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Vegetarianism and Veganism

February 26, 2011

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Vegetarianism and veganism, as lifestyle choices, have been growing in popularity in recent decades. Like all such changes, these movements have produced confusion, since people adhere to them with varying degrees of rigor and for many different reasons. Vegetarians, quite simply, do not eat animals. No meat, fish, shellfish, etc., but all kinds of grains, […]

Budget Deficits; Useful or Dangerous

February 17, 2011

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One of the biggest political fights right now in the United States and other countries hurt by the Great Recession is over government finances. For various reasons, they have been spending much more than they have been taking in from taxes. This is called deficit spending. It is separate from the actual level of debt. […]

Recent History of Egypt

February 8, 2011

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Egypt entered the modern era as a mostly independent subject kingdom within the Ottoman Turk empire. As the industrial revolution  took hold in Britain, the erstwhile Land of the Pharaohs was ruled by the descendants of the mercenary Ali Pasha, who maintained their position by paying tribute to the Sultan and modernizing their armies.  In […]