Both Canada and the U.S. share at least one thing in their political structure, their respective Senates have little democracy, poor democracy always getting it in the chin. And then, in the spirit of democracy we hear what seem to be pretty privileged folks in Texas talking about secession, though they seem to have missed a few key history lessons; there may not be international consensus on when and how people can leave a state, but the Yanks seem to have settled it - not by asking. Plus we bleed into the health care debate - will Kennedy's death be a help or a hindrance to the bill? Of course we offer up some news you might have missed:
- The ACLU calls for end to local and state law enforcement on immigration.
- New York Times reports on possible shift between Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
- New Scientist reports on the affect global warming will have on the nutritional value of wheat
- London Review of Books on the machinations of releasing the Lockerbie Bomber
- BBC's Katya Adler reports on former Israeli military commander who says Palestinian youth are routinely ill-treated.
- Foreign Policy magazine examined how the elections in Japan may result in big changes.
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