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Depression Dynamic Ensues as Markets Revisit 1930s Bloomberg | While we may not yet be in a depression, Rich Miller argues that current trends are grave news for the U.S. economy. When it officially goes from downturn to depression is difficult to determine precisely, but whichever "d" word applies, this generation "might draw some of the same lessons" as our grandparents did in the 1930s.
The Most Dangerous Place in the World Foreign Policy | New York Times correspondent Jeffrey Gettleman recounts his many trips to Somalia in recent years and describes the lawless chaos that makes most international hot spots seem tame by comparison.
Launch Firing up Korean Tensions BBC | U.S. and South Korean forces gather every year for joint military drills, but the North, which is preparing to launch a communications satellite, is particularly irate this time around. Although threatening rhetoric is nothing new on the Korean Peninsula, relations have deteriorated since South Korean President Lee Myung-bak suspended no-strings-attached aid and adopted a tougher stance on the dismantling of nuclear facilities.
Iraq's Unspeakable Crime: Mothers Pimping Daughters Time | Iraqi sex traffickers operate under the radar, perpetuating a problem that has gathered little scrutiny from the government in recent years. One activist is trying to expose this tragic outgrowth of war, while facing death threats and indifference.
President’s Political Protector Is Ever Close at Hand New York Times | David Axelrod, who had candidate Obama's ear throughout the 2008 presidential election, is now influencing the President from his seat near the Oval Office.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 10, 2009; 8:28 AM ET
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