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Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States, Inauguration. January 20, 2009, 12.05, Washington, D.C. (Full Story)

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act -- not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do. (Full Story)
Obama's Victory Speech, Chicago, November 4, 2008.

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Remarks of President-Elect Barack Obama : Election Night

Chicago, IL | November 04, 2008

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer. (Full Story)

The following is the vidéo and the full transcript of the third and final McCain-Obama Presidential Debat held on October 15, 2008 at Hofstra University,  Hempstead, New York. The moderator was Bob Schieffer.
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In an Open Letter to Vladimir Putin, Ten scientists, including Nobel Prize winners Zhores Alferov and Vitaly Ginzburg, demand an end to the clericalization of Russian society : ‘We have watched with deepening concern the increasing clericalization of Russian society, the Church's infiltration of all areas of public life. The Constitution of the Russian Federation declares our country to be secular and separates the Church from the public education system. We address this letter to you (Full Story)
Memories of Snowdon in the 50's grew out of a photo I found in a book about Montreal streetcars by Thomas Grumly. I scanned the photo and sent it to a number of people I knew who had grown up in that area. The response was magic! "Do you remember...., wasn't that fun!...Remember the trips to......will you ever forget....." Those responses stayed with me until January 2006 when I bought an ad in the Personals section of a newspaper asking for contributions to "Memories of Snowdon in the 50's" (Full Story)
When I was very young a story told by my Rabbi made a lasting impression upon me. It is about a great East European sage of the early 20th century we call the Hafetz Hayyim, which literally means “ the Seeker of Life.” His real name was Rabbi Israel Mayer Hakohen but received his more famous title from a book he wrote about care in using speech. It comes from the verse in Psalms: who is the one who seeks life? Guard your tongue from evil and your lips from deceit. (Full Story)
By Orhan Pamuk, writer
Two years before his death, my father gave me a small suitcase filled with his writings, manuscripts and notebooks. Assuming his usual joking, mocking air, he told me he wanted me to read them after he was gone, by which he meant after he died. 'Just take a look,' he said, looking slightly embarrassed. 'See if there's anything inside that you can use. Maybe after I'm gone you can make a selection and publish it.' (Full Story)
By Harold Pinter, playwright
© Illuminations 2005.
In 1958 I wrote the following: 'There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.' I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality through art. (Full Story)
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