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Europe Set For Deep Recession, Economists Warn

Europe's economy is facing its worst recession in at least two decades, economists warned today, after figures showed that the region's economy contracted 1.5pc in the final three months of last year.

The Eurozone economy, whose biggest members are Germany and France, shrank 1.5pc in the fourth quarter compared with the third quarter - a steeper fall than economists had expected. Germany had the worst fall, with the economy shrinking the most since the country was reunified in 1990.

Many of Europe's other economies fared little better during a quarter in which the collapse of Lehman Brothers deepened the financial crisis and helped tip countries into recession. France shrank 1.2pc; Italy was was down 1.2pc and Spain weakened 1pc.

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How To Save Investigative Reporting?

Efforts to save print newspapers are missing the point. The real question is how to save investigative reporting

(By Bruce Ackerman and Ian Ayres | The Guardian)

The traditional newspaper is dying. The Evening Standard has been sold off for a pound to a former KGB agent, the Los Angeles Times is bankrupt and even the New York Times is in trouble. Mexican plutocrat Carlos Slim may become its largest shareholder in return for financing the paper's billion-dollar debt. Except for the financial press, newspapers have failed to convince readers to pay for online access – and there is no reason to think that readers will suddenly succumb to the charms of PayPal.

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Madagascar Rebel Appoints 'Ministers,' Calls Strike

ANTANANARIVO (AFP) — Madagascar opposition leader Andry Rajoelina on Tuesday called for a general strike and named four "ministers," as his deadly power struggle with the regime showed no sign of letting up.

Andry Rajoelina pressed on with his rival administration even as foreign brokers struggled to promote dialogue with President Marc Ravalomanana after 28 people were killed at the weekend when security opened fire on a protest.

Speaking to a crowd of around 5,000 demonstrators in the capital Antananarivo, Rajoelina urged the troubled Indian Ocean island nation to observe a general strike on Wednesday.

"Tomorrow nobody will leave their homes. Workers will not report for work and pupils will not go to school," said Rajoelina.

Around 100 people have died in protests and ensuing riots since the start of the year, with the 34-year-old Rajoelina drawing wide support against a president he accuses of being a dictator starving his people.

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Gaza And Its Aftermath (by Noam Chomsky)

For more than three weeks, starting December 27th, Gaza and its 1.5 million people bore the brunt of a massive Israeli military campaign, supported and abetted by the US government. While Israel has now stopped its devastating air and ground operations in Gaza, it continues the total blockade from both the land and the sea, still pursuing the futile goal of trying to destroy Hamas and allied resistance groups by punishing the population around them.

Noam Chomsky gives a preliminary assessment of the US-Israel war on Gaza and its consequences in an interview conducted by Assaf Kfoury on January 31, 2009. The Arabic translation of the interview will appear in the Beirut daily as-Safir.

The public response in the US:

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Death Toll Climbs in Australia Fires

SYDNEY: The police confirmed that at least one of the deadly wildfires that killed 173 people and left hundreds homeless over the weekend in the worst firestorm ever to strike Australia was set by arsonists, and established a special task force on Tuesday to hunt down the offenders.

Officials have set up crime scenes around huge tracts of land across the southern state of Victoria, where the fires leveled towns and razed at least 750 houses on Saturday, as forensic investigators picked through the charred wreckage. The police have warned that the death toll will continue to rise as more victims are pulled from the rubble.

The state police chief, Christine Nixon, told reporters on Tuesday that one of the fires, which killed at least 21 people in the eastern region of Gippsland, was deliberately lit, and said the police "believe there may be more."

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"Exterminate all the Brutes": Gaza 2009

By Noam Chomsky

On Saturday December 27, the latest US-Israeli attack on helpless Palestinians was launched. The attack had been meticulously planned, for over 6 months according to the Israeli press. The planning had two components: military and propaganda. It was based on the lessons of Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon, which was considered to be poorly planned and badly advertised. We may, therefore, be fairly confident that most of what has been done and said was pre-planned and intended.

That surely includes the timing of the assault: shortly before noon, when children were returning from school and crowds were milling in the streets of densely populated Gaza City. It took only a few minutes to kill over 225 people and wound 700, an auspicious opening to the mass slaughter of defenseless civilians trapped in a tiny cage with nowhere to flee.

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Blackwater Kicked Out of Iraq

U.S. Embassy's Preferred Contractor Accused of Killings

The Iraqi government has informed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that it will not issue a new operating license to Blackwater Worldwide, the embassy's primary security company, which has come under scrutiny for allegedly using excessive force while protecting American diplomats, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday.

Iraq's Interior Ministry conveyed its decision to U.S. officials in Baghdad on Friday, in one of the boldest moves the government has made since the Jan. 1 implementation of a security agreement with the United States that sharply curbed American power in Iraq.

Blackwater employees who have not been accused of improper conduct will be allowed to continue working as private security contractors in Iraq if they switch employers, Iraqi officials said Wednesday.

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Iceland Facing Bankruptcy

Two years ago, Iceland was top of the UN living index. Now it is in the frontline of the global economic crisis after the failure of its banks, reports Sophie Morris in Reykjavik.

Just a few short years ago, Iceland had much to be proud of. The good times were rolling so fast that one expected the country's almost round-the-clock summer daylight to last all year. Business was booming, society overfed, and the capital, Reykjavik, was in vogue as a travel destination for rich revellers, gastronomes and culture lovers.

Iceland is a country of dramatic natural beauty: lunar landscapes, spouting geysers, sheer glaciers and craggy volcanic rock formations; an impressive but inhospitable isle floating in mid-Atlantic isolation. When, in 2007, it topped the UN's Human Development Index for its high standard of living, literacy and life expectancy, the tiny community of 310,000 felt they had proved their educated, hard-working and resilient character on an international scale.

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China Celebrates the Year of the Ox

Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox in the Chinese lunar calendar, kicking off a 15-day celebration in China and around the globe.

Around Sarasota, most of the celebrations were truncated into two days over the weekend.

The new year celebration, during which ethnic Chinese and sinophiles -- people who admire and study Chinese culture -- gather to watch dragon dances, eat specially prepared food and visit with family, heralds a year that is expected to bring hope and prosperity.

The Chinese zodiac system is based on animals, and this new year is the Year of the Ox, an animal that symbolizes calm, hard work, resolve and tenacity.

Because the Chinese calendar is based on the moon's rotation, the new year can occur anytime from mid-January to late February.

The calendar, is based on 12 temperaments represented by 12 symbolic animals — rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

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African Immigration to Europe

Amazing pictures found in the Big Picture section of the Boston.com website.

"Tens of thousands of Africans - men, women and children fleeing their homeland - attempt to make the perilous trip from their home countries to Europe every year, seeking refuge, asylum and economic opportunity.

Some travel thousands of miles overland, being handed from smuggler to smuggler, ending up at one of many ports in northern Africa, to be packed into makeshift boats and make treacherous sea crossings to European soil, to places like Spain's Canary Islands and tiny Malta where they hope to either sneak in unnoticed, or, if intercepted, be allowed to stay.

Many do not survive the journey.

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