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  • CBO analysis finally lets us get to the bottom of the much-disputed question of whether or not the recovery package is genuinely fast-acting.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Haul

  • Military officials say the unidentified wooden posts were last week removed from Boxall Reef, which is part of the much-disputed Spratly group of islands.

    Philippines Removes Foreign Markers From Disputed South China Sea Reefs

  • More than 200 people were reported to have been killed yesterday in the Syrian city of Homs as security forces continued their efforts to take back opposition-held areas on the eve of a vote by the UN security council on a much-disputed resolution on the country.

    Syria: more than 200 dead after 'massacre' in Homs

  • Nerd prompt: Does this “Daisy” trivia lend more credence to the much-disputed theory that in addition to standing for Heuristically Programmed Algorithmic Computer, HAL is really named HAL because its letters are one step ahead of IBM?

    HAL 9000 vs. IBM 7094: Which 'Daisy' is creepier? |

  • Usually when the much-disputed "big society" is invoked, it's to convey an idealised vision of local, small-scale schemes, summoning up images of voluntary work in church halls and after-school clubs.

    Vivien Duffield: The women who thinks it's better to give | The Observer profile

  • The first was in the late 1950s, when years of kitchen experimentation by the late Joe "Spud" Murphy, proprietor of the cunningly named Tayto crisp company in Ireland, culminated in the invention of what is generally (though not, crisp history being a much-disputed field, universally) agreed to be the world's first crisp seasoning: Cheese & Onion.

    Crisps: a very British habit

  • According to human rights groups in Honduras, there have been 48 documented assassinations of Resistance members since the putsch last summer, with 15 coming since the inauguration of much-disputed President Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo, on January 28.

    Jeremy Kryt: Honduras: Lost or 'Re-founded'?

  • Well, he was the same age, and slender (and dark, with a very misleading chin, stubbled, stubborn-looking); and he occupied that much-disputed territory between five foot six and five foot seven.

    'The Pregnant Widow'

  • With the 31st anniversary of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution coming up on February 11, two facts remain clear about the Green Movement, which has sprouted like a spring lawn since last year's much-disputed June 12 Iran election.

    Iran's Green Stubborn Streak

  • And that leads us into the quagmire that is the unresolvable conflict between those who believe in "humane animal husbandry", and those who believe that "meat is murder", and all the gray areas in between - not to mention the convoluted and much-disputed environmental aspects of beef production.

    Neil Zevnik: To Beef or Not to Beef: Musings of a Healthy Carnivore


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