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If you’ve seen any newspaper, news website or news program this week you’ve surely seen the headline “Eurozone In Crisis.” These are tumultuous economic and political times in France, Greece and Spain and the repercussions are being felt across Europe. Many are saying this past week’s elections in France and Greece are repudiations of the continent-wide austerity measures, and the…

As much as we all love traveling and exploring the globe, sometimes it doesn’t always go quite as smoothly as we’d like. And these past few days have given us some prime examples of the fun and excitement being robbed from a trip abroad. Most notable was the San Francisco to Shanghai flight that was, well, shanghaied. The supposedly 13-hour…

Those of us who were practicing medicine back in the mid 1990’s recall the amazing “miracle pill”  Fen-Phen, a combination of two drugs called fenfluramine and phentermine, that resulted in rapid weight loss.  Its popularity was short lived, however, when it was discovered that the two medicines together could cause damage to heart valves and a serious lung condition called…

As a desperate power struggle unfolds in Libya, its neighbors fear hundreds of thousands may flee across the Mediterranean to seek asylum in Italy, Cyprus, France, Greece, Malta and Spain. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said the region should brace for a “biblical exodus” because one-third of Libya’s population—2.5 million people—are recent immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa who are now caught…

Saudi Arabia warned France that it is the target of an imminent Al-Qaida attack, French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said on October 17th. Saudi intelligence reportedly informed the French government that "France in particular" is threatened by the movement. The warning came as France remained on high alert, with military units patrolling key tourist and transportation sites in Paris and…

It’s back. That 60-mile long traffic jam on the road from Beijing to Mongolia, cleared by authorities two weeks ago, has reappeared. Latest reports put it at 75 miles long. The stated cause of the jam is a construction project that isn’t scheduled to be completed until September 17th. I guess it’s a testament to impatience, ignorance and desperation. You…

While Bastille Day is a decidedly French holiday, it is celebrated in many parts of the world.  According to Wikipedia, Belgium, Hungary, South Africa and the UK all have events scheduled. Here in the United States, over 50 cities participate, and one can even see them listed on an interactive Bastille Day map.  My favorite, not to be too parochial,…

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