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Traveling abroad for personal, educational or professional reasons?

Why not share your impressions — and those of residents of foreign countries about the United States — with Trib readers in 150 words?

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Contact Colin McNickle (412-320-7836 or cmcnickle@tribweb.com).

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'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010
 

Iranian President Mahmoud Ramma-Lamma-Ding-Dong, er, Ahmadinejad, suggested during last week's address before the United Terrorist Coddling Nations, er, U.N., that the United States government might have orchestrated the 9/11 attacks in an effort to bolster Israel. And here we thought budget cuts had canceled the U.N.'s Looney Tunes Guest Lecture Series. ... Washington Post reporter Amy Gardner writes that the tea party movement "has no central leadership or single goal." It's framed as a weakness. But it's the movement's greatest strength. And that the old guard doesn't understand the precept shows why there's going to be an electoral "refudiation" on Nov. 2. ... Surging Republicans have released their long-awaited governing blueprint, a "Pledge to America." Having a plan is great but follow-through, of course, is everything. If, as so many sadly suspect, there really isn't a dime's worth of difference between Democrats and Republicans, more than an electoral revolution will commence. ... More than 300 economists have signed a letter stating that failure to extend the Bush-era tax cuts will devastate growth. Obamanomics hasn't worked. What a novel idea -- return to fundamental economics. ... Offers the United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper: "The best outcome anyone now expects from December's climate summit in Mexico is that some delegates might stay awake during the meetings." Perhaps we should all order an extra cord of wood about now. We hear it's going to be a cold winter. ... Charlie Batch starts as quarterback today for the Steelers at Tampa Bay. It would be nice to think that Charlie's finally getting the respect he deserves for his character and skills. Sadly, he was picked because he's the only signal-caller the Steelers have left. Sigh.

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