Monthly Archives: February 2015

U.S. May Slow Withdrawal From Afghanistan

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Thursday Review’s Alan Clanton examines Ashton Carter’s recent decision to ask that the planned withdrawal of U.S. military personnel from Afghanistan be delayed to allow for better training of Afghan security forces; Thursday Review Front Page article: U.S. May Slow Withdrawal From Afghanistan; February 22, 2015.

Brian Williams Resigns From Congressional Medal Board

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Thursday Review examines Brian Williams’ recent troubles, and his resignation from the board of directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. Media Page article here: Williams Resigns From Congressional Medal Board; February 20, 2015.

Expedia Will Buy Orbitz

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Thursday Review looks at the merger of two of the largest web-based travel services, Expedia and Orbitz, leaving only Price Line as the major competitor; what effect will this have on online booking for tickets and hotels?  Front Page article here: Expedia Will Buy Orbitz, Thursday Review; February 13, 2015.

Brian Williams: A Brief Hiatus From NBC News?

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NBC News anchor Brian Williams has taken a leave of absence from his desk for at least two weeks; his departure comes as a result of questions about his retelling of a wartime incident in Iraq, now discredited; will the popular and well-liked anchor return? Or is his career now finished at NBC News? Media Page article: Brian Williams: A Brief Hiatus From NBC News.

Argentina’s Cold Case Turns Hot, Again

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Thursday Review‘s Alan Clanton looks at the 20 year old terrorism case in Argentina, a bombing in Buenos Aires which killed 85 people and injured more than 300; investigators say Iran was the culprit. But the prosecutor was found dead recently, shot in the head only one day before he was to present his case to Congress and issue an arrest warrant for Argentina’s President. Thursday Review Front Page article: Argentina’s Prosecutor Planned to Arrest Top Politicians; February 4, 2015.

We Are All Kenji Goto

 

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Thursday Review‘s Alan Clanton looks at the legacy of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, who just wanted to report on the humanitarian crisis Syria’s civil war has wrought; instead he was used as a pawn by ISIS and murdered. Can journalists safely report in the Middle East? Thursday Review Front Page article: We Are All Kenji Goto; February 2, 2015.

Protesters Return to Streets in Hong Kong

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Thursday Review looks at the pro-Democracy movement Occupy Central in Hong Kong; after a year of activity, the movement looked exhausted, but have the protesters staged a comeback?  And will their protests change the way China wants to manage Hong Kong’s 2017 elections? Thursday Review Front Page article: Protesters Return to Streets of Hong Kong; February 2, 2015. 

Parents of the 43 Missing Want Answers

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Photo by Encarni Pindado/Fusion

Thursday Review‘s Alan Clanton looks at the case of the missing 43 students; allegedly kidnapped by local police in Mexico, handed over to a criminal cartel, and murdered, their bodies burned beyond the ability to identify them, even using DNA. Parents want answers as the horrific crime rocks Mexico; Features Page article; Thursday Review; January 30, 2015.

Caterpillar: Suffering Worldwide?

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Caterpillar is one of those companies that economists watch carefully for signs of ups or downs, as its movements often serve as a harbinger of things to come; will Caterpillar weather the storm of a tough global economy? Thursday Review Business article: Caterpillar: Suffering From Low Oil Prices? February 3, 2015.

The Really BIG Apple!

 

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Image courtesy of Apple

Thursday Review looks at how Apple became the company with the biggest profit of any company in the history of bookkeeping (in any country), and how the California-corporation has more cash than any entity in the world. But can Apple keep it up? Or will it reach a plateau? Read the article: The Really BIG Apple; Thursday Review staff; January 30, 2015.