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A brief look at the stories making headlines in the Russian-language press

UN Reforms: Not Just More Membership

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was correct when she started off the administration's contribution to the UN reform debate by declaring that the burning question of who should join an expanded Security Council must not overwhelm other issues

Beyond Apparatchiks and Refuseniks

These folks register their operations, sign a fictitious contract and take in funds by bank transfer, then cash out and close up shop before the quarterly tax reports are due.

Open Letters, Closed Minds

It's open-letter season again. Let me tell you about open letters. They are important, both as what they are and what they pretend to be. First, let's look at what they pretend to be: expressions of public opinion, or, rather, a well-chosen sampling of public opinion, to which officials can point in order to justify their actions.

Spain Legalizes Same-Sex Marriages

Parliament legalized gay marriage Thursday, defying conservatives and clergy to make predominantly Roman Catholic Spain the world's third country to officially recognize same-sex unions.

Man Waits One Year in Airport for Citizenship

After nearly 13 months at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Sanjai Shah can safely drop his protest and leave. He is not about to, though.

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