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  • Democrats lash out at Benson, Free State Project (MORE WHINE FROM NH DIMS)

    10/01/2003 7:47:31 PM PDT · by Sparta · 24 replies · 246+ views
    Newsday ^ | October 1, 2003 | KATE McCANN
    CONCORD, N.H -- State Democrats lashed out against Gov. Craig Benson and the Free State Project, which said Wednesday it wants to bring 20,000 libertarians to New Hampshire to influence public policy.
  • Making American Companies More Competitive

    09/26/2003 12:39:46 PM PDT · by Sparta · 2 replies · 366+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | September 25, 2003 | Daniel J. Mitchell, Ph.D.
    Making American Companies More Competitiveby Daniel J. Mitchell, Ph.D.Backgrounder #1691 September 25, 2003 | Executive Summary | The World Trade Organization (WTO) has repeatedly sided with the European Union (EU) and ruled that provisions of U.S. tax law provide impermissible "subsidies" because business income from exports is sometimes not taxed at the same rate as other forms of corporate income. More specifically, the WTO twice ruled that the Foreign Sales Corporation (FSC) portion of the tax code violated trade rules, leading U.S. lawmakers to replace FSC with the Extraterritorial Income Act (ETI). But the EU argued that the new...
  • Slash Domestic Spending to Pay for Rising War Cost

    09/26/2003 12:28:53 PM PDT · by Sparta · 17 replies · 332+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | September 26, 2003 | Charles V. Peña and Veronique de Rugy
    Charles V. Peña is director of defense policy studies and Veronique de Rugy is fiscal policy analyst at the Cato Institute.Before the war, President Bush asserted that the United States "will remain in Iraq as long as necessary, and not a day more." Now, he adds: "We will do what is necessary, we will spend what is necessary." In other words, $87 billion is likely to be a down payment on what will probably be a long-term and expensive mortgage. And with the administration unable to persuade allies who opposed the war to help finance the reconstruction, it looks as...
  • Clark calls for a new American patriotism (BARF ALERT)

    09/22/2003 9:16:54 PM PDT · by Sparta · 101 replies · 2,239+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | Sept. 22, 2003 | Eric Schmidt
    Clark Calls for a 'New American Patriotism'By ERIC SCHMITT HARLESTON, S.C., Sept. 22 — Gen. Wesley K. Clark called today for "a new American patriotism" that would encourage broader public service, respect domestic dissent even in wartime and embrace international organizations like the United Nations.General Clark, a former NATO commander and Army officer who last week announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination, accused the Bush administration of neglecting economic problems and of pursuing a dangerous go-it-alone foreign policy. But he also used the setting of the Citadel, the military college here, to appeal to about 150 cadets and...
  • Blanco gets endorsement from Jeff Parish president (RINO TRAITOR ALERT)

    09/16/2003 2:55:01 PM PDT · by Sparta · 10 replies · 283+ views
    New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | September 16, 2003 | Brian Thevenot
    <p>In the first major endorsement of her gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Kathleen Blanco picked up the support Monday of Republican Jefferson Parish President Tim Coulon, a surprising development that observers said could help solidify her standing as the front-runner with less than three weeks left before the Oct. 4 primary.</p>
  • Turkish Troops Will Provide Peace in Iraq

    09/15/2003 7:22:18 AM PDT · by Sparta · 12 replies · 133+ views
    Turks.us ^ | 9/15/03
    Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Defense Secretary, said that in Iraq they wanted to work in cooperation with Turkey, which he qualified as the biggest ally of U.S. in the Middle East. According to Rumsfeld, the incidents of the past would not affect the Turco-American relations. Rumsfeld said; Procedures on sending troops to Iraq are about to be completed. Turkish troops will provide peace to Iraq. Rumsfeld voiced his belief that Turkey would do what she could in the restructuring process of Iraq. Rumsfeld stressed that he was optimistic about the issue of Turkey’s sending troops to Iraq and that; We want...
  • Victory for a Smear

    09/04/2003 9:54:28 PM PDT · by Sparta · 17 replies · 191+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 5, 2003 | Editorial
    "AVICTORY FOR the Constitution, for the nation's judicial system and for the American people," crowed Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) of the decision by Miguel A. Estrada to withdraw as President Bush's nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
  • Judge Throws Out Charges Against DEA Agent Who Shot Unarmed Suspect

    09/03/2003 8:52:20 PM PDT · by Sparta · 41 replies · 424+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 3, 2003 | Tom Hays
    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal judge on Wednesday threw out a manslaughter case against a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who fatally shot an unarmed drug suspect in the back, calling it an "ill-advised prosecution." The charge had outraged DEA officials, who said the veteran agent acted in self-defense last year while struggling with a dangerous suspect. The suspect, Egbert Dewgard, was carrying more than six pounds of cocaine before he was killed, authorities said. The agent, Jude Tanella, "demonstrated restraint, sound judgment and courage in the proper exercise of his sworn duty to protect the public," U.S. District Judge...
  • Horowitz’s Academic Freedom: It Sounds Good, But . . .

    08/29/2003 8:56:41 AM PDT · by Sparta · 70 replies · 413+ views
    Washington Dispatch ^ | Aug 29, 2003 | Cathryn Crawford
    In an article entitled “The Problem With America’s Colleges and The Solution”, published on September 3, 2002, David Horowitz outlined the problems that he sees with college and university campuses across America. In a fairly detailed manner, he discussed the lack of diversity concerning political ideologies and viewpoints among faculty members. He correctly said that universities and colleges have an overload of generally liberal professors, and, quite often, only have one or two token conservatives, if that. In the article, he went on to discuss his ideas for a solution to this problem. His ideas, which are condensed into an...
  • Transcript: President's Weekly Radio Address

    08/09/2003 8:36:00 AM PDT · by Sparta · 11 replies · 175+ views
    Fox News ^ | 8/9/03 | George W. Bush
    <p>Good morning. Friday of this week was the 100th day since the end of major combat operations in Iraq. For America and our coalition partners, these have been 100 days of steady progress and decisive action against the last hold-outs of the former regime. And for the people of Iraq, this has been a period like none other in the country's history, a time of change and rising hopes after decades of tyranny.</p>
  • Bigger Is Better

    08/06/2003 12:25:04 PM PDT · by Sparta · 14 replies · 112+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/06/2003 | Gary Schmitt
    SECRETARY OF DEFENSE Donald Rumsfeld can study the issue of active-duty troop strength all he want but it won't change the obvious: U.S. land forces are two divisions short of being able to carry out effectively its present responsibilities. Winning wars is not enough. We must also be able to maintain the peace globally and win the peace after the battles have been fought. It is clear that we don't have sufficient troops on the ground in Afghanistan; we don't have sufficient combat troops in reserve to handle a serious conflict on the Korean Peninsula; we are running around the...
  • U.S. Military Helicopters Land in Liberia

    08/06/2003 9:17:22 AM PDT · by Sparta · 25 replies · 339+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/6/03 | GLENN McKENZIE
    By GLENN McKENZIE Associated Press Writer MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) - Three U.S. military helicopters landed at Liberia's high-walled U.S. Embassy on Wednesday, a day after President Bush promised to send a first American team to Liberia's war-divided capital. U.S. officials declined to immediately confirm whether the helicopters contained the promised six- to 10-member U.S. military team. The team is moving in as Nigerian troops at Monrovia's airport - the vanguard of a West African peacekeeping force - prepared to enter the capital for the first time. American authorities barred journalists from the embassy for the landing. They would confirm only...
  • Taylor reneges on pledge to quit Liberia

    08/06/2003 8:34:49 AM PDT · by Sparta · 37 replies · 263+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 8/6/03 | UPI
    <p>MONROVIA, Liberia, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- President Charles Taylor of Liberia has reneged on his promise to step down once peacekeepers arrived, a London newspaper reported Wednesday.</p> <p>Taylor said Tuesday night war crimes charges against him must be dropped before he accepts Nigeria's offer of sanctuary, the Telegraph said.</p>
  • Land mine Blast Kills U.S. Contractor in Iraq

    08/05/2003 9:56:58 AM PDT · by Sparta · 19 replies · 162+ views
    Reuters (Iraqi propaganda outlet) ^ | 8/5/03 | Alastair Macdonald
    TIKRIT, Iraq (Reuters) - An American civilian contractor working with the U.S. military was killed in Iraq on Tuesday when his truck detonated an anti-tank mine in the hostile territory around Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit. Major Josslyn Aberle of the 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit told Reuters the contractor, who worked for engineering and construction firm Kellogg Brown & Root, was traveling in a military convoy when the land mine exploded. "The employee died as a result of injuries sustained when his truck hit an anti-tank mine while on a routine mail run from central to northern Iraq,"...
  • Why go to Liberia and what awaits U.S.

    08/04/2003 8:29:28 PM PDT · by Sparta · 3 replies · 126+ views
    USA Today ^ | 8/4/03 | Bill Nichols
    <p>Q: Why is Liberia in crisis?</p> <p>A: A country of 3.3 million, Liberia has been mired in civil war since 1989, when Taylor launched a coup attempt. A peace pact in 1996 led to elections the next year, which Taylor won. New fighting began in 2000, when rebels began trying to oust Taylor. Hundreds of thousands have died in the past 14 years. More than 1 million Liberians have been made homeless.</p>
  • Report: U.S. To Punish Israel

    08/04/2003 10:50:15 AM PDT · by Sparta · 6 replies · 172+ views
    AP ^ | 8/4/03
    JERUSALEM -- The United States may turn up the heat in an effort to force Israel to halt construction of a long security fence. An Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, says the State Department is proposing that American loan guarantees be cut by the amount that Israel spends building the 370-mile-long barrier. The barrier runs east of the so-called "Green Line" -- Israel's border with Jordan before it captured the West Bank in the Six-Day War of 1967. The newspaper also says money spent on building roads to bypass the West Bank would be included in the total cut from the loan...
  • Transcript: John Ashcroft on Fox News Sunday

    08/03/2003 2:44:44 PM PDT · by Sparta · 6 replies · 128+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, August 03, 2003 | Brit Hume
    <p>The following is a transcribed excerpt from "Fox News Sunday," Aug. 3, 2003.</p> <p>HUME: I'm Brit Hume in for Tony Snow, and this is "Fox News Sunday."</p> <p>Al Qaeda in America: Are terrorist sleeper cells preparing new attacks? We'll ask Attorney General John Ashcroft (search).</p>
  • Shut Up, Charlie

    07/25/2003 6:37:22 AM PDT · by Sparta · 66 replies · 649+ views
    Washington Dispatch ^ | July 25, 2003 | Cathryn Crawford
    Poor Uday and Qusay. We all know how persecuted they were, and Charles Rangel, a Democratic (what a surprise!) representative from New York, is genuinely upset by their untimely passing at the hands of U.S. troops. "We have a law on the books that the United States should not be assassinating anybody," he grumbled Tuesday night on Hannity and Colmes. Well, Charlie, thanks so much for living up to your reputation. Charlie didn’t even vote for the resolution that simply supported the troops in Iraq. My question is, what is Charlie still doing holding office when he makes these stupid...
  • HK pro-democracy rally attracts 20,000

    07/13/2003 2:24:53 PM PDT · by Sparta · 37 replies · 260+ views
    Financial Times (UK) ^ | 7/13/03 | Angela Mackay
    Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement scored another victory on Sunday when more than 20,000 protesters braved searing temperatures to rally in the territory's third mass demonstration in less than two weeks. About 10,000 people had been expected to attend Sunday's rally in the central business district but the higher turnout appears to reflect widespread dissatisfaction with the performance of Tung Chee-hwa, Hong Kong's leader, over the stagnant economy, Sars and other local issues. Organised by the Democratic Development Network, the rally was originally scheduled for April, but the onset of Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) meant the date was postponed. The...
  • Winter at Valley Forge

    07/04/2003 7:55:43 PM PDT · by Sparta · 21 replies · 1,907+ views
    USHistory.org ^ | unknown | Ron Avery
    • Introduction •The images are heartrending, dramatic and so powerful that they are embedded in the nation's historical consciousness: Bloody footprints in the snow left by bootless men. Near naked soldier wrapped in thin blankets huddled around a smoky fire of green wood. The plaintive chant from the starving: "We want meat! We want meat!" These are the indelible images of suffering and endurance associated with Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-78. "An army of skeletons appeared before our eyes naked, starved, sick and discouraged," wrote New York's Gouverneur Morris of the Continental Congress. The Marquis de Lafayette wrote:...
  • Declaration of Independence

    07/04/2003 7:44:04 PM PDT · by Sparta · 8 replies · 1,441+ views
    National Archives ^ | July 4, 1776 | Thomas Jefferson
    IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that...
  • Pakistan and Israel – Recognition At Last?

    07/04/2003 7:13:07 AM PDT · by Sparta · 22 replies · 234+ views
    Washington Dispatch ^ | 7/4/03 | Cathryn Crawford
    There has been much excitement around the world over the last few days about Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s willingness to discuss recognition of Israel as a nation by his country. The outcries from the Islamic fundamentalists that control public opinion has been predictably great, but Musharraf is as determined now as he ever has been. General Musharraf is showing himself to be a much more insightful leader then most in the West gave him credit for when he deposed Nawaz Sharif on October 12, 1999. The general has the great leader’s tendency to recognize an exquisite opportunity when he sees...
  • India's Vajpayee Meets With China's Jiang.

    06/24/2003 11:25:42 AM PDT · by Sparta · 5+ views
    VOA News ^ | 24 Jun 2003 | unknown
    Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee has met in Beijing with former Chinese President Jiang Zemin. Officials say the two discussed bilateral relations, as well as international and regional issues. Mr. Vajpayee is expected to meet with current president Hu Jintao later Tuesday. Monday, the Indian prime minister and his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, looked on as lower-level officials signed a series of bilateral economic accords. The world's two most populous countries -- home to more than one-third of the world's population -- often have had chilly relations, highlighted by a series of territorial disputes, China's support of Pakistan and...
  • Pak may send troops to Iraq: Musharraf

    06/11/2003 12:43:26 PM PDT · by Sparta · 17 replies · 186+ views
    AFP ^ | 6/11/03
    New Delhi: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said his country might send troops to Iraq as part of the stabilisation forces in the war-ravaged country. "Yes, we may, we would like to send," Gen Musharraf said in an interveiw to NDTV when asked if his country would commit troops to Iraq. However, he said Pakistan needed to know certain parameters on the troop deployment. On whether Pakistan was part of the global war against terror, Gen Musharraf, who is scheduled to meet US President George W Bush at Camp David later this month, replied in the affirmative. On the opposition demand...
  • Cubs 8, Yankees 7 (CUBS WIN!!!)

    06/08/2003 9:51:40 PM PDT · by Sparta · 51 replies · 683+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | June 8, 2003 | RICK GANO
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Sammy Sosa capped a tumultuous weekend with his 2,000th career hit, and Mark Prior showed the New York Yankees what they missed out on five years ago. Prior struck out 10 in six innings and Moises Alou and Ramon Martinez homered as the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the Yankees 8-7 Sunday night to take two of three in the teams' first meeting since the 1938 World Series. The Yankees rallied late, scoring twice in both in the eighth and ninth innings but fell behind the Boston Red Sox for first place in AL East when...
  • Spurs reclaim homecourt edge 84-79

    06/08/2003 8:56:01 PM PDT · by Sparta · 24 replies · 263+ views
    USA Today ^ | 6/8/03 | David DuPree
    <p>EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — This was not a pretty basketball game. That's the way the San Antonio Spurs like it. They slowed the New Jersey Nets' fast break to a crawl and rode the inside strength of Tim Duncan and the outside smoothness of Tony Parker to an 84-79 victory as the Spurs regained control of the NBA Finals with a 2-1 series lead.</p>
  • The 1967 Six-Day War

    06/06/2003 9:30:26 PM PDT · by Sparta · 12 replies · 683+ views
    <p>Meanwhile, Syria's attacks on Israeli kibbutzim from the Golan Heights provoked a retaliatory strike on April 7, 1967, during which Israeli planes shot down six Syrian MiGs. Shortly thereafter, the Soviet Union-which had been providing military and economic aid to both Syria and Egypt-gave Damascus information alleging a massive Israeli military buildup in preparation for an attack. Despite Israeli denials, Syria decided to invoke its defense treaty with Egypt.</p>
  • St. Petersburg Celebrates 300th Anniversary (Biograhpy of Peter the Great attached)

    06/01/2003 2:24:32 PM PDT · by Sparta · 11 replies · 198+ views
    VOA ^ | 30 May 2003 | Lisa McAdams
    Russia's second city, St. Petersburg, is hosting 10 days of events to mark its 300th anniversary. The celebration peaks this weekend, with the arrival of 45 foreign leaders and an estimated 15,000 official guests. Commemorative flags billow from nearly every major building. Tall ships ply the ink-colored river Neva, and music sounds from flower-laden parks and squares. Residents and tourists alike are celebrating the official date of the city's founding in 1703 by Czar Peter the Great, who hailed St. Petersburg as a Window on Europe. An estimated two million foreigners are expected to visit the city and its cultural...
  • Philadelphia council condemns Patriot Act

    05/30/2003 11:09:08 PM PDT · by Sparta · 6 replies · 56+ views
    Reuters Alertnet | 29 May 2003
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PHILADELPHIA, May 29 (Reuters) - Philadelphia on Thursday became the largest U.S. city to date to condemn the USA Patriot Act as a threat to the constitutional rights of its citizens. By a 13-3 vote, the Democrat-dominated City Council passed a resolution calling on local members of Congress to work for the repeal of the federal law that granted the Justice Department broad new police powers for Washington's so-called war on terrorism. The vote added Philadelphia, the fifth-largest U.S. city with 1.5 million residents, to a roster of 116 other state and local governments that have passed measures opposing...
  • Everest gets cybercafé at 17,400 feet

    05/28/2003 9:19:16 AM PDT · by Sparta · 6 replies · 194+ views
    Silicon.com ^ | Wed 28 May 2003 | Andy McCue
    "Finally made it, Ma! Top o' the world!"…literally Climbers can now email friends and family from 17,400 feet thanks to the highest cybercafé in the world at the Mount Everest base camp. The Everest internet café has been launched to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest on 29 May 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing. Not only will it allow the 50,000 hardy trekkers who tackle the peak every year keep in touch with loved ones but internet access at base camp will make it easier to call for emergency assistance and check...
  • Bush signing AIDS bill right now. (Also speaking)

    05/27/2003 11:30:24 AM PDT · by Sparta · 321 replies · 369+ views
    Fox News | 5/27/03
    Bush is signing the AIDS bill right now at the State Department. He's also got guests from Africa and the Carribean with him. The cost of the bill is $15 billion.
  • Surveillance State

    05/25/2003 8:45:15 PM PDT · by Sparta · 14 replies · 169+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | May 19, 2003 | James Bovard
    Since September 11, a flood of federal legislation has reduced American freedom without increasing our security. Perhaps you’ve visited your local library to keep speed with the War on Terror: borrowed a few books on Islamic fundamentalism or did web research on biochemical weapons. Beware. Last January, an FBI agent entered a branch of the St. Louis Public Library and requested a list of all the sign-up sheets showing names of people who used library computers on Dec. 28, 2002. Even though the FBI agent did not have a warrant or subpoena, the library quickly surrendered the list of all...
  • Fighting Islam's Fierce Moro Warriors (America's first jungle war)

    05/24/2003 8:45:59 PM PDT · by Sparta · 42 replies · 570+ views
    Military History Magazine ^ | April 2002 | David S. Woolman
    America’s first war with suicidal Islamic warriors took place a century ago in the Philippines and rings familiar today as the Moros continue what they call ‘the longest, bloodiest struggle for freedom in history.’ By David S. Woolman for Military History Magazine America’s first jungle war remains largely unknown, except in the Philippines where it began in 1900. Even those rare Americans who have heard of the U.S. jungle war against the Moros often connect it erroneously with the Philippine Insurrection. But with world attention now riveted upon Islamic jihad, we can expect to learn more about the volatile Islamic...
  • Aceh civilians to be interned in camps

    05/22/2003 3:57:44 PM PDT · by Sparta · 3 replies · 166+ views
    Straits Times (Singapore) ^ | 5/22/03 | Robert Go
    This is meant to protect them from the fighting between government forces and separatist rebels, says Jakarta JAKARTA - As fighting intensifies in Aceh, Indonesia's government plans to start rounding up thousands of civilians in tent camps and intern them for short spells as the military cleanses hot spots of rebel fighters. The programme could affect villages located within the Pidie, Bireuen and East Aceh regencies within a matter of days and be expanded into other areas in the troubled province according to need and the progress of the military crackdown. Senior officials explained interning villages would enable soldiers to...
  • Experts: SARS Not Losing Power Over Time

    05/22/2003 2:32:08 PM PDT · by Sparta · 21 replies · 73+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 22, 2003 | The Associated Press
    SARS, Unlike Most Viruses, Appears to Be Just As Powerful Over Time, Health Experts Say — Disease experts said Thursday the SARS virus appears to be just as hardy in its 15th victim as its first one. The virus' robust nature suggests it is well-adapted to reproducing inside the human body, meaning its ability to spread isn't weakening, health experts said. There had been hope that, like some viruses, this one might lose its punch over time, mutating and weakening. However, Dr. David Heymann, the WHO's chief of communicable diseases, said that does not appear to have happened and that...
  • (MILF) Muslim rebels give up arms in Philippines

    05/22/2003 10:14:38 AM PDT · by Sparta · 15 replies · 168+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/22/03 | Reuters
    ILIGAN, Philippines, May 22 — Nearly 100 members of the Philippines' largest Muslim rebel group have surrendered to the military following fierce air and ground assaults on their hideouts. The 97 rebels, including six ground commanders, were presented to Vice President Teofisto Guingona and Defence Secretary Angelo Reyes in the southern city of Iligan on Thursday.
  • Army storms Aceh villages

    05/22/2003 9:43:59 AM PDT · by Sparta · 3 replies · 135+ views
    Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | 23may03 | AP
    JAKARTA – Rebels and villagers in Aceh have accused Indonesia's military of killing civilians as young as 12 in its offensive in the restless province. It is an allegation army commanders deny. With international monitors evacuated from the region and strict controls on the local media, there was no way to verify either side's claims. The Free Aceh Movement said the most recent killings happened on Wednesday when government troops allegedly stormed Cot Rabu and killed 10 villagers, including two 12-year-old boys. Rebels accused troops of lining up villagers, shooting them to death and forcing relatives to bury them. "It's...
  • Explosion in Yale's mail room [Bush daughter ok]

    05/21/2003 2:22:43 PM PDT · by Sparta · 526 replies · 895+ views
    Fox News | 5/21/03 | John Gibson
    John Gibson just reported an explosion occured in Yale's mail room. The floor has collapsed. Developing...
  • Ten rebels killed, rockets fire on rebel bases in Aceh

    05/21/2003 6:48:07 AM PDT · by Sparta · 1 replies · 135+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle via the AP ^ | May 21, 2003 | LELY T. DJUHARI
    <p>Helicopters fired rockets at rebel bases and troops were ordered to shoot arsonists on sight Wednesday as Indonesia's military intensified its offensive against separatist guerrillas in Aceh province.</p> <p>Senior army officers said soldiers killed 10 rebels on the third and bloodiest day of the assault, but separatists put the death toll at 13, including 10 civilians. The Indonesian Red Cross said there were 10 fatalities.</p>
  • Aceh ablaze

    05/20/2003 3:41:33 PM PDT · by Sparta · 7 replies · 86+ views
    The Straits Times(Singapore) ^ | 5/20/03 | Robert Go
    Rebels set fire to more than 180 schools, houses, power stations and govt offices JAKARTA - Aceh was ablaze yesterday, with over 180 buildings, including more than 100 schools, having been set on fire, apparently by rebels fending off the military advance into the province. Indonesian officials accused the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) separatist forces of resuming their strategy of burning schools, considered by the rebels as government indoctrination centres. But the separatists, in turn, accused the military of resorting to arson as part of its psy-ops tactics against them. The torching of schools came on the second day of...
  • Allies in war on terror

    05/20/2003 2:58:19 PM PDT · by Sparta · 21 replies · 356+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 23, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    The largest Muslim nation in the world is eager to join the U.S. in its battle against Islamic terrorists, but we don't want its help. That seems to be the situation with Indonesia – with its 178 million Muslims of a total population of 203 million. President Megawati Sukarnoputri is asking for help. She's asking an old U.S. arms embargo to be lifted. She's asking for assistance in combating Islamist terror in her own country. She's offering cooperation to the U.S. government and seeking a partnership. But, so far, the U.S. is not budging. If the U.S. doesn't recognize the...
  • Mad cow disease found on northern Alberta farm: government officials

    05/20/2003 2:48:45 PM PDT · by Sparta · 40 replies · 307+ views
    Winnipeg Sun ^ | 5/20/03 | BOB WEBER
    EDMONTON (CP) - The first Canadian case of mad cow disease in a decade was confirmed Tuesday, prompting the United States to temporarily ban beef imports from Canada. "As part of its ongoing surveillance program for BSE, Alberta agricultural officials tested an eight-year-old cow that had been condemned at slaughter and removed it from the food system," federal Agriculture Minister Lyle Vanclief said in a news conference at the Alberta legislature. "I want to stress from the beginning this is one cow." The previous case of BSE found in 1993 was a single cow imported from Great Britain to Red...
  • Jakarta steps up Aceh offensive

    05/20/2003 2:35:48 PM PDT · by Sparta · 9 replies · 117+ views
    The Hindu (India) ^ | 5/20/03 | AP
    BANDA ACEH (Indonesia) May 20. Indonesia's military dropped more paratroopers on Tuesday in Aceh in an assault against separatist guerrillas who defied demands to disarm, while officials in Washington and other capitals urged Jakarta to restart autonomy talks with the rebels. Five rebels were killed and seven others captured on Monday during the first day of the assault, Maj. Gen. Endang Suwarya said on Tuesday. Indonesia has sent more than 1,000 elite troops to the north-western province, firing rockets and landing marines in what is expected to be Indonesia's biggest military operation since it invaded East Timor in 1975. There...
  • Indonesia press gloomy on Aceh(ISLAMIST BIAS ALERT)

    05/20/2003 11:16:53 AM PDT · by Sparta · 5 replies · 60+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/20/03
    Indonesian newspapers are broadly pessimistic about the impact of martial law in Aceh province, with some deploring the decision and others seeing it as the least worst option. Pikiran Rakyat is sure that the separatist Free Aceh Movement will resist the Indonesian army in a full-scale war. "The Free Aceh Movement, as can be seen from its determination, will fight back. In its eyes the government of the Republic of Indonesia is a coloniser." The main victims of the war will be the Acehnese themselves, Pikiran Rakyat concludes. The Jawa Pos agrees that martial law is a declaration of war...
  • Aceh rebels blamed for destruction of schools

    05/20/2003 10:19:39 AM PDT · by Sparta · 3 replies · 105+ views
    Financial Times (UK) ^ | 5/20/03 | Shawn Donnan
    Indonesia on Tuesday blamed separatists in Aceh for burning more than 100 school buildings in the province as it claimed minor victories in its latest bid to quell the 27-year-old rebellion by force. Jakarta imposed martial law on the resource-rich province in the early hours of Monday after last-ditch talks aimed at saving a five-month-old ceasefire with the Free Aceh Movement (Gam) collapsed. The Indonesian military, or TNI, claimed on Tuesday that it had killed five Gam members and captured seven more, despite what it described as efforts to "divert our attention" by Gam, which it accused of burning 120...
  • Jakarta takes cue from Iraq war

    05/19/2003 6:09:16 PM PDT · by Sparta · 8 replies · 187+ views
    The Straits Times (Singapore) ^ | 5/19/03 | Robert Go
    Jakarta takes cue from Iraq warGovernment will attempt to win hearts and minds of Acehnese by providing aid, in addition to trying to wipe out rebelsBy Robert Go JAKARTA - Indonesia's war in Aceh will feature both military and humanitarian components, senior officials pledged on the first day of the government's offensive against separatist rebels. Indonesian troops on motorcycles patrol Banda Aceh Jakarta's plan for Aceh - which includes rebuilding homes ravaged by conflict and providing food aid - sounds similar to the United States' 'hearts-and-minds' approach in its recent invasion of Iraq.During the Iraq war, a key priority of...
  • Indonesia vows to uproot Aceh rebels

    05/19/2003 11:12:43 AM PDT · by Sparta · 4 replies · 172+ views
    BBC ^ | 5/19/03
    Indonesia vows to uproot Aceh rebels There is concern that dark days will return to Aceh The head of the Indonesian army says a major offensive launched on Monday aims to destroy separatist rebels in Aceh province within six months. General Endriartono Sutarto has gone to the Acehnese capital of Banda Aceh to oversee the operations that began with fighter jets firing rockets at suspected positions of the Free Aceh Movement (Gam). More than 1,000 troops were parachuted into the province on Monday for the offensive that was to involve aerial as well as naval units. The Indonesian army...
  • Indonesia Planes Attack Aceh Rebel Base

    05/18/2003 10:14:00 PM PDT · by Sparta · 17 replies · 233+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May. 19, 2003 | LELY T. DJUHARI
    BANDA ACEH, Indonesia - Indonesian war planes on Monday fired rockets at a rebel base in the restive province of Aceh, signaling the start of a military offensive just hours after the breakdown of peace talks. Three planes fired the rockets at a stronghold of the Free Aceh Movement some 12 miles east of the provincial capital of Banda Aceh, said Maj. Gen. Erwin Sujono. "The offensive has begun," Sujono said in Banda Aceh. It was unclear if there were any casualties. The military said it parachuted hundreds of soldiers into the province and moved 15 warships into the area...
  • Time to Unite the Right

    04/03/2003 9:07:59 PM PST · by Sparta · 18 replies · 286+ views
    vanity | 4/03/03 | Sparta
    It looks like Operation Iraqi Freedom will soon be over, thank God. We will have achieved victory over Saddam's thugs and saved countless Iraqi lives. Hopefully, there will not be many more American casualties before this terrible war is over. However, it is time for those of us who love freedom and liberty to make plans for the reconstruction of our fractured alliance in the post-war American political scene. People who call themselves conservatives, libertarians, and constitutionalists have had to do some major soul searching about the Iraqi campaign. We, as a rule, are weary of foreign interventions and for...
  • Venezuelan Police Fail to Arrest Former Oil Executive

    03/08/2003 10:01:45 PM PST · by Sparta · 16 replies · 11+ views
    VOA ^ | 03/09/03
    Venezuelan Police Fail to Arrest Former Oil ExecutiveVOA News09 Mar 2003, 02:34 UTCVenezuelan police fired shots into the air and launched tear gas Saturday during a failed attempt to arrest an opposition leader. Police tried to arrest Juan Fernandez at an anti-government rally along a crowded highway in Caracas. The former executive of the state oil firm PDVSA eluded police by slipping away after he addressed the crowd of demonstrators, who were protesting against President Hugo Chavez. Mr. Fernandez warned Mr. Chavez to, in his words, "pack his bags." Angry protesters confronted police, hurling stones at the heavily-armed police officers....