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Why I Published the Mohammed Cartoons

Childish. Irresponsible. Hate speech. A provocation just for the sake of provocation. A PR stunt. Critics of 12 cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed I decided to publish in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten have not minced their words.

Rivals Out to Snatch Gold From Slutskaya

Twenty-eight of the world's most talented and skillful figure skaters have only one aim at the Winter Olympics -- to stop Irina Slutskaya from climbing to the top of the podium.

S. Africa Property Boom Spreading to Townships

After a search and waiting period of six years, Russell Rivombo is about to move into his luxury three-bedroom, double-garage home.

Ukraina Buyer Tops Landlord Rankings

A media-shy Azeri retail tycoon, who reportedly snapped up the Ukraina Hotel for more than a quarter of a billion dollars in November, has been named as the largest commercial landlord in Moscow, with an annual income of $460 million, according to a report in the latest Russian edition of Forbes magazine.

Acclaimed Architect to Transform Island

The controversial 30-year saga of the redevelopment of one of St. Petersburg's most mysterious sites -- New Holland Island -- finally came to a close last week when St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matviyenko announced that a plan by British architect Sir Norman Foster would be adopted.

Kremlin Renovations

The Kremlin building that holds the Round Hall, where President Vladimir Putin traditionally gives his annual news conference, is to be closed for major renovations, the head of the Presidential Property Fund, Vladimir Kozhin, said last week, Izvestia reported.

American Democracy Aid to Russia

It is good news that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is planning to spend $75 million on aid to Iranian democrats and Farsi-language broadcasters.

Sacrificing Stalin

Fifty years ago this month, the Soviet Communist Party held its 20th Congress. The decisions reached at most Party congresses are long forgotten, but the events of February 1956 continue to inspire interest and debate.

In Need of a Code of Ethics

I don't know about you, but the ongoing cartoon scandal has made me a better person. I've started to spare the feelings of others, even people I find extremely unpleasant.

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