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Author Alex Smirnov

“The path of justice and freedom should prevail,” Pope John Paul II urged a pilgrim audience in Rome Wednesday, calling for a peaceful resolution in the fight against terrorism, according to various news agencies. The Roman Catholic leader also confirmed that, despite some security concerns, he is still planning a Saturday visit to Kazachstan, a […] Read More

International arms sales grew 8 percent last year, reaching nearly $36.9 billion, the highest figure since 1994, according to a report by Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress. “Despite global changes since the cold war’s end, the developing world continues to be the primary focus of foreign arms sales activity by […] Read More

More Americans are turning to socially responsible investing in the stock market, a concept that has been around for decades, according to recent studies. Between 1997 and 1999, portfolios screened for social responsibility grew from $1.2 trillion to $2.16 trillion, primarily in private stock accounts, according to the Social Investment Forum. “The previous doubt was […] Read More

Last year, American companies and individuals gave more than $203 billion to charity–up 3.2 percent from 1999 in inflation-adjusted dollars–but some could afford to give more than they did. A recent study showed that charitable giving doubled since 1990, when the $100 billion threshold was topped, according to the American Association of Fundraising Counsel Trust […] Read More

Leading non-profit organizations questioned President Bush’s commitment last week to boosting community organizations after the White House decided to do without $90 billion in tax breaks to aid charities, according to the Washington Post. Dropping from the tax cut bill provisions aimed at spurring charitable giving, which was among Bush’s first campaign pledges, led to […] Read More

The creators of a recent computer worm compromising networks around the world used easily accessible resources to create the virus, according to experts from various computer security companies who examined the virus widely known as Homepage. Allegedly written in the Netherlands by three Dutch teenagers who claimed responsibility for the so-called “VBSWG.X” visual basic script, […] Read More

During the first week of May lawmakers from two states received media spotlight by considering legislative issues. ***************************************   A new measure approved by the Louisiana legislature last Tuesday implied that Charles Darwin was responsible for the racist ideologies of the late 19th century and for Adolf Hitler’s persecution of Jews, according to Salon.com. “Be […] Read More

During the first week of May lawmakers from two states received media spotlight by considering legislative issues. A new measure approved by the Louisiana legislature last Tuesday implied that Charles Darwin was responsible for the racist ideologies of the late 19th century and for Adolf Hitler’s persecution of Jews, according to Salon.com. “Be it resolved […] Read More

An estimated one million Americans declare bankruptcy each year. However, growing awareness of bankruptcy law abuses could lead President Bush to sign a bankruptcy reform bill, which would extend debtors’ responsibilities and offer credit card companies more freedom in collecting their dues. Today’s risk groups not only include rich entrepreneurs and middle-aged debtors, but also […] Read More

Proving that Muslims are the fastest-growing religious community in the United States, a study released last week found the number of U.S. mosques has increased by 25 percent in six years. The study titled “The Mosque in America: A National Portrait” found that the 1,209 mosques across the country, compared to 962 in 1994, are […] Read More