Palestinians wave flags during a public screening of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' speech at the United Nations, in the West Bank city of Ramallah September 23, 2011. Abbas asked the United Nations on Friday to recognize a state for his people, even though Israel still occupies its territory and the United States has vowed to veto the move.  (REUTERS/DARREN WHITESIDE)


Part of the Keystone pipeline (solid line) is already working. Construction on Keystone XL (red dotted line) is supposed to start soon so oil can flow to the Gulf.


Sovereignty as defined in political science textbooks — “omnipotent, permanent, original, illimitable, indivisible, internal and external” — doesn’t exist on Planet Earth, governed as it is by the harsh realities of geopolitics.

Syria President Bashar al-Assad.  (AP file photo)

Internally displaced Somali women wait for food at a camp in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, on July 20, 2011. People in the rebel-controlled south and south-central parts of the country, whose livelihoods have been devastated by a combination of factors - from drought to conflict and global rises in commodity prices - have been left no choice but to walk for days to find food. Many of the thousands of families who managed to reach Mogadishu lost children along the way to starvation.  (Omar Faruk/Reuters)

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