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  1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

    Dear readers,

    For those of you who have now read this list and January’s, please let me know in the comments here if you prefer a list grounded almost exclusively in the important military and political developments as I did with January’s list or if you would rather the list be more broad and cover also the most important religious, sporting, and entertainment news of the month?

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, author of http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-alleged-witches.php and http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-fascinating-quotations-by-napoleon.php and http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-important-world-news-stories-of-january-2013.php and http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-important-world-news-stories-of-february-2013.php and http://www.urbantitan.com/top-10-most-influential-founders-of-world-religions/ and http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-people-executed-by-guillotine.php and http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-reasons-we-should-consider-building-a-battlestar-and-not-a-death-star.php and well, you get the idea! :)

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    1. PaxD75 at |

      I didn’t even realize toptenz was doing anything like this (I missed the January update – will look over now). I browse Google News and occasionally some other news sources but mostly stick with technical stuff (feeds). Unless something really breaks out, I miss it. This is a great way to catchup when there is soooo much stuff out there.

      I prefer the more rounded entries you posted just now (I’m sure there will be lots of debate here). I also wouldn’t mind seeing this done weekly!

      Another option, or course, is to break it up as… The ‘Top Ten Military/Political Stories’ and ‘Top Ten Non-Military/Political Stories”.

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      1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

        Hello!

        These two articles are something new we are trying. If they get good enough of response, I will keep writing them. Because they are in an experimental phase, we wanted to see which format proved more popular.

        Best,

        Matthew

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  2. Kemkle at |

    Iran and N. Korea continue to threaten world peace?
    If they’ve THREATENED world peace I wonder what the USA or Israel has done?

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Dear Kemkle,

      Thank you for response!

      I must ask, has President Obama said that Iran must be “destroyed” as Iran’s president has said about Israel? See http://www.france24.com/en/20120817-iran-ahmadinejad-slams-cancerous-tumour-israel-nuclear-war-protest-zionist

      As for North Korea, please see http://www.thedailybeast.com/cheats/2012/08/19/north-korea-warns-of-sacred-war.html among many similar articles over the past several years.

      I certainly would not claim Israel and the United States is right about everything and ideally I would like to see North and South Korea reunify peacefully and as for Iran, I would rather it have a Shah than an Ayatollah in charge, but clearly the Kim family in Korea that are revered as quasi-gods and Ahmadinejad in Iran speak in such a way that does indeed result in their opponents responding with threats of their own. Moreover, it seems fairly likely that Iran has a presence in the Syrian Civil War as well.

      Sincerely,

      Matthew

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  3. i am sparticus at |

    nice article ..stick to politics & millitary ..i prefer the january..ive got a few questions..are you really a doctor?do you get paid for these lists(because you should imo)

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Hello!

      Yes, I earned my doctorate from The Ohio State University in history, which I now teach for some universities in Ohio. I was not paid initially for the January list, but was then paid a lump sum this past weekend for that list and this list. TopTenz does generally pay list contributors, although for the January one as it was my idea and we weren’t sure how it would do (plus, my primary motivation was educational, i.e. something for my World Civilization II students), I submitted it on an “only pay me if it seems to be doing okay” basis.

      By the way, have you been watching the most recent season of Spartacus on Starz?

      Best,

      Matthew

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  4. idiocracy at |

    Dear writer,

    I want to ask you 1 thing. if Korea has threatened world peace. What has the US done when they killed countless civillians just to bring world peace, other civvies because of their hunt for 1 man. Or America, where when you buy a DVD, you nearly get a gun for free, because hey, nothing bad ever happens.
    Why is it so bad according to Americans that N-Korea and Iran are building nukes, when you yourself as a country, threaten world peace itself by constantly “bringing” democracy, killing civillians and other such stuff. Isn’t this a bit of “Let’s blaim country X for acting like we are”

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      I have never encountered anywhere in America where you get a free gun for buying a DVD…

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      1. idiocracy at |

        It’s called an example. let’s see: Open a Bank account, free shotgun. Has been shown several times. buy a car, get a revolver. Need I go on? Or is this yet another “dr” that thinks America is allowed to do whatever the hell it wants, while the rest of the world has to sit at it’s heels.

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        1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

          These are rare and extreme examples that are far, far from the norm of most of the country. America is one of the largest countries on Earth in terms of geographic size and it also has a population over 300 million. Sure, you are going to find extremists out of such large numbers, but having personally traveled to many states, I have yet to encounter any kind of buy a car, open a bank account, etc. get a free gun anywhere. They are not things we typically run into here. Those who find these rare examples of such “deals” have to search far and wide to find them, because they are so unusual to the mainstream. In various countries around the world, you’ll find people who claim they were abducted by aliens, but it hardly represents the majority viewpoint of these countries. Similarly, if you find a couple rare examples of free gun deals out of millions of stores across the country it is not really illustrative of the whole country. We probably have many more Amish in our country than stores that offer free gun deals for starting a bank account. As such, if we are going with minority examples being representative of the country as a whole, then we should also be characterized by peace-loving Amish. :)

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    2. gisman at |

      Yeah, and these other countries aren’t killing civillians either. Give me a break! Also, guns are expensive and I have yet to get one free. Lastly, it’s spelled “blame” not “blaim”. Go get an education!

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  5. THATguy at |

    Nice to see you trying to keep the official U.S. propaganda line alive and well….N. Korea and Iran a THREAT to world peace?? And yet again, Tel Aviv and Washington get a pass..the jig is up, doc, people arent falling for these lies anymore like in the old days. We’re the seeing the end results of what our government keeps trying to hide from us on a daily basis.What a laughing stock these lists have become.Stick to your day job, “doctor”…..whatever that is.

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  6. person at |

    Uh how is #7 “WORLD” news………..

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      The United States receives mail sent by people from just about all over the world.

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  7. Joshua Y. at |

    I enjoyed the less-political/military list. Movies can have historic impacts. Not that I am anything more than ambivalent about the new Star Wars, if not a little scared. Maybe 30% excited and 70% scared.

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  8. Regal A at |

    Number 7, I’m not a big fan of what they’re doing, but I can understand why they’re doing it. For me, when I order a package I kinda look forward to receive it on Saturday if that gets to be the arrival date. I can actually be home when the mail comes. I also like that Saturday was a mailing day because it seemed like it was an extra day to get mail to us faster since we usually just think about weekdays our main work days. For me I would like us to keep Saturday mailing days. There’s a lot that goes on with the decision of course so maybe it’ll be fine

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  9. Christie Wade at |

    Great article. I could not believe it when I heard the Pope resigned. 598 years without a single resignation and Pope Benedict XVI declares his resignation because of “old age”?! There is no way. There has to be more; I agree that his resignation must have been partly because of the scandals happening within the Catholic Church.

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Dear Christie,

      Thanks! If this list gets some more likes, Tweets, and comments before the end of the month, I plan to write a new one covering March’s stories. :) I have so far identified four events worthy of inclusion… Can anyone guess what they are?

      Best,

      Matthew

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  10. Tyler at |

    I find this article the most interesting yet, mainly because of the Star Wars entry at number 8. Hopefully, like everyone else hiding it i have a huge obsession with Star Wars and the movies. I was glad to read up on more on the new movie as well as a pinball machine, but as I’ve heard Disney is making the movie so im not too sure about that but i guess we’ll have to wait and see.

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  11. Lindsay B at |

    Dr Z,

    I like the less-political/military list. I enjoy reading world events from all over the spectrum such as entertainment (Star Wars) to history (Richard III) to religious (Pope’s resignation). I hope you will write one for March.

    -Lindsay B

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Dear Lindsay,

      Thank you for your feedback. I am planning on writing one for March, but I am focusing on grading midterm essays before I resume list writing.

      Best,

      MZ

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  12. Nikhil at |

    A great list.
    I think pakistan is also threating world peace.

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    1. Dr. Matthew D. Zarzeczny, FINS at |

      Thanks! In what ways do you think Pakistan is threatening world peace?

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