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A lot has happened in foreign policy this past month. The Greek economic crisis continues and the International Monetary Fund is warning of a gloomy outlook for the Eurozone; the Iran nuclear arms deal has been accepted by all parties; and the United States and Cuba continue to move ever closer to normal diplomatic relations after decades.

In addition, President Obama has been on a state visit to Africa since last Friday. Foreign policy contributor Art Cyr comments on the President's message to Africa and the many other recent events underway across the Atlantic:

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Atkins, Weight Watchers, Paleo, low-carb, no-carb, juicing, cleansing… there are countless weight loss programs out there. So many in fact that choosing the right one can be a difficult and daunting task.

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Nathaniel Stern's intensity is palpable. The media artist always has multiple bodies of work going on simultaneously, he's a Fulbright scholar, a professor of art, a parent.  Talking with him, you get the impression he never stops thinking about, or exploring, art and life.

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Marquette Law School convenes a conference on Tuesday on ways that Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana can think regionally regarding economic cooperation. 

The conference, Public Attitudes in the Chicago Megacity: Who are we, and what are the possibilities?, will bring government and business leaders to examine public attitudes regarding regional economic cooperation.

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Tia Nelson found herself in the center of  controversy at the close of her tenure as executive secretary of Wisconsin's Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. She resigned from her post last week.

The agency recently prohibited staff from talking about or working on anything to do with climate change.

Nelson is the daughter of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson and is committed to carrying on her father’s environmental legacy.

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If you've been looking for a way to live a more sustainable lifestyle, a great place to start is giving up your well-manicured lawn for something less taxing on your time and the environment.

No place is better manicured and meticulously planned like the Allen Centennial Gardens located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Other than being a beautiful place to visit, the gardens serve as a teaching tool for UW students, the public, and green industry across the state.

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It’s probably safe to say that fans of science fiction are fans of technology. From Star Trek or Doctor Who to the novels of Isaac Azimov or Ernest Cline, technology plays a major role. Usually the capabilities described in those books or TV series are far more advanced than anything we currently use or could even imagine.

However, reality has been rapidly catching up with fiction over the past 20 years, and along with it have come ethical and moral questions only confronted in fictional worlds.

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Over the last six years the University of Minnesota Monarch Lab has collaborated with the US Forest Service to reach teachers around the country with the latest in monarch butterfly biology and ecology. In turn, teachers pass the information on to their students and hope to ignite a passion for conservation.

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There comes a time in an artist's life when they have the desire and the resources to do what they want, and not worry about what a record label, producer, or even fans are asking for. 

Such is the case for Austin-based singer/songwriter Jess Klein.  Her latest album is called Learning Faith.  Leaning towards a concept album, Klein drew upon raw emotions and the aspect of faith in many areas of life. 

"I’ve always had an interest in spirituality. I’ve never had a religion but I’ve always felt a longing to connect to something bigger," says Klein.

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Besides passion and drive, filmmakers need money to finish, and even start, projects.

Milwaukee Film recently announced its Brico Forward Fund. The idea behind the fund is to encourage local filmmakers to submit story treatments for new movies. As many as five treatments will then be chosen and awarded a significant financial jumpstart.

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