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Balkan States today that border restrictions based on a refugee’s or migrant’s nationality infringed human rights, with the United Nations refugee agency reporting that 1,000 people are already stranded, 60 of them on hunger strike and 11 reportedly stitching up their mouths in protest. Syrian refugee Mohamed, his wife […]

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‘Orange the World’ Campaign Effort to End Violence Against Girls, Women

New York, N.Y. From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of hundreds of iconic monuments, starting tomorrow a United Nations call to “Orange the World” will galvanize global action calling for an end to violence against women and girls, which according to the UN’s agency for gender equality (UN Women) affects one […]

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In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

Galle, Sri Lanka. As I travel through Sri Lanka, covering the nation as it seeks reconciliation among its diverse population after decades of conflict, I am receiving e-mails from my friends at home asking me to review the basics for them. Here we go: Sri Lanka is an island nation off the southern tip of India […]

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My First Trip to Haiti: Fear and Empowerment (2001)

Port-au-Prince, Haiti. I was afraid of Haiti due to the images of overwhelming poverty, the countless coups and endless violence. But I did choose Haiti – and others joined me in this effort. Together we set off to Haiti to try to organize a Haitian committee to build the project using many of our ideas and much of our funding. […]

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Financial Analyst Agrees: Rising Global Temps Will Hurt Global GDP

New York, N.Y.  A study just released by the science journal Nature makes the connection between the rise of global temperatures and the negative impact this has on GDP around the world. . . In the study, titled “Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production,” researchers found that “fundamental productive elements of modern economies, […]

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UNDP Africa Launches Initiative to Respond to Violent Extremism

Here’s How Ikea’s Helping Make Greek Kindergartens More Joyful

Thanksgiving Ritual: Little Things that Really Mattered to Me

Obama, Hollande to Meet in Wake of Paris Attacks re: ISIS

Children Will Bear the Brunt of Climate Change – UNICEF Report

My Mother: “God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!”