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  • Eye of the Storm: Whose new Middle East? (Must Read)

    11/12/2005 7:37:38 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 61 replies · 1,768+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Nov. 12, 2005 | By AMIR TAHERI
    When Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his "wipe Israel off the map" remarks last month, many diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic rushed to explain, read between the lines and relativize what was an unambiguous statement of Teheran's long-established policy. They expressed the hope that Iran would "clarify" - meaning soften - its position. That was followed by feverish diplomatic activities, mainly by the United Nations' Secretary-General Kofi Annan, to persuade Teheran to tone down Ahmadinejad's remarks. (Annan was forced to cancel a planned visit to Teheran after the Iranians told him they would not allow any conciliatory phrases...
  • CA: Immigration clash at Capitol (3 arrested)

    10/30/2005 8:32:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 509+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 10/30/05 | Matt Weiser
    One group wants to end illegal immigration. The other rejects what it calls the armed uprising that the first group has begun. They clashed Saturday in the shadow of the Capitol, and three people were arrested. Still, it turns out, they agree on one thing: The system is broken. "This isn't about hatred. This isn't about racism. We stand against a broken system that has failed all of us," said Tim Donnelly, leader of the Minuteman Corps of California, one branch of a group that organizes armed citizen patrols of America's border with Mexico. Donnelly's group held a rally on...
  • CA: Poll numbers clash on propositions

    10/23/2005 10:06:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 442+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 10/22/05 | William Finn Bennett
    All those polling numbers about ballot initiatives got you feeling dazed and confused? You're not alone. With the conflicting numbers shown in recent public opinion polls, many voters must be wondering just what is going on. Check out one poll on Proposition 76, a state spending-cap proposal, and it appears that 58 percent of voters support the initiative while 36 percent oppose it. Check out another poll and it appears that just the opposite is true, with 19 percent saying they support the measure and 65 percent saying they oppose it. Another recent poll shows similar numbers, with 63 percent...
  • Miffed Schwarzenegger to snub Bush amid cash clash

    10/20/2005 6:30:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 614+ views
    afp on Yahoo ^ | 10/20/05 | AFP
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Miffed Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will snub George W. Bush when the US president begins a visit to California amid a clash over fundraising for their Republican Party. The movie-star state governor, a moderate in Bush's conservative party, late Wednesday expressed irritation that the president apparently ignored his plea to delay the fundraising trip and said he would not take the time to meet Bush. The cash clash brings to the surface long-standing tensions between the two men as Schwarzenegger moves to raise crucial funds for himself ahead of a special election next month on which he...
  • US Forces Clash With Mahdi Army

    09/25/2005 6:07:04 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 581+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-26-2005 | Adrian Blomfield
    US forces clash with Mahdi Army By Adrian Blomfield in Basra (Filed: 26/09/2005) American troops and the Mahdi Army militia of Moqtada al-Sadr clashed in the slums of Baghdad yesterday, raising fears for the future of a year-long US truce with the fiery Shia cleric's gunmen. The fighting came as insurgent attacks took the lives of at least 31 people, including 13 commandos from the elite Wolf Brigade, the Iraqi army's showcase anti-terrorism unit, killed when a suicide bomber rammed into their convoy in the south-east of the capital. Mahdi Army gunmen opened fire on US forces that entered their...
  • Arab-language newspaper: Iran-U.S forces clash in southern Iraq

    09/10/2005 1:17:37 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 907+ views News Ticker ^ | September 10, 2005
    09:09 Arab-language newspaper: Iran-U.S forces clash in southern Iraq (Haaretz)
  • Influx of evacuees creates culture clash in Baton Rouge

    09/06/2005 6:39:16 AM PDT · by Frustration · 79 replies · 2,417+ views
    Waco Tribune Herald ^ | 9/6/05 | Bob Dart
    BATON ROUGE, La. – Chillin' on the levee by the Mississippi River on a sunny Monday morning, Nutty and Slim Nine and Doughboy, Jr., admitted that they are already homesick for New Orleans. "This ain't like the city, where everybody got a nickname that everybody knows you by," said Nutty, 18, whose tattooed nickname was spelled out in two-inch high block letters between his right shoulder and elbow. "I'm trying to get back home — back to the N.O." "I don't like the curfew here," said Doughboy, Jr., 16. "And I don't like the police. They make grown people stay...
  • NY: Illegal immigrants, Long Islanders clash (Farmingville)

    08/04/2005 11:22:24 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 113 replies · 4,044+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/4/05 | Frank Eltman - AP
    FARMINGVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - This middle-class Long Island community an hour from New York City and 2,000 miles from the Mexican border has become an unlikely flashpoint in the national debate over illegal immigration, with Hispanics beaten, harassed and evicted in recent weeks. For more than a decade, immigrants from Mexico or Central America have been drawn to Long Island by the prospect of jobs. Many stand on street corners in Farmingville, waiting for contractors, landscapers and others to offer them a day's work at about $10 an hour. Then at night they go back to their illegally overcrowded single-family...
  • 700 injured in clash between Honda workers and police

    07/25/2005 9:17:22 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies · 345+ views
    GURGAON: At least 700 people, including a DSP and a constable, were reportedly injured in a clash between the police and the employees of the Honda Motorcycles & Scooter India Pvt Ltd this Monday in Gurgaon. The workers were protesting against the retrenchment of 50 workers and termination of the services of four others from the Manesar factory. The clash was the culmination of a month-long standoff between employees and the company. The protestors had set fire to three police vehicles. Police say that the protestors had violated Section 144. A section of the Mehrauli-Gurgaon road has been blocked. Television...
  • PETA, perverts and horses (Warning: Disturbing Quotes)

    07/21/2005 8:06:50 AM PDT · by Alexander Rubin · 18 replies · 1,041+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | Thursday, July 21, 2005 | Alexander Rubin
    [The Enumclaw case, for those of you who don't know, refers to a man who died from having sex with a horse; an investigation by the sheriff's office found a farm which was a haven for bestiality perverts] The Enumclaw case highlights two increasingly important ideological debates. The first, and seemingly the more minor of the two (for the time being) is within the animal rights movement, and centers around whether animals should be treated as identical to humans. On the one side, stands PETA and Peter Singer, a founder of the animal rights movement. On the other stands the...
  • S. Korea: Clashes Feared Over MacArthur Statue in Incheon (pinkos to be spanked this time)

    07/15/2005 7:33:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 770+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/15/05
    Clashes Feared Over MacArthur Statue in Incheon Fears of a violent clash mounted Friday after progressive civic groups wanting a statue of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur in Incheon pulled down and conservative groups determined to protect it to the very end announced simultaneous Sunday demonstrations in the city’s Freedom Park. One pro-unification civic group told police it will hold a rally in front of the MacArthur statue from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. The gathering, which it expects to attract 100 people, will call for the expulsion of the U.S. military and the toppling of the statue....

    07/12/2005 10:00:17 AM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 34 replies · 887+ views
    AKI ^ | 12 July | Reuters
    Clashes between Iranian students and police are reported to have occured at the University of Tehran, following a protest by the students asking for the release of Iranian dissident and journalist Akbar Ganji, who has been in prison since 2000. Ganji's has been on a hunger strike in a Tehran jail for the past month and his health condition is deteriorating. According to the Iranian student news agency ISNA, the university students asked for the liberation of other political detainees as well. The clashes occured when a dozen policemen, in their attempt to stop the protest, clashed with the students....
  • Chirac left with oeuf on his face

    07/05/2005 10:21:37 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 585+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | July 6, 2005 | Anton La Guardia, Toby Helm and Philip Johnston
    Tony Blair and President Jacques Chirac of France were heading for a clash on free trade and global warming at the G8 summit tonight after flying half-way across the world in their bitter contest to host the 2012 Olympics.The Queen will hold a welcoming dinner at Gleneagles, in Perthshire, for leaders of the world's most industrialised countries. But the mood could be soured by the International Olympic Committee's choice of city to hold the Games in seven years' time: London, Paris, New York, Moscow or Madrid. Yesterday the Prime Minister flew from Singapore, where the committee was meeting, to prepare...
  • Syrian Forces Clash with Saddam's Ex-Bodyguards

    07/04/2005 7:11:42 PM PDT · by ex-Texan · 25 replies · 814+ views
    Daily Star/Lebanon ^ | 7/5/2005 | Staff Writers
    DAMASCUS: Syrian forces captured two "terrorists" and a security officer was killed in a dawn clash with extremists who included former bodyguards of Saddam Hussein, official media said. The gun battle on Mount Qassioun overlooking the Syrian capital was the second such fire fight with extremists in recent days and comes amid intense U.S. pressure on Syria to stop militants slipping over its border into Iraq. "The clash took place early yesterday on Mount Qassioun with a group of people wanted for terrorist crimes, some of whom were former bodyguards of Saddam Hussein," the former Iraqi president, the SANA agency...
  • Syrian troops, Arab militant die in clash

    07/03/2005 9:44:49 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 429+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 7/3/05 | Albert Aji - AP
    DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) - Syrian security forces have killed an Arab extremist who was trying to illegally cross into neighboring Lebanon with other suspected militants, Syria's official news agency reported Sunday. Two Syrian soldiers also were killed in the clash that erupted after the Arab man opened fire on a Syrian border patrol, according to the news agency SANA. No details were provided on the nationality of the slain man, who was identified only by his initials M.Z. The report did not say when the clash happened or where along Syria's border with Lebanon it was. The agency said 34...
  • UN Council concerned at Israeli-Hizbollah clash

    06/30/2005 11:14:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 229+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/30/05 | Evelyn Leopold - Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council expressed serious concern on Thursday at the flare-up of fighting between Hizbollah guerrillas and Israel in a disputed Syria-Lebanese border zone. The 15-member body called on Lebanon to extend control over the entire country by deploying its army in all areas and "to put an end to all attacks emanating from its territory." The Security Council last September demanded foreign forces withdraw from Lebanon and militia, like Hizbollah, be disarmed. "In this context, they expressed serious concerns at (Wednesday's) attack," the council said in a press statement. On Thursday, Israeli helicopters struck...
  • Settlers Clash With Soldiers, Palestinians

    06/29/2005 2:50:36 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 351+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 29, 2005 | YANIV ZOHAR, Associated Press Writer
    SHIRAT HAYAM, Gaza Strip - Jewish settlers holed up in an abandoned villa traded blows with Israeli troops Wednesday and then attacked Palestinians, critically wounding one before soldiers hauled them away. The clashes were the worst involving opponents of the August withdrawal since Israel announced its plans to pull out of Gaza. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon called the protesters "hooligans" and vowed to fight them with an "iron fist." His tough talk reflected concern that protests could pit Israeli against Israeli and lead to bloodshed during the pullout, which marks the first time Israel will remove veteran settlements from Gaza...
  • Gibraltar Clash Over L2bn Treasure (England - Spain)

    03/28/2005 3:03:38 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 888+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 3-28-2005 | Ben Sills
    Gibraltar clash over £2bn treasure Ben Sills in Madrid Monday March 28, 2005 The Guardian (UK) The Strait of Gibraltar has been the scene of numerous skirmishes between the British and Spanish navies, and now the two nations are sparring again - this time over the wreck of an English warship packed to the gunwales with treasure. HMS Sussex has lain undisturbed on the seabed for more than 300 years, but since researchers discovered the ship was carrying billions of pounds of English gold and silver, it has become the focus of a bitter dispute as the Spanish authorities try...
  • N. Korea: China website highlights early DPRK-China tensions (commie infighting) China-NK relations

    03/25/2005 9:49:21 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 433+ views
    North Korea zone ^ | 03/25/05 | Michael Rank
    China website highlights early DPRK-China tensions China-NK relations by Michael Rank If you're a Great Leader it can feel a little uncomfortable having another Great Leader on your doorstep, and a very interesting report in Chinese highlights intense rivalry between Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung in the 1950s and 60s. This short report says North Korea took part in “underground activities” against China's Korean minority after the Korean war in order to instill in them a “fatherland concept and ideology of the leader”, telling them their fatherland was the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and their leader was General Kim...
  • Sen. Biden, Iran Minister Clash Over Nukes

    01/28/2005 6:11:16 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 1,343+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/28/05 | George Jahn - AP
    DAVOS, Switzerland - Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) and Iran's foreign minister clashed Friday over Tehran's nuclear ambitions, with Biden hinting at the possibility of armed conflict unless fears of an Iranian weapons program were put to rest. The rare and frank public exchange between a senior American politician and a ranking member of the Iranian government came at a dinner during the World Economic Forum (news - web sites) held in this Alpine resort town. There are no official contacts between Washington and Tehran, which President Bush (news - web sites) has labeled part of the "axis...
  • Iran capable of fighting endless ground war: IRGC official

    01/27/2005 12:00:11 AM PST · by F14 Pilot · 52 replies · 2,486+ views
    MNA ^ | Jan. 26
    TEHRAN, Jan. 26 (MNA) -- The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is totally prepared to respond to any foreign threats, IRGC commander Major General Rahim Safavi said on Wednesday. Although the United States and Israel would never dare to commit any act of aggression against Iran, the IRGC has still totally mobilized its forces to deal with any possible aggression, he added. He went on to say that Iran is a key country in the security plan of the Middle East and the United States cannot ignore Iran's vital role in the security of the region. "However, the IRGC will...
  • Powell, Russian Clash on Ukraine

    12/07/2004 9:11:42 PM PST · by crushelits · 2 replies · 410+ views ^ | Wednesday, December 8, 2004 | Glenn Kessler
    Powell, Russian Clash on UkrainePowell Criticizes Russia Over Ukraine SOFIA, Bulgaria, Dec. 7 -- U.S. and Russian officials clashed Tuesday at a European security forum over Ukraine's disputed presidential runoff election. In a sharp exchange, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned of "new lines of division" and destabilization in Europe because of tensions over the crisis. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell rebutted the attack and offered rare criticism of Russia, pressing it to remove its military forces from two former Soviet republics and halt a slide in press freedoms and the rule of law. Ukraine's Supreme Court has ordered...
  • A Christian Can Be a Christian or a Liberal, But He Can’t Be Both

    10/23/2004 10:30:56 PM PDT · by concretebob · 17 replies · 459+ views
    Townhall ^ | 23 October 2004 | Doug Giles
    Can a Christian be a liberal? Short answer: no. There is no way a Christian can buy into neo-liberal ideology and be faithful to the bigger-than-Dallas teachings of the scripture and expect to continue enjoying his hard-won religious liberties.
  • Marines In Clash Close To Mosque (Najaf)

    08/16/2004 7:20:44 PM PDT · by blam · 51 replies · 1,375+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-17-2004 | Adrian Blomfield
    Marines in clash close to mosque By Adrian Blomfield in Najaf (Filed: 17/08/2004) United States marines and Shia militiamen clashed in the alleys around the Imam Ali mosque in Najaf yesterday as delegates at a national conference sought new negotiations to end southern Iraq's insurgency. American tanks came within a few hundred yards of the mosque, engaging Mahdi army insurgents who are rebelling against the interim government in the name of the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr. But they did not fire on the shrine, one of the holiest in Shia Islam. Marines patrol a street in Najaf Nearly 3,000 Shia...
  • Two Protest Groups Clash Near DNC Center

    07/25/2004 4:17:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 1,299+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/25/04 | Theo Emery - AP
    BOSTON - Delegates arriving for the Democratic National Convention were greeted Sunday by competing protests against the war in Iraq (news - web sites) and abortion. About 2,000 protesters gathered at noon on the historic Boston Common, site of many of the city's most memorable demonstrations. After about two hours there, they marched half a mile to the FleetCenter, where Democrats plan to nominate hometown candidate John Kerry (news - web sites) for president on Wednesday. "This is just the beginning of a week of protests," said Larry Holmes, spokesman for Act Now to Stop War and End Racism, a...
  • Unrepentant Chirac clashes with US again

    06/30/2004 12:14:42 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 30 replies · 168+ views
    The Guardian ^ | June 30, 2004 | Ian Black
    George Bush and Jacques Chirac yesterday clashed sharply for the second day running at Nato's Istanbul summit, squabbling publicly over Iraq, Afghanistan and Turkey's place in Europe. The French president undermined hopes of burying transatlantic disagreements when he insisted he was "entirely hostile" to any Nato presence in Iraq, which he warned would be "dangerous and counterproductive". Including Turkey in the EU would prove that Europe is not the exclusive club of a single religion and it would expose the 'clash of civilisations' as a passing myth of history," he said. EU leaders are to decide at the end of...
  • Soldiers Clash With Extremists In Iraq

    05/09/2004 10:16:43 AM PDT · by blam · 127+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 5-9-2004 | Robert H. Reid
    Soldiers Clash With Extremists in IraqBy ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. and British troops clashed Sunday with forces of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for a second day, and four Iraqis were killed in an explosion in a Baghdad market. Three British soldiers were wounded in a blast in Basra. Al-Sadr's militia fired mortar shells before dawn Sunday at the governor's office and other British positions in Amarah, 180 miles southeast of Baghdad, a British official and residents said. No British casualties were reported in that attack, but British spokesman Maj. Ian Clooney said "a...
  • Shia Militiamen Killed In Clash With British Troops

    05/08/2004 6:01:29 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 224+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | Fakher Haider/Philip Sherwell
    Shia militiamen killed in clash with British troops By Fakher Haider in Basra and Philip Sherwell (Filed: 09/05/2004) Shia gunmen clashed with British troops in Basra yesterday, ordering locals to stay at home as the rebel cleric Moqtada al-Sadr attempted to open a new front against Coalition forces. Three British soldiers were wounded and two militiamen killed as hundreds of his Mahdi army fighters launched a series of orchestrated hit-and-run attacks, apparently aimed at taking over much of Iraq's second city. Shi'ite militiamen loyal to cleric Moqtada al-Sadr carry the coffin of a Mehdi militiaman. Bursts of gunfire and explosions...
  • The Ugly American - a mission and a destiny

    04/18/2004 8:11:16 PM PDT · by epigone73 · 31 replies · 311+ views
    Now I will by God show them how ugly the ugly American can be.” - William S. Burroughs, Nova Express Say what you like about Burroughs, but old Bill did have a gift for expression. I only had to read it once to decide it was golden. No doubt, Burroughs liked it too, even if he did put these words in the mouth of a villain. There’s a certain disarming crudity to it; one enjoys it not only for the sentiments expressed, but also for the raw power of expression. In short, it’s a gem, regardless of context or authorial...
  • India's forest tribals struggle on edge of economy

    03/11/2004 2:18:17 AM PST · by VinayFromBangalore · 2 replies · 223+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10 Mar 2004 08:08 | Sumana Ramanan
    CHARI, India (Reuters) - On a hot afternoon in Chari, a village just north of Bombay, wide-eyed Warli children with distended bellies pick desultorily at weeds growing from the cracked soil. Slender women with drawn faces go about their tasks silently, one lifting water from the lone well in the area, another stacking hay outside a mud hut. The Warlis are among the more than 90 million "adivasis", meaning original inhabitants, who make up nearly ten percent of India's billion-plus population but are quickly falling by the wayside of the country's newfound prosperity. Displaced from forests by big dam projects...
  • Students Injured In Valentine's Day Clash (Pakistan)

    02/14/2004 12:38:03 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 217+ views
    Ananova ^ | 2-14-2004
    Students injured in Valentine's Day clash Two students have been injured in a university classroom in Pakistan after a dispute over Valentine's Day. The clash in Karachi involved students celebrating Valentine's Day and others who objected to observance of the day as an unwelcome Western import. One young man said Happy Valentine's Day to a girl, drawing the anger of others who did not think the holiday has a place in Pakistan. It led to a fist fight at Federal Government Urdu Science University, said Khalid Sheikh, a local police official. About 50 Muslim hardliners protested elsewhere in the city...
  • Six Iraqi Protesters Killed During Clash [armed, stone-throwing protesters]

    01/10/2004 3:15:49 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 163+ views
    AP ^ | 1-10-2004 | Matthew Rosenberg
    Six Iraqi Protesters Killed During Clash By MATTHEW ROSENBERG, Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq - British soldiers and Iraqi police clashed Saturday with armed, stone-throwing protesters in southeastern Iraq, killing six people. U.S. officials acknowledged American soldiers mistakenly killed two Iraqi policemen after they failed to identify themselves to a patrol. In Baghdad, a senior U.S. military officer confirmed that preliminary reports showed that a U.S. Army medevac helicopter that crashed last week near Fallujah, killing all nine soldiers aboard, was shot down. And north of the capital, the U.S. military said it was investigating allegations that soldiers killed four...
  • Royal Falconers In Search Of Bustards Clash With Tribesmen

    11/16/2003 3:17:26 PM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 157+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 11-17-2003 | Jan McGirk
    Royal falconers in search of bustards clash with tribesmen By Jan McGirk in Islamabad 17 November 2003 Wealthy Arab sheikhs are obsessed by the houbara bustard, a gawky bird that looks like a cross between a roadrunner and a pheasant. Its plump flesh can be eaten as an aphrodisiac, but the real thrill lies in watching the feathers fly when falcons home in on them. A curious two-way migration takes place at this time of year: tens of thousands of bustards arrive in Pakistan from Central Asia while hundreds of leather-hooded falcons, issued with their own passports, wing in on...
  • Terminator's Crass Humour Backfires As Candidates Debate (UK)

    09/25/2003 4:47:03 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 172+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-26-2003 | Andrew Gumbel
    Terminator's crass humour backfires as candidates clash By Andrew Gumbel in Los Angeles 26 September 2003 He came. He spouted statistics. He let loose his one-liners. With less than two weeks to go before California's extraordinary gubernatorial recall election, a hitherto absent Arnold Schwarzenegger at last agreed to debate with his rivals in the race to succeed the unpopular Gray Davis. It didn't kill him, but it probably did him few favours. For 90 minutes, the action star was jumped on, savaged, patronised and, for long stretches, simply ignored. He may not have been demolished but the challenge proved a...
  • Pakistani soldiers clash with Afghans

    08/16/2003 9:41:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 117+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | August 16 2003 | Hamida Ghafour
    Afghan and Pakistani soldiers exchanged gunfire in a remote border area, injuring one Pakistani civilian, in the latest skirmish to strain relations between the two. The gun battle began when Afghan troops apparently fired four shells into Pakistani territory at Mohmand, about 60 miles north-west of Peshawar. A Pakistani government official said the wounded man suffered shrapnel wounds when a shell exploded near his home in the village of Kudakhel Pass. Relations between the two countries have become increasingly strained since President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan accused Pakistan last month of violating Afghan territory. A tripartite commission consisting of the...
  • Air Controllers Clash With White House

    08/15/2003 9:47:07 AM PDT · by bedolido · 13 replies · 189+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 08/15/03 | Don Phillips
    After years of labor peace under a friendly Democratic administration, the National Air Traffic Controllers Association has chosen to take on the Bush administration over whether the Federal Aviation Administration can continue to contract out control towers at some smaller airports. At first glance the boisterous duel seems to be over whether to continue unchanged a program that the union once tolerated. But beneath the surface, it represents a decision by the union and Senate Democrats to use the issue as a battleground for the Republican philosophy of privatizing functions now handled by government employees. Union President John Carr said...
  • Crusade vs. Jihad The rage of Muslim fundamentalists against America, the 'Great Satan

    07/19/2003 11:36:40 AM PDT · by freeforall · 17 replies · 3,253+ views
    The London Free Press (Canada) ^ | july 2003 | SALIM MANSUR
    Crusade vs. Jihad The rage of Muslim fundamentalists against America, the 'Great Satan,' can be traced back to holy wars of the 11th century and winds through a history of European colonialism and Cold War competition. SALIM MANSUR, For the London Free Press On the Sunday following 9/11, President George W. Bush spoke to Americans reeling from the shock of terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. The twin towers of the World Trade Center had collapsed, but the fires and smoke from Ground Zero were still visible and painted Manhattan's skyline in dull brown and grey. Bush appealed for...
  • Clash of the century (world's great faultlines are religious rather than economic)

    07/18/2003 8:39:11 AM PDT · by dead · 7 replies · 836+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 19 2003 | SMH neglected to tell us
    The events of the past two years have shown us that the world's great faultlines are religious rather than economic. The "clash of civilisations" is too real to ignore. When former US president Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, several conservative commentators complained that it shouldn't have been awarded to someone who had been misguided enough to praise the human rights record of the late Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia. But given what happened when Yugoslavia disintegrated, others might suggest that poor old Tito himself deserved the prize every year from assuming power during World War II until...
  • Afghans Ransack Pakistan Embassy After Border Clash

    07/08/2003 3:37:13 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 246+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 7-9-2003 | Jan McGirk
    Afghans ransack Pakistan embassy after border clash By Jan McGirk in Kabul 09 July 2003 An angry crowd ransacked Pakistan's embassy in Kabul, smashing computers and telephones while diplomats took cover in the basement. The mob was protesting against alleged incursions by Pakistani troops. Pakistan has closed the embassy and is demanding compensation. Hundreds of protesters marched through the centre of Kabul yesterday, shouting slogans, before scores of people broke away from the demonstration to scale the embassy wall. "Stop the invasion," they shouted. Skirmishes broke out last week in a disputed tribal zone that straddles the old Durand line,...
  • Demonstrators converge on G-8 summit, thousands block roads, clash with police, turn violent

    06/01/2003 1:11:30 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 320+ views ^ | 6/1/03
    Demonstrations against the G-8 summit in Evian, France, turned violent in front of the Hotel Royal in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sunday. Demonstrators converge on G-8 summit Thousands block roads, clash with police ASSOCIATED PRESS ANNEMASSE, France, June 1 — Thousands of protesters blocked highways and bridges, set fire to barricades and drew volleys of tear gas and rubber pellets Sunday from anti-riot police near the Group of Eight summit in the French town of Evian. THE MOST VIOLENT protests early Sunday were in the Swiss city Lausanne, across Lake Geneva from the G-8 summit site. Demonstrators wearing masks hurled rocks...
  • G-8 Protesters, French Riot Police Clash

    05/31/2003 9:48:52 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 268+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | THIERRY BOINET
    ANNEMASSE, France - Hundreds of protesters opposed to the Group of Eight summit threw rocks at a meeting hall Saturday, then clashed with police who fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. No injuries were immediately reported. Some 4,500 protesters are gathered in camps outside the southeastern town of Annemasse, which the French government designated for demonstrations against the G-8. The summit of the world's top seven economies and Russia starts Sunday in nearby Evian. Saturday's clash erupted when about 350 people from the camps disrupted a meeting of France's Socialist Party, which the mostly leftist protesters consider too centrist,...
  • Infidels: The Conflict between Christendom and Islam

    05/06/2003 8:58:15 PM PDT · by Destro · 14 replies · 1,178+ views ^ | May 2 2003 15:20 | A.C. Grayling
    The new crusade - for understanding By A.C. Grayling Published: May 2 2003 15:20 | Last Updated: May 2 2003 15:20 The Cross and the Crescent: Christianity and Islam from Muhammed to the Reformation by Richard Fletcher, Penguin Press £16.99, 183 pages Infidels: The Conflict between Christendom and Islam 638-2002 by Andrew Wheatcroft, Viking £20, 443 pages In the wake of the events of 9/11 dozens of books have appeared on the subject of Islam - what it is, what its current and past relationship with the rest of the world (but especially the west) is, and why that relationship...
  • Civilizations Collide

    04/30/2003 6:33:28 PM PDT · by Mike Starr · 7 replies · 166+ views
    The Starr Journal ^ | 4-30-2003 | Mike Starr
    Recently, I was thinking about something that I had read a few years ago. In a post 9-11 world and present day war with Iraq, the writings of Samuel P Huntington The Clash of Civilizations came to mind.
  • India Test-Fires Missile -- One Day After India, Pakistan Move to Improve Ties

    04/29/2003 6:12:34 PM PDT · by miltonim · 1 replies · 245+ views
    VOA News ^ | 29 Apr 2003, 13:12 UTC | AP, AFP, Reuters
    India Test-Fires Missile -- One Day After India, Pakistan Move to Improve Ties India has test-fired a sophisticated short-range missile -- one day after the leaders of Pakistan and India took the first steps towards opening a dialogue on improving relations between the two neighbors. India's Prithvi missile is capable of carrying a one-ton warhead and has a range of 150 kilometers, far enough to hit targets in Pakistan. India conducted a similar test of the same missile last month, as did Pakistan of another missile. Tuesday's test-firing comes a day after the first substantive talks between the leaders of...
  • Orthodox Church head warns of big clash between the Christian and Muslim world

    04/18/2003 9:26:46 AM PDT · by Destro · 33 replies · 416+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 11 April, 2003, 01:39 GMT 02:39 UK | Nick Thorpe
    Last Updated: Friday, 11 April, 2003, 01:39 GMT 02:39 UK Orthodox head warns of big clash By Nick Thorpe BBC correspondent in Istanbul, Turkey The leader of the Orthodox Church, Patriarch Bartholomew, has warned of the danger of confrontation between the Christian and Muslim world in the aftermath of the war in Iraq. Speaking in an exclusive BBC interview, conducted at his seat in Istanbul, the patriarch, who is the spiritual leader of 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide, also called for an important role for the United Nations in finding a permanent solution to the crisis. Like the leader of...
  • War protests hit the stage of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

    03/10/2003 11:20:28 PM PST · by kattracks · 33 replies · 333+ views
    AP | 3/11/03
    NEW YORK, Mar 11, 2003 (AP WorldStream via COMTEX) -- A potential war with Iraq wasn't far from the minds of some musicians who turned out for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. "Tonight we're having a good time," singer Neil Young said at Monday's ceremony. "But we're going to kill a lot of people next week. Let's not forget about that ... We're making a huge mistake." Young, who wrote the anti-Vietnam War rocker, "Ohio," was speaking at the Waldorf Astoria ceremony to honor record executive Mo Ostin. Despite the presence of intently political musicians like...
  • To War or Not To War - Islam Vies For World Favor Against Any U.S. Attack On Iraq

    02/09/2003 9:28:05 AM PST · by Happy2BMe · 2 replies · 166+ views ^ | 9 February, 2003 | REUTERS
    What started with the orchestrated and merciless Islamic 9/11/01 attacks on the U.S. World Trade Center Towers, the U.S. Pentagon, and an attempt to destroy the U.S. White House have now turned into a world outcry of hate and discontent for the United States. The combined world U.N. and Islamic propoganda machines are mobilizing in full force against any efforts by President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair to topple Saddam Hussein from power. Mass demonstrations throughout the Middle East, Europe, and now the United States are painting the American Administration as war mongers who must be stopped at...
  • A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell (book review)

    02/06/2003 1:14:09 PM PST · by WaterDragon · 26 replies · 768+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | February 1, 2003 | Peggy Whitcomb
    "Mad as the sea and wind when both contend." -- Hamlet "They're talking apples and oranges!" is a familiar frustrated cry from bystanders listening to a furious discussion. It means that while the two sides seem to be arguing about the same thing, they probably aren't. For example, when Democrats in Congress denounce the "unacceptable costs" of President Bush's tax cut proposal, the Democrats are stating their belief that government would be negligent in its duties if it allowed a reduction in the flow of money to Washington --money which the Democrats confidently believe they spend wisely to create and...
  • Medical Marijuana Clash Puts a Grower in Court

    01/25/2003 11:28:51 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 17 replies · 545+ views
    new york times ^ | 1.24.03 | DEAN E. MURPHY
    OAKLAND, Calif., Jan. 20 — As a marijuana celebrity, Ed Rosenthal has been on a career roll. The author of a dozen cannabis self-help books and a magazine advice column, "Ask Ed," Mr. Rosenthal is the pothead's answer to Ann Landers, Judge Judy, Martha Stewart and the Burpee Garden Wizard all in one. Can't get rid of the powdery mildew on your cannabis seedling? Try a 20 percent skim-milk solution. The feds got you in court on charges of cultivation? Challenge their crop yield estimates. Want a high without the harmful tar? Use a pipe that vaporizes it. Mr. Rosenthal's...
  • Joe Strummer Dead-Age 50

    12/23/2002 4:05:43 AM PST · by Musket · 82 replies · 668+ views
    ABC Radio News | self
    Just heard on the radio that Joe Strummer was found dead, presumably of a heart attack. RIP Joe.