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Wonder What They'll Say In Another 4 Years
Excerpt: What a Difference Four Years Makes: Why U.N. inspectors left Iraq--then and now...
Posted on August 25, 2003 08:28 PM Comments: 0
Wonder What They'll Say In Another 4 Years
Excerpt: What a Difference Four Years Makes: Why U.N. inspectors left Iraq--then and now...
Posted on August 25, 2003 08:28 PM Comments: 0
Taliban - fact, fiction, or...
Excerpt: Asia Times - The face of Afghanistan's resistance...
Posted on August 25, 2003 12:52 PM Comments: 0
Taliban - fact, fiction, or...
Excerpt: Asia Times - The face of Afghanistan's resistance...
Posted on August 25, 2003 12:52 PM Comments: 0
CNN, BBC no longer on top?
Excerpt: This article from India notes: The foreign broadcasters, BBC and CNN were predictably the last to join the coverage. Compare that to the time when we had to tune in to BBC to find out that Mrs Gandhi had been...
Posted on August 25, 2003 11:19 AM Comments: 0
CNN, BBC no longer on top?
Excerpt: This article from India notes: The foreign broadcasters, BBC and CNN were predictably the last to join the coverage. Compare that to the time when we had to tune in to BBC to find out that Mrs Gandhi had been...
Posted on August 25, 2003 11:19 AM Comments: 0
Taliban Resurgence
Excerpt: Chicago Tribune: Recruits giving Taliban muscle for comeback...
Posted on August 25, 2003 09:32 AM Comments: 0
Taliban Resurgence
Excerpt: Chicago Tribune: Recruits giving Taliban muscle for comeback...
Posted on August 25, 2003 09:32 AM Comments: 0
Reality sets in?
Excerpt: Daily Times - Site Edition WASHINGTON: The United States has turned to the United Nations for help in Iraq, embraced diplomacy with North Korea and only reluctantly sent small numbers of US troops to help a West African peacekeeping mission...
Posted on August 24, 2003 09:20 PM Comments: 0
Reality sets in?
Excerpt: Daily Times - Site Edition WASHINGTON: The United States has turned to the United Nations for help in Iraq, embraced diplomacy with North Korea and only reluctantly sent small numbers of US troops to help a West African peacekeeping mission...
Posted on August 24, 2003 09:20 PM Comments: 0
Reviewing web news
Excerpt: SEATTLE (Reuters) - In a year marked by war, Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign to become California's next governor and the largest blackout in U.S. history, news junkies are facing a surging flood of news. That's why many are turning to...
Posted on August 24, 2003 09:15 PM Comments: 0
Reviewing web news
Excerpt: SEATTLE (Reuters) - In a year marked by war, Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign to become California's next governor and the largest blackout in U.S. history, news junkies are facing a surging flood of news. That's why many are turning to...
Posted on August 24, 2003 09:15 PM Comments: 0
Middle East beset by fiscal chaos, lack of capital
Excerpt: Boston.com / Business / Land of economic unrest...
Posted on August 24, 2003 07:23 PM Comments: 1
Middle East beset by fiscal chaos, lack of capital
Excerpt: Boston.com / Business / Land of economic unrest...
Posted on August 24, 2003 07:23 PM Comments: 1
UN a US tool?
Excerpt: THE reason the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad were bombed is because the UN has been taken over by the US and turned into a "dark joke" and a "malignant force", according to one of the UN's most internationally...
Posted on August 24, 2003 02:21 PM Comments: 1
UN a US tool?
Excerpt: THE reason the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad were bombed is because the UN has been taken over by the US and turned into a "dark joke" and a "malignant force", according to one of the UN's most internationally...
Posted on August 24, 2003 02:21 PM Comments: 1
Breslin at his best on the worst
Excerpt: I sit here in New York and I don't believe one single solitary word of what the government says. Can you believe anything Bush says? Only if you're a rank sucker. Then you put that Rumsfeld on and he...
Posted on August 24, 2003 02:17 PM Comments: 0
On Whose Side Is Time?
Excerpt: The administration seems convinced that time is on its side in Iraq. It acknowledges grave problems but counsels patience. . . . But it seems at least equally plausible that time is working against the coalition. Many Iraqis already are surprised and disappointed by the meager results of the first months of U.S. rule. Meanwhile, Gen. John P. Abizaid said last week that terrorism "is emerging as the number one security threat."
Posted on August 24, 2003 09:30 AM Comments: 0
On Whose Side Is Time?
Excerpt: The administration seems convinced that time is on its side in Iraq. It acknowledges grave problems but counsels patience. . . . But it seems at least equally plausible that time is working against the coalition. Many Iraqis already are surprised and disappointed by the meager results of the first months of U.S. rule. Meanwhile, Gen. John P. Abizaid said last week that terrorism "is emerging as the number one security threat."
Posted on August 24, 2003 09:30 AM Comments: 0
Conservative Realists Blast Bush Doctrine
Excerpt: Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Ideas / The real world...
Posted on August 24, 2003 09:13 AM Comments: 0
Conservative Realists Blast Bush Doctrine
Excerpt: Boston.com / News / Boston Globe / Ideas / The real world...
Posted on August 24, 2003 09:13 AM Comments: 0
Losing the peace in Afghanistan
Excerpt: Salon.com News | We're losing the war in Afghanistan, too A human rights worker reports from the other front in the U.S. war on terror, where warlords rule supreme, music is once again banned, journalists hide from gunmen, and even...
Posted on August 23, 2003 04:25 PM Comments: 0
Losing the peace in Afghanistan
Excerpt: Salon.com News | We're losing the war in Afghanistan, too A human rights worker reports from the other front in the U.S. war on terror, where warlords rule supreme, music is once again banned, journalists hide from gunmen, and even...
Posted on August 23, 2003 04:25 PM Comments: 0
Oil and death in Niger
Excerpt: BBC NEWS | Africa | High toll for Niger Delta violence The number of casualties from the recent violence in the Delta port of Warri is much higher than previously believed, says the Red Cross in Nigeria. After three days...
Posted on August 23, 2003 04:20 AM Comments: 0
Oil and death in Niger
Excerpt: BBC NEWS | Africa | High toll for Niger Delta violence The number of casualties from the recent violence in the Delta port of Warri is much higher than previously believed, says the Red Cross in Nigeria. After three days...
Posted on August 23, 2003 04:20 AM Comments: 0
North Korean talks status
Excerpt: U.S. Expects Informal Direct Talks With North Korea WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 The Bush administration will not offer any specific economic or diplomatic rewards to North Korea to abandon its nuclear arms program but will not stop other countries from...
Posted on August 23, 2003 04:13 AM Comments: 0
North Korean talks status
Excerpt: U.S. Expects Informal Direct Talks With North Korea WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 The Bush administration will not offer any specific economic or diplomatic rewards to North Korea to abandon its nuclear arms program but will not stop other countries from...
Posted on August 23, 2003 04:13 AM Comments: 0
Taliban Back and Bolder
Excerpt: Bolder Taliban steps up attacks Taliban steps up attacks. Resurgence of violence in Afghanistan leaves nearly 100 dead...
Posted on August 22, 2003 05:52 PM Comments: 0
Taliban Back and Bolder
Excerpt: Bolder Taliban steps up attacks Taliban steps up attacks. Resurgence of violence in Afghanistan leaves nearly 100 dead...
Posted on August 22, 2003 05:52 PM Comments: 0
North Korea's case for nuclear weapons
Excerpt: Asia Times - North Korea's case for nuclear weapons By Erich Marquardt On October 21, 1994, the United States and North Korea signed the US-DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Agreed Framework, an understanding in which Pyongyang accepted a proposal...
Posted on August 22, 2003 03:25 AM Comments: 0
North Korea's case for nuclear weapons
Excerpt: Asia Times - North Korea's case for nuclear weapons By Erich Marquardt On October 21, 1994, the United States and North Korea signed the US-DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Agreed Framework, an understanding in which Pyongyang accepted a proposal...
Posted on August 22, 2003 03:25 AM Comments: 0
Search for bin Laden
Excerpt: THE SEARCH FOR OSAMA By Jane Mayer The New Yorker July 28, 2003. One day this past March, in Langley, Virginia, there was jubilation on a little-known thoroughfare called Bin Laden Lane. Analysts at the C.I.A.s Counter-Terrorism Center, a dingy...
Posted on August 22, 2003 03:20 AM Comments: 0
Search for bin Laden
Excerpt: THE SEARCH FOR OSAMA By Jane Mayer The New Yorker July 28, 2003. One day this past March, in Langley, Virginia, there was jubilation on a little-known thoroughfare called Bin Laden Lane. Analysts at the C.I.A.s Counter-Terrorism Center, a dingy...
Posted on August 22, 2003 03:20 AM Comments: 0
Journalists killed in Iraq
Excerpt: CHRONOLOGY-Journalist Casualties in Iraq War and Its Aftermath Reuters August 17, 2003 LONDON (Reuters) - Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana was shot dead on Sunday while filming near a U.S.-run prison in western Baghdad, witnesses said. Dana, 41, a Palestinian, is...
Posted on August 22, 2003 03:16 AM Comments: 0
Journalists killed in Iraq
Excerpt: CHRONOLOGY-Journalist Casualties in Iraq War and Its Aftermath Reuters August 17, 2003 LONDON (Reuters) - Reuters cameraman Mazen Dana was shot dead on Sunday while filming near a U.S.-run prison in western Baghdad, witnesses said. Dana, 41, a Palestinian, is...
Posted on August 22, 2003 03:16 AM Comments: 0
A different perspective
Excerpt: Asia Times - North Korea's case for nuclear weapons North Korea's case for nuclear weapons By Erich Marquardt On October 21, 1994, the United States and North Korea signed the US-DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) Agreed Framework, an understanding...
Posted on August 21, 2003 12:33 PM Comments: 0
Hello, India!
Excerpt: Dom, who grew up in India, writes: Farewell speeches, particularly by politicians, are usually full of empty phrases. Those in the audience listen, nod and nod off. But I'm certain when Ambassador Robert D Blackwill gave his farewell speech in...
Posted on August 19, 2003 01:44 PM Comments: 0
A total mess
Excerpt: TOMPAINE.com - We Stand Our Ground This link leads to an excellent essay by William Rivers Pitt, author of two books, War On Iraq (Context Books) and The Greatest Sedition is Silence (Pluto Press). These comments were delivered August 10,...
Posted on August 19, 2003 04:56 AM Comments: 0
US won't seek larger UN role in Iraq
Excerpt: U.S. Abandons Idea of Bigger U.N. Role in Iraq Occupation WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 - The Bush administration has abandoned the idea of giving the United Nations more of a role in the occupation of Iraq as sought by France, India...
Posted on August 14, 2003 08:16 AM Comments: 1
US won't seek larger UN role in Iraq
Excerpt: U.S. Abandons Idea of Bigger U.N. Role in Iraq Occupation WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 - The Bush administration has abandoned the idea of giving the United Nations more of a role in the occupation of Iraq as sought by France, India...
Posted on August 14, 2003 08:16 AM Comments: 1
Deserts advance on China
Excerpt: China is Losing the War on Advancing Deserts China is Losing the War on Advancing Deserts by Lester R. Brown China is now at war. Its territory is being claimed not by invading armies but by expanding deserts. Old deserts...
Posted on August 14, 2003 08:09 AM Comments: 0
Deserts advance on China
Excerpt: China is Losing the War on Advancing Deserts China is Losing the War on Advancing Deserts by Lester R. Brown China is now at war. Its territory is being claimed not by invading armies but by expanding deserts. Old deserts...
Posted on August 14, 2003 08:09 AM Comments: 0
Iraq invasion hurts terror war
Excerpt: Terror's Gains Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 by the Baltimore Sun Terror's Gains Editorial: REALITY HAS FINALLY caught up with rhetoric. Last winter the Bush administration wasted no opportunity to declare that Iraq posed a clear and present danger...
Posted on August 14, 2003 08:03 AM Comments: 0
Iraq invasion hurts terror war
Excerpt: Terror's Gains Published on Wednesday, August 13, 2003 by the Baltimore Sun Terror's Gains Editorial: REALITY HAS FINALLY caught up with rhetoric. Last winter the Bush administration wasted no opportunity to declare that Iraq posed a clear and present danger...
Posted on August 14, 2003 08:03 AM Comments: 0
China to host nuclear talks
Excerpt: Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage BEIJING (Reuters) - China confirmed on Thursday it will host six-way talks this month on North Korea's nuclear program, saying they marked an important step in efforts to defuse the 10-month...
Posted on August 14, 2003 08:00 AM Comments: 0
China to host nuclear talks
Excerpt: Reuters | Latest Financial News / Full News Coverage BEIJING (Reuters) - China confirmed on Thursday it will host six-way talks this month on North Korea's nuclear program, saying they marked an important step in efforts to defuse the 10-month...
Posted on August 14, 2003 08:00 AM Comments: 0
A conservative view
Excerpt: Author(s): CLYDE PRESTOWITZ Date: August 10, 2003 Page: H12 Section: Op-Ed For a moment during the spring, neoconservatives associated with the Bush administration thought they had died and gone to heaven. The quicker than expected fall of Saddam Hussein seemed to justify their vision of a new America that would reshape world politics. The United States would use its overwhelming military power to crush tyrannical regimes, they declared, and establish American-style capitalist democracies in their place. Domestically, the neocons' only question was whether the tax cuts aimed at reshaping American society would be merely big or gigantic. As time passes, however, it has become increasingly clear that this course is neither neo nor conservative and that it may lead more quickly to hell than to heaven. This was not the foreign policy agenda traditional conservatives like myself voted for in 2000. Concerned about growing anti-American feeling around the world, we were pleased when candidate Bush spoke of adopting a humbler attitude in foreign policy and of reducing US overstretch abroad. We also anticipated that a new Bush administration would embrace long-standing conservative objectives such as smaller government, fiscal responsibility, tax cuts crafted with a goal of balancing budgets, strong protection of individual rights, and support for healthy state and local governments. There was certainly no mention in Bush's campaign of revolutionary schemes to transform the world. So imagine our surprise when instead of a new humility, the fledgling Bush administration embraced a new arrogance. Traditional conservatives were no fans of the Kyoto agreement on global warming - many thought it unfair to US interests. But why so loudly reject a treaty that could have been left in limbo without any meaningful effect on the United States? Why make enemies so needlessly? Domestically, the initial Bush tax cut proposals seemed surprisingly large. But traditional conservatives held their fire. The cuts did seem to provide stimulus at a time when the economy was sinking dangerously, and the forecasters said we could maintain a balanced budget even with the cuts. The events of Sept. 11 strengthened the president's hand, giving him a moral authority that had been lacking after the election. It also allowed a small group of self-styled neoconservatives in his administration to turn the ship of state onto a dramatically new course. In foreign affairs, this meant ditching America's "no first strike" commitment to deterrence in favor of preventive war. Out too were long-term alliances in favor of temporary "coalitions of the willing." Suddenly America's "mission" was to recast the world in the American democratic capitalist mold. Neoconservatives have openly called this strategy imperialistic. Domestically, the administration's new direction has been even more dramatic and, for traditional conservatives, alarming. Far from being reduced, the size of government has grown larger as spending has been significantly increased to support our imperialist strategy. Passage of the Patriot Act has imposed the greatest constraint on individual American freedoms since the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. In the face of budget projections now deep in the red, further tax cuts may cripple all but the most basic of government functions. Will traditional conservatives sit still for this? The dawning realization that the aftermath of war is likely to be long, painful, and costly, coupled with the absence of any significant weapons of mass destruction, has begun to refocus attention on the viability of the preventive war doctrine and the new imperialism. Conservatives like former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft have noted that despite its great power America still needs help. Yet its efforts to get that help have been undermined by global resistance to the new US strategy and by our government's loss of credibility. Indeed, the new doctrine is seen by many as being not only ineffective but also dangerous. Resistance is also growing on the domestic front. Maine's Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, a member of the traditionally conservative Main Street Coalition, played a key role in capping the most recent tax cut at $350 billion. Even more significant has been the revolt of Republicans in the House against the recent changes in FCC rules regarding the consolidation of media companies. This, quickly followed by a House vote supporting US sales of inexpensive imported drugs, again in defiance of the White House, indicates that traditional conservatives are waking up to an important discovery. There is nothing neo about imperialism. It is just as un-American today as it was in 1776. And there is nothing conservative about gigantic military establishments, endless oceans of red ink, and crumbling state and local governments burdened by unfunded obligations passed on by an irresponsible federal government. Far from conservatism, this is radicalism of the right, and it is unsustainable because it is at odds with fundamental - and truly conservative - American values. That's the view of Clyde Prestowitz, a conservative amd president of the Economic Strategy Institute, as well as author of "Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions."
Posted on August 11, 2003 08:39 PM Comments: 1
Children and the president and the truth
Excerpt: But it's not about sex? So how do you explain lying to your children? At least this time it's not about sex. Just about killing and getting killed and taking responsibility and dodging reponsibility - and the honor and future...
Posted on August 11, 2003 10:56 AM Comments: 0
Bring 'em home
Excerpt: Don't know where I've seen it said better! BRING THEM HOME NOW! is a coordinating committee of military families, veterans, active duty personnel, reservists and others opposed to the ongoing war in Iraq and galvanized to action by George W....
Posted on August 11, 2003 10:45 AM Comments: 0
Iraq, the future, and the UN
Excerpt: Only the UN Can Give Iraq Security and Sovereignty The critical paragraph here is the last - though the whole article contains interesting facts that substandiate it: It is not too late for the UN to be given overall control...
Posted on August 9, 2003 01:13 PM Comments: 0
Iraq, the future, and the UN
Excerpt: Only the UN Can Give Iraq Security and Sovereignty The critical paragraph here is the last - though the whole article contains interesting facts that substandiate it: It is not too late for the UN to be given overall control...
Posted on August 9, 2003 01:13 PM Comments: 0
Gore on Iraq, et al
Excerpt: 'The President's Ideologically Narrow Agenda has Seriously Divided America...' Here's the main chunk of what he had to say about our policy and Iraq. Millions of Americans now share a feeling that something pretty basic has gone wrong in our...
Posted on August 8, 2003 07:50 PM Comments: 0
Gore on Iraq, et al
Excerpt: 'The President's Ideologically Narrow Agenda has Seriously Divided America...' Here's the main chunk of what he had to say about our policy and Iraq. Millions of Americans now share a feeling that something pretty basic has gone wrong in our...
Posted on August 8, 2003 07:50 PM Comments: 0
All of our lies come home
Excerpt: I listened to a lengthy NPR interview with Kinzer today. It was frightening and made me angry. I had known the CIA was involved in such things long ago. What I had forgotten - or never known - was how involved. The details - apparently still emerging - are horrific. And I had not made the kind of specific connection with events today that Kinzerapparently makes in his book. (Add one more to my reading list.)
Posted on August 2, 2003 06:28 PM Comments: 0



















































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