Angelo Kooijman

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Russia's Brain Drain Is Astounding

Although emigration trended downward from 1997 to 2011, there was a sudden spike in people leaving the country around the third term of President Vladimir Putin, according to Rosstat, Russia's federal state statistics service.<p>In 2012, almost 123,000 people left, and in 2013, more than 186,000 got …

'Final Fantasy Type-0 HD' Trailer Shows A World At War

In addition to the big budget Final Fantasy 15 on the way, we also have an HD remake of the rather good Final Fantasy Type-0 to look forward to. Originally released back in 2011, it was a solid action role-playing game similar to Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7 but stylistically closer to the more …

Putin says Russia scrapping South Stream gas pipeline, blames Europe

Russian President<p>Vladimir Putinannounced during a visit to Turkey on Monday that the Kremlin is scrapping its $10-billion South Stream pipeline project that would have bypassed Ukraine to bring natural gas to Southern Europe.<p>Putin blamed<p>European Unionanti-monopoly policies for derailing the project …

Obama buys 17 titles at independent bookstore

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama tried to draw attention to independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, a day that is …

North Korea's 'princess' moves closer to center of power

SEOUL (Reuters) - In her slim-fitting trouser suits and black-heeled shoes, Kim Yo Jong cuts a contrasting figure to her pudgy older brother, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.<p>On Thursday, state media said the younger Kim, 27, had taken a senior position in the ruling Workers’ Party, confirming …

What’s the secret to holding your breath?

Some can manage five minutes, others barely one. But the trick to holding your breath is actually rather surprising<p>How long can you hold your breath? I’m trying it right now. The first 30 seconds are easy. I’m ready to give up at 45 seconds but I push on through, and it seems to get easier for a …

That Time Angela Merkel Destroyed Putin's Machismo

So they work together often — although not always smoothly.<p>"When Putin and Merkel meet, they sometimes speak in German (he's better in her language than she is in his), and Putin corrects his own interpreter to let Merkel know that nothing is lost on him," George Packer of The New Yorker writes in …

How Do I Get to Antarctica?

It used to be that traveling to Antarctica meant playing Russian roulette with your life. Tourism to the coldest, driest, and windiest place on Earth started in earnest in the 1950s, but even 15 years ago, getting there was a challenge. These days, trips to the continent can be tackled with …

Glenn Beck’s Santa nightmare: Why his new Kris Kringle story will horrify you

<b>Glenn Beck; "The Immortal" (AP/Timothy D. Easley/American Dream Labs/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Beck’s new project, “The Immortal,” depicts Santa Claus like your kids have never seen before. And it gets worse<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>November 20, 2014 4:59pm (UTC)<p>After Glenn Beck's recent announcement that …

Vladimir Putin vows that United States 'will never subjugate Russia'

Russian president echoes Al Capone as he says 'weapons and politeness' are better than 'politeness alone'<p>Vladimir Putin issued a defiant message to the West on Tuesday, accusing the United States of trying to "subjugate" Russia while promising it would never succeed.<p>The Russian president also …

Germany's Merkel toughens tone with Russia's Putin

<b>The face of Russian President Vladimir Putin stares out from the front page of one of Germany's most popular broadsheets. Germany's relationship with Russia has occupied the headlines and preoccupied its politicians for months.</b><p>This week, in a speech in Australia, Chancellor Angel Merkel appeared to …

Some Russians Are 'Horrified' By The Lax New Gun Legislation

The new policy allows the use of weapons to "protect their lives, health and property" but not against "women, disabled persons, and minors, unless they attacked you with a group and arms," according to an analysis by Russian media site Arguments and Facts.<p>These weapons include "long-barreled …