Global Politics

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Why vote for Scotland's independence? A Scottish teen explains his reasons

Sixteen-year-old James Kane from Oban, Scotland, was undecided until this week on whether to vote for independence for Scotland. He's not your usual teen. He interviewed leaders of many of Scotland's political parties before making up his mind. But he is typical in that teens from 16 on up will get to vote in this special referendum on the country's future.

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European Union prepares to adopt 24th official language as costs mount, calls for English rise

In the European Union, every language is an official language. Government officials speak in the official language of their country, and those comments are then translated into 22, soon to be 23, other languages. All of that costs $1.4 billion per year — and that total will increase when Croatian becomes an official language later this year.

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Walt & Mearsheimer in Israel

The authors Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer have drawn fierce criticism in the US for their book, "The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy,� and some Jewish leaders have accused them of being anti-Semitic and anti-Israel