December 2009

Israel's 10 biggest mistakes this decade

Bradley Burston In the Mideast, dreams can only end badly. Not because messianic messages are, in and of themselves, bad dreams, but because of the nature of this place, the history which is as much imagination as it is record, as much sacred hallucination ...
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Rough sleepers find shelter and good cheer at Christmas time

Two thousand homeless people were given accommodation, food, companionship and vital services in nine centres across London and one in Newcastle by Crisis Christmas over the festive period. It was the UK's biggest volunteer-led event and Grace Boateng  ...

Keeping track of Santa's movements around the world

The North American Aerospace Defence Command, which monitors the North American airspace, set up an official "Santa Tracker" today on its website, in seven languages to find the current location and upcoming stops of Santa and his storied reindeer. Interne ...

Season's greetings from The-Latest

Wishing you the best of the season from everyone at The-Latest and our charitable arm the Citizen Journalism Educational Trust.

US Senate is to blame for climate summit failure

President Barack Obama's attempt to put China in the frame for climate change talks failure had its origins in the absence of American campaign finance reform, writes George Monbiot. The last time global negotiations collapsed like this was in Doha, i ...
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Snowstorms cause misery for travellers in Europe and America

Heavy snowfalls and blizzards have disrupted transport networks in Europe and the USA leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

Instruments of death turned into works of art

There are said to be millions of guns buried in caches all over the Republic of Mozambique, in south eastern Africa, as result of the country’s bitter 16-year civil war. When the cease-fire was finally agreed in 1992, United Nations troops were meant to d ...

Aussie humour is breathtaking

These questions from citizens in various countries were posted on an Australian tourism website and the answers are the actual responses by officials who obviously have a great sense of humour.Q: Does it ever get windy in Australia ? I have never seen it r ...

Politicians, diplomats and celebrities reveal meaning of life

UK and worldwide politicians,   diplomats and stars have revealed what life means to them in a new book titled The Handbook of Life. Baroness Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and Boris Johnson are amongst the contributors revealing their best life advice ...

The Big Issue is homelessness

Deborah HobsonIt is estimated that there are at least a million people in Britain who are homeless. Half a million of them are living on the streets or in doorways and the rest are in squats or temporary shelters. Unemployment, debt, relationship breakdown ...

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