Mar. 25, 2005

In Iraq, Iranian Kurd Rebels Hope for Their Moment

In Iraq, Iranian Kurd Rebels Hope for Their Moment
March 16, 2005

By Seb Walker, Reuters

Despite growing US-led pressure on Iran, Alizada is quick to play down the prospect of linking up with Western powers to try to bring down the Islamic government that has ruled in Tehran.

FROM the military bunker which serves as his office, Ibrahim Alizada can glimpse the snow-capped mountains of his homeland as he plots the downfall of Iran�s Islamist government just 50 km away."


AlterNet: EnviroHealth: An Immodest Proposal

And here's one for the "Danmed! Why didn't I think of that?" pile.

An Immodest Proposal

By J.D. Smith, Grist Magazine. Posted March 24, 2005.

How a little blue pill could get big results – in species conservation, we mean. Save the black bears! Take Viagra."


Document suggests bin Laden escaped at Tora Bora

Military brief appears to contradict past Pentagon statements

From Mike Mount

Friday, March 25, 2005 Posted: 0356 GMT (1156 HKT)

The U.S. has offered a $25 million bounty for Osama bin Laden. WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A document from the U.S. military appears to contradict the Pentagon's previous statements that it does not know whether al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden escaped U.S. forces at Tora Bora in Afghanistan in December 2001"


Russian Information Agency Novosti


MOSCOW, March 24. (RIA Novosti)-Rizvan Chitigov, who was killed in the district center Shali in Chechnya on Wednesday and was the third most influential warlord after Shamil Basayev and Doku Umarov, had graduated from an elite U.S. subversion and reconnaissance school and had served on a contract basis in a U.S. Marine battalion, Kommersant reports.

Marine dog tags indicating his name, and date and place of birth, were discovered on his body."


Mar. 24, 2005

Creationist Terror in American Classroom

Now that Creationists are in the White House, many public school teachers are afraid to discuss the science of evolution in their classrooms.

By Frederick Sweet"
During his 2000 presidential election campaign, George W. Bush spoke about the Kansas Board of Education’s decree requiring each public school district in the state to teach Creationism alongside evolution. He told the Associated Press, “I’d make it a goal to make sure that local folks got to make the decision as to whether or not they said Creationism has been a part of our history; and whether or not people ought to be exposed to different theories as to how the world was formed.”

Hiding War Dead

While Italy publicly honors its war dead, America hides its dead. Is that respecting our soldiers?
By Gail Vida Hamburg.

The state funeral in Rome last month for Nicola Calipari – the Italian intelligence officer who rescued a kidnapped journalist from Iraqi captors, only to be gunned down by jittery American soldiers at a checkpoint in Baghdad – was a national event that united all Italians, merging their raw sorrow with the singular grief of his widow and children. It was the second time Italy pulled out all the stops for its Iraq War dead. In November of 2003, it staged an elaborate state funeral for nineteen of its citizens, killed in a suicide truck bombing in Nasiriyah."

Mar. 23, 2005

AlterNet: MediaCulture: No Life Support for You

No Life Support for You !

By Brian Montopoli, CJR Daily. Posted March 23, 2005.

The media coverage of the Schiavo case doesn't include one important detail: a Texas law that authorizes health care providers to remove their patients from life support. Guess who signed it into law?"


Mar. 20, 2005

U.S. Misled Allies About Nuclear Export

When...when, when, when, when!!...are the Bushites going to finally get tired of being lied to by their own leader? What's the matter with them? They can't possibly like it, can they?

I tell you, in all my years of people-watching, I have never seen anything that even comes close; comes anywhere near approaching this batch of Republicans in their ability to keep taking the current level of insulting treatment. The utter disdain that Bush...their leader clearly must have for them, clearly shown by the way he talks down to them with the constant, never-ending parade of after another..the last lie more outrageous than the previous. I just can't come to any reasonable conclusion on how *anyone* can put up with this. It's absolutely baffling! Mind-boggling.....

Ahhh..screw 'em. One thing I do know is that no good can come to any group that continues to allow themselves to be mistreated this way. They will surely reap what they have sown. The only problem with that however is that undoubtedly they are going to drag a whole lot of good men and women down with them.

Gary Williams

U.S. Misled Allies About Nuclear Export
North Korea Sent Material To Pakistan, Not to Libya

By Dafna Linzer
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, March 20, 2005; Page A01

In an effort to increase pressure on North Korea, the Bush administration told its Asian allies in briefings earlier this year that Pyongyang had exported nuclear material to Libya. That was a significant new charge, the first allegation that North Korea was helping to create a new nuclear weapons state.

But that is not what U.S. intelligence reported, according to two officials with detailed knowledge of the transaction. North Korea, according to the intelligence, had supplied uranium hexafluoride -- which can be enriched to weapons-grade uranium -- to Pakistan. It was Pakistan, a key U.S. ally with its own nuclear arsenal, that sold the material to Libya. The U.S. government had no evidence, the officials said, that North Korea knew of the second transaction.