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  • Snow Blankets East Coast Causing Global Warming (according to Al Gore)

    02/12/2006 6:58:13 PM PST · by Tarkin · 13 replies · 856+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 2006-02-12 | Scott Ott
    (2006-02-12) — A thick blanket of snow that covered much of the northeastern United States this weekend may increase global warming by preventing the heat that radiates from earth’s molten core from escaping into the atmosphere, according to former vice president Al Gore. Mr. Gore, a noted global warming expert who also once ran for president, dismissed suggestions that the biggest snowstorm in New York City history diminishes his case that the planet is warming at an alarming rate. (...) “We must pack the snow into giant containers and launch it into outer space,” Mr. Gore said. “Every day that...
  • Carter's Trail of Disaster ... NOT Bush's Fault!(May 13, 2002 Newsmax article by Christopher Ruddy)

    02/12/2006 8:23:04 AM PST · by Jo Nuvark · 74 replies · 1,676+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 5/13/02 | Christopher Ruddy
    Jimmy Carter is off this week to save Cuba. With Carter on the loose, the American public needs to watch out. It seems that almost wherever he goes and whatever positions he pushes, Jimmy Carter leaves a wake of devastation and disaster. Carter, we should note, has been cozying up to North Korea for years. He helped the U.S. and the communist country come to agreement during the Clinton years to defuse a tense situation over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
  • East defeats West in Army All American Bowl contest

    01/09/2006 3:25:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 445+ views
    ARNEWS ^ | Jan 7, 2005 | Rich Lamance
    SAN ANTONIO (Army News Service, Jan. 7, 2006) -- America's top high school athletes shared center stage with America's top Soldiers during the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school all-star football game held in the Alamodome January 7th. East versus West players battled in front of a nationally televised audience and in front of 31,565 fans, the largest in the Army's six-year history of hosting the event. The East won the contest 27 – 16. During pre-game activities, 78 Soldiers, who were awarded either the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star or the Purple Heart, were...
  • Infrastructure Projects Changing Minds in East Baghdad

    12/16/2005 3:42:24 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 544+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 16, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq, Dec. 16, 2005 – Nothing makes Army Lt. Col. Jamie Gayton more angry than someone saying coalition projects in East Baghdad have no effect. "We are making a difference every day in the lives of average Iraqis," said Gayton, the commander of 2-3 Brigade Troops Battalion and responsible for coalition projects in East Baghdad. Sadr City is a part of the area of operations for the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, a unit of the 3rd Infantry Division. Hundreds of projects in the area of 2.6 million people have changed life in the neighborhoods. When Americans...
  • Iraqis Hold Peaceful Election Day in East Baghdad

    12/15/2005 3:35:09 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 365+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec 15, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq, Dec. 15, 2005 – Baghdad took on an air of celebration as the polls closed on this historic election day with little terrorist action. East Baghdad saw one rocket attack, with no direct attacks on polling places or on Iraqis going to vote. Iraqi citizens reported a small homemade bomb that terrorists planted near a polling site, and Iraqi and coalition explosive ordnance technicians rendered it safe. Turnout was high all over the region. Salman Pak, a primarily Sunni area south of here, had people lined up to vote when the polls opened at 7...
  • The Badlands of Al Anbar

    11/21/2005 2:58:40 PM PST · by Moonraker · 8 replies · 989+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 21, 2005 | W. Thomas Smith, Jr.
    Insurgencies are not put down in a fortnight. But considering the successes in the recent counter-insurgency sweep in Iraq's Al Anbar Province, one fact becomes obvious to anyone with so much as a sliver of an understanding of ground combat operations: Eliminating the insurgency in Iraq is best left to those who best know how to do it.
  • 1,700-Year-Old 'Roman Glass' Discovered In East China

    11/20/2005 1:31:32 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 1,242+ views
    Xinhua/China.org ^ | 11-20-2005
    1,700-year-old 'Roman Glass' Discovered in East China Glass remains over 1,700 years old, possibly imported from ancient Rome, have been discovered in an ancient tomb located in east China's Anhui Province, local cultural relic department said on Sunday. The tomb was found during the latest road project in Zhulong Village of Dangtu County in Anhui. Archaeologists believed the tomb was built in the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317 - 420). Covered with white mantlerock, the glass remains seem to have ancient Roman shapes and craftwork. According to the local cultural relic department, the owner of the tomb was possibly from an...
  • Kokomo, Ind., native rides again, on fourth deployment to Middle East

    10/24/2005 5:08:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 353+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Oct 24, 2005 | Cpl. Micah Snead
    AL ASAD, Iraq (Oct. 24, 2005) -- The current operational tempo of the Global War on Terrorism means many Marines are deploying to combat zones on a yearly basis. Back-to-back combat tours can cause headaches for Marines and heartaches for their families, but for Sgt. C. Alexander Wolf, it’s just another day at the office. Wolf, the signals intelligence chief for 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), is on his fourth deployment to the Middle East, dating back to 2003. The Kokomo, Ind., native, works for the Wing’s intelligence division, whose duties range from intercepting and analyzing electronic communications signals to...
  • Going Dangerously Astray

    09/20/2005 9:32:51 PM PDT · by Bald Eagle777 · 11 replies · 1,234+ views
    The Moscow Times ^ | September 20, 2005 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    This month, Russia lost two jet fighters during military exercises that simulated a major war with NATO. A naval task force was deployed in the North Atlantic on a mission to intercept and destroy U.S. reinforcements heading to the European theater of war. During exercises on Sept. 5, a Su-33 jet fighter fell off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov during landing and sank. The pilot ejected and was rescued. Then on Thursday, seven Air Force jet fighters were sent from the St. Petersburg area to fly over the neutral waters of the Baltic Sea to Kaliningrad....
  • Hamlet Made a Muslim Prince in Post 9/11 Adaptation

    09/15/2005 1:51:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 1,545+ views
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 15, 2005 | Daria Sito-Sucic
    SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Hamlet has become a Muslim prince at the Ottoman court in an adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy which its Bosnian director says reflects the world after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. In possibly the biggest theater co-production the war-torn Balkans region has seen in some 20 years, Haris Pasovic is seeking to put "Hamlet" into a 21st Century setting. "One of the most important issues of the 21st century is the world's increased understanding of the Muslim issue following the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York," Pasovic, himself a Bosnian Muslim, told Reuters...
  • Why we are here

    09/13/2005 9:37:19 AM PDT · by VirginiaMil · 2 replies · 563+ views
    World Defense Review ^ | September 13, 2005 | Col. John D. Folsom
    There has been much discussion among the American People of why our military and State Department personnel are deployed in Iraq. While some offer cynical views, mostly for partisan reasons, others are closer to the mark and deserve consideration. There are four main reasons that we are here:
  • Chinese Presence Grows in Russian Far East

    08/24/2005 5:27:24 PM PDT · by wesley_windam-price · 24 replies · 467+ views
    Associate Press ^ | Aug. 24, 2005 | Bert Herman
    USSURIISK, Russia - In the mosquito-infested fields of Russia's Far East, Chinese pick tomatoes. In the markets, they sell cheap jeans and backpacks and fix shoes. At construction sites, they rebuild cities. As China and Russia embark on a new stage of cooperation by holding joint military exercises launched from the Pacific port of Vladivostok, the Chinese presence is growing in this hardscrabble region thousands of miles from Moscow. It's too early to talk of an imminent Chinese takeover, local experts say, despite such worries by some Russian politicians. Still, they acknowledge that China's hunger for resources and territory as...
  • Rising India remains torn between East and West

    08/14/2005 10:41:38 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 2 replies · 365+ views
    IHT ^ | MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2005 | IHT
    NEW DELHI World War II thrust an acute test on India: Should Indians, then under British rule, join what Japan billed as a pan-Asian struggle to expel Western imperialism from Asia? Or should they fight with Britons, with whom many Indians expected friendly postcolonial relations? "Now, for the first time, you're seeing an opportunity for all three major players to develop themselves and engage with the continent," he said. It is often overlooked that Asia, and India particularly, nurtured dreams of a rapidly maturing and coalescing region after the war - and then squandered them. "There are powerful, creative impulses...
  • India may join counter insurgency operations in Burma

    07/04/2005 9:55:17 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 11 replies · 481+ views
    4 July 2005: At General Than Shwe’s request made to prime minister Manmohan Singh and foreign minister Natwar Singh, India will rush emergency military supplies to Myanmar, which has been almost overcome flushing out Indian insurgents in the region between the Arakan mountains and the Irrawady. India will perforce have to get into anti-terror joint operations with the Burmese, despite their suspicions about foreign militaries, because the requested supplies of helicopters, helicopter gunships, heavy rockets, navigation equipment and GPS systems would be beyond them to operate, much less use with skill in combat, and officials said this has been communicated...
  • Oil Denomination: The clash between United States and China starts

    07/04/2005 1:01:07 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 6 replies · 948+ views
    The oil war is openly declared now and the world shall stand to witness it. In what seems to be the clash of China and the United States over Unocal is already having its impact felt all over the world. United States is a nation driven by the politics of oil and influence. The mammoth growth of China is a reality and for the first time China is directly contesting America’s sphere of influence all over the world. With oil prices touching record high of 60 dollars per barrel the war is likely to intensify if anything else. But one...
  • Iraq's teenage prostitutes

    06/27/2005 3:46:31 AM PDT · by fco · 43 replies · 2,447+ views
    Salon ^ | Joshua Phillips
    Unveiling Iraq's teenage prostitutes Fleeing their war-torn homes, Iraqi girls are selling their bodies in Syria to support their families. - - - - - - - - - - - - By Joshua E. S. Phillips printe-mail June 24, 2005 | DAMASCUS, Syria -- You might not even notice the Manara nightclub if it weren't for the gradual flow of cars leading right to it. Just behind the Mosque of President Hafez Assad, the club's parking lot is crammed with cars, many bearing plates from neighboring gulf states. Inside, disco lights pierce the smoky air. Patrons pack the seats...
  • Al-Zarqawi: America's Agent in Iraq - (anti-American conspiracy theories in Arab capitals)

    06/21/2005 2:56:51 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 453+ views
    FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE.COM ^ | JUNE 21, 2005 | Steven Stalinsky
    The Iraq War is replacing the attacks of September 11, 2001, as fodder for conspiracy theories emanating from the Middle East - in particular, questions surrounding Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi. Does he exist? Where is he hiding? Is he actually an American or Jordanian agent? Is he dead? Print and television reports in the Arab and Iranian press regularly question Mr. al-Zarqawi's existence. A member of the former Iraqi Governing Council, Fadhl al-Rube'i, was interviewed on the Lebanese channel New TV, on May 16, 2004. He called Mr. al-Zarqawi mythical and a creation of the Pentagon's "disinformation" center. The spokesman for...
  • Another expolsion in Tehran

    06/12/2005 9:00:11 PM PDT · by Khashayar · 76 replies · 1,327+ views
    Various | June 13th, 05 | Self
    I am hearing and reading about another explosion in East of Tehran near a Military base. I will try to keep you all posted here. I am completely sure that this summer is gonna be very important for my country, Iran. We want freedom and we need to fight the Mullahs.
  • Left and East Coast Slam Wholesome 'Fly-Over Country' Again!?!

    06/09/2005 2:40:26 PM PDT · by hinterlander · 24 replies · 1,087+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | June 9, 2005 | Human Events
    Los Angeles Times and New York Magazine blast conservative values. Some on the Left continue to believe conservatives want to burn books. When Congressional Quarterly columnist Craig Crawford, guest-hosting MSNBC’s “Countdown,” June 3, suggested that the May 30 Human Events list of the “Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries” might somehow be a first step toward banning books, Don Devine—a professor at Bellevue University and one of the “judges” who voted on creating the Human Events list—pleasantly pointed out that far from trying to ban the listed books, he actually taught many of them in his...
  • BUSH’S REVERSE DOMINO THEORY- Let Freedom Ring.

    05/21/2005 6:14:03 PM PDT · by WJHII · 1 replies · 221+ views
    nbeaujon.com ^ | 03/01/2005 | N. Beaujon
    The Sky Is Falling, The Sky Is ….wait, that’s only the sound of Theocratic Dictatorships Toppling. BUSH’S REVERSE DOMINO THEORY- Let Freedom Ring. by N. Beaujon George Bush may be the worst threat to Fascism in history. Tragically, freedom is spreading and the world’s most beloved terrorist states are falling. What have Bush’s foreign policy wrought? The US has invaded and toppled Afghanistan’s repressive, fundamentalist Taliban regime. They have been replaced by the pro-western, articulate and uber snazzy dresser Hamid Karzai. Democratically held elections recently went off without a hitch and for the first time in 25 years women were...
  • Unique Violet Shards Discovered In East Azarbaijan

    05/16/2005 3:09:38 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 660+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | 5-16-2005
    Unique violet shards discovered in East Azarbaijan Tehran Times Culture Desk TEHRAN -- A team of archaeologists has recently discovered over 100 violet-colored shards at the ancient site of Kala Tepe in the reservoir area of the Ai-Doqmush Dam, near the city of Mianeh in Iran’s East Azarbaijan Province, Javad Qandgar, the director of the team said on Sunday. The team has been tasked with saving the artifacts and gathering information from Kala Tepe, which contains ruins and artifacts from the Bronze Age. The site is being threatened by the Ai-Doqmush Dam, which recently became operational. “No example of shards...
  • Iran plans to knock out U.S. with 1 nuclear bomb

    05/12/2005 2:20:35 AM PDT · by usa1776 · 83 replies · 2,432+ views
    WorldNetdaily ^ | April 25, 2005 | Joseph Farah
    WASHINGTON -- Iran is not only covertly developing nuclear weapons, it is already testing ballistic missiles specifically designed to destroy America's technical infrastructure, effectively neutralizing the world's lone superpower, say U.S. intelligence sources, top scientists and western missile industry experts. The radical Shiite regime has conducted successful tests to determine if its Shahab-3 ballistic missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, can be detonated by a remote-control device while still in high-altitude flight. Scientists, including President Reagan's top science adviser, William R. Graham, say there is no other explanation for such tests than preparation for the deployment of electromagnetic pulse...
  • Henry Kissinger: Some atomic arm-twisting

    05/11/2005 1:34:21 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 24 replies · 659+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 11, 2005 | Henry Kissinger
    IF George W. Bush's first term was dominated by the war against terrorism, the second will be preoccupied with the effort to stem the spread of nuclear weapons. This challenge is more complex than the first. Do we oppose proliferation because of the rogue quality of the two regimes - Iran and North Korea - furthest advanced on the road towards acquiring nuclear weapons? Or is our opposition generic; does it extend to fully democratic countries? How far are we prepared to go in resisting proliferation? Is it possible for one country alone to become the sole custodian of the...
  • Cop killers, caught? St.Paul,Mn cop killed

    05/06/2005 6:51:55 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 26 replies · 809+ views
    KSTP news ^ | 5-6-05 | KSTP
    A St. Paul Police officer was shot several times and killed around 2:20 a.m. this morning near 7th St. and Forest Ave. on St. Paul's East Side. Two suspects are on the loose. The dead officer has been identified as Sgt. Gerald Vick, 41, Chief John Harrington told reporters this morning. Officers performed CPR on Vick on the scene, but Vick died as he was being taken to the hospital, Harrington explained. Throngs of police are combing the neighborhood looking for two suspects. A mile-and-a-half perimeter has been set up around the alley where the shooting happened. The Bureau of...
  • Key role for NATO in Middle East?(Consider effects of Israel and Palestine joining Nato.Interesting)

    04/09/2005 8:34:24 AM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 15 replies · 386+ views
    Kathemerini ^ | April 2, 2005 | Aristotle Tziampiris
    NEWS Key role for NATO in Middle East? ReutersA Palestinian man gestures in front of an Israeli border policeman yesterday during a protest against Israel’s barrier in the West Bank village of Beit Surik. A key NATO role in the Middle East could help establish greater stability and improve prospects for peace.By Aristotle Tziampiris (1)NATO can play a key role in the stabilization and transformation of the Middle East. The longstanding alliance should in particular address the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. It is worth exploring not only the use of NATO training options, or dispatching NATO troops to police a future...
  • John Paul II:Won in the East,Lost in the West -Where were all these people when the pope was alive?

    04/08/2005 6:14:44 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 11 replies · 1,200+ views
    WSJ editorial ^ | 4-8-05 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    What are we to make of what has happened in the days since John Paul II died? The news outlets of American television have spent uncounted hours on the deceased leader of the Catholic Church. It explains why so many of us never quite throw our televisions onto the sidewalk. It is because when moments that matter arrive, they can do this. This is the medium's long-form potential--rarely used out of belief that the viewers' mosquito-sized attention span makes deep treatment of any subject verboten. Notwithstanding some spitballs, the coverage of the 263rd pope since Peter has been almost universally...
  • Egypt students rally for reform

    04/05/2005 7:10:42 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 7 replies · 326+ views
    BBC ^ | Apr 5th, 2005 | BBC NEWS
    Thousands of Egyptian university students have demonstrated angrily against the government, in the largest such protest yet to be staged. The students - mostly from the Muslim Brotherhood movement - marched at five campuses in Cairo and the Nile Delta. Hundreds of police prevented them from taking their protests outside university gates onto the streets. Islamists, liberals and nationalists want an end to Egypt's 24-year-old state of emergency. They also called for an end to the presidency of Hosni Mubarak. Mr Mubarak has been the country's leader since 1981. He is hoping to win a fifth term in office in...
  • "East meets West" CARTOON featuring Laura Bush and burka woman...

    03/31/2005 8:08:26 AM PST · by IPWGOP · 18 replies · 2,267+ views
    IowaPresidentialWatch.com ^ | 3/31/2005 | IPWGOP
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  • The Risks of Regime Change: Middle Eastern Christians might end up more repressed under "democracy"

    03/23/2005 8:25:00 AM PST · by w6ai5q37b · 1 replies · 254+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | April, 2005 issue | Derek Hoffmann
    Recent U.S. Iraq policy has moved from toppling a genocidal autocrat to seeking to create a pluralist, prosperous Arab democracy and inducing neighboring regimes to replicate it. The mainstream media discuss what this might mean for the region at large, but what about for Christians in the Middle East? What does this policy portend for them? If one were to perform a risk analysis for churches as one does for corporations—something I do for a living—what would be the inherent risks for churches, particularly evangelical churches, in the Middle East at this time? Minority of a Minority Evangelicals in the...
  • A Worldwide Criminal Enterprise

    03/23/2005 7:09:31 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 7 replies · 429+ views
    CFP ^ | March 23, 2005 | Alan Caruba
    I don’t know when it first dawned on me that the study of history was the study of a worldwide criminal enterprise, but a look back at just the last century reveals that the Nazis had it in mind to control and loot all of Europe, while the Empire of Japan sought to do the same with China and Pacific Basin nations. If you go back in history, Pax Romana, imposed by the Roman Empire was, in essence, a huge extortion scheme in which the conquered nations paid Rome to "protect" them and provide some good roads. If you come...
  • In the Arab world, a blog can mean prison

    03/20/2005 6:59:01 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 5 replies · 304+ views
    The Daily Star ^ | By William Fisher
    In democratic countries, personal Web sites known as Weblogs have grown exponentially over the past few years. In the United States, for example, there are literally millions of "blogs." Not yet in the Middle East, even though there are many parallels in the region with what has made the phenomenon explode in the United States. For example, blogging technology is available to anyone with access to the Internet, it is cheap, indeed free, and content can easily be created in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian and other languages. While home-computer ownership is still embryonic, the deep suspicion of government-owned mainstream media has...
  • A Middle East democracy? (A European Commentator Who Gets it Alert)

    03/13/2005 10:29:52 AM PST · by longtermmemmory · 5 replies · 434+ views
    www.Ekathimerini.com ^ | March 10, 2005 | Aristotle Tziampiris
    A Middle East democracy? By Aristotle Tziampiris (1) Anascent democratic movement is emerging in the Middle East that could constitute an historic turning point for the region and so deserves the full support of the international community and of the European Union in particular. Iraq’s recent elections are an example. Although marred by violence and the overwhelming non-participation of the country’s Sunni population, the polls were an unprecedented and largely positive development. In Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak unexpectedly announced proposals to amend the country’s constitution and allow multiparty presidential elections. If Parliament endorses and implements such reforms, it will mark...
  • Damn those Lebanese People!

    03/03/2005 10:15:52 AM PST · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 660+ views
    CFP ^ | March 3, 2005 | J.B. Williams
    In honor of the clumsy, half-witted spineless mindset of Senators Kerry, Kennedy and Boxer, everyone calm down a dog-gone minute! Let’s not overemphasize what’s happening in Lebanon as we speak! I can just envision these socialist gutless windbags scrambling for an emergency DNC strategy session as I write. First the people of Afghanistan, then the people of Iraq and now the people of Lebanon, all throwing off the shackles of tyranny and fear as they take to the streets by the thousand, ousting tyrannical regime after tyrannical regime across the Middle East, demanding freedom and liberty..Good Lord, you’d think they...
  • SEA CHANGE IN PALESTINIAN OPINION?

    03/01/2005 9:31:11 AM PST · by ml/nj · 13 replies · 673+ views
    honestreporting.com (via email) | March 1, 2005
                                         Communique: 1 March 2005       [View this article online]                                                                                                                                     [Discuss this topic on BackSpin] SEA CHANGE IN PALESTINIAN OPINION? Dear HonestReporting Subscriber,     Islamic Jihad holds a press conference Five Israelis were murdered and dozens injured when a Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a Tel Aviv nightclub on Friday night (Feb. 25). Syria-based Islamic Jihad admitted responsibility for the terrorist attack. Then on Monday (Feb. 28) in the West Bank, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on two Israelis, and the IDF found a car bomb packed with half a ton of explosives ― the largest...
  • Cease-Fire or Battle Lines? (Israel-Palestinian)

    02/11/2005 4:25:48 PM PST · by Nate1984 · 10 replies · 355+ views
    The Daily Campus ^ | Friday, February 11, 2005 | Nathan Anderson
    Early this Tuesday, a cease-fire was declared between newly elected Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli PM Ariel Sharon. Abbas promised with Sharon to "cease all violence against the Israelis and against the Palestinians, wherever they are," Israel agreed furthermore to release 900 Palestinian prisoners, to gradually withdraw from West Bank cities, and as a gesture of commitment, reopened a major Gaza checkpoint where six Israeli civilians had been killed last month in a terrorist attack. Abbas in return promised to stop glorification of terrorists and incitement against Israel on official Palestinian Authority media outlets. The western media was churning...
  • Bush Marches Into a Second Term, His Agenda Set by Mideast Foes

    02/02/2005 1:44:43 PM PST · by stevejackson · 2 replies · 287+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy, LLC ^ | February 2, 2005 | Michael Rubin
    Last week, George W. Bush took the oath of office and began his second term. With 150,000 troops still in Iraq, Iran developing nuclear weapons and new leadership in the Palestinian Authority, the Middle East will continue to dominate White House attention.To what extent will Bush's second term be different from his first? For better or worse, not much.Pundits who keep a scorecard of second-term appointments forget three factors: First, this president remains firm in his views. When he speaks about freedom, liberty and democracy, he is sincere. Second, the rank-and-file of not only the CIA, but also of the...
  • Democracy in the Middle East

    01/31/2005 3:02:44 PM PST · by MikeEdwards · 174+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | January 31, 2005 | Jim Bradford
  • UN group flip-flops on Arab problems through possible intimidation?

    01/27/2005 3:16:58 AM PST · by wheels128 · 1 replies · 161+ views
    The House Of Wheels ^ | 01/27/05 | Leigh Cartwright
    In the space of a year, a United Nations body has changed its report on the causes of the Arab world's problems. In 2003, the report blamed the Arab world, and said more external help was needed. However, the Arab world complained, and all of a sudden, by 2004, external help is considered to be the root cause of the problems. What two events happened in between then? - Bush praised the 2003 report, using it as further justification for his Middle East policy; - The Arab League wouldn't hold the launch for the 2003 report because of its contents....
  • Bombed bus prompts mixed reactions

    01/24/2005 5:52:00 PM PST · by Salem · 21 replies · 662+ views
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | 24 January, 2005 | By BETTYE WELLS MILLER
    Bombed bus prompts mixed reactions INLAND: A pro-Israel Christian group displays evidence of a year-old terrorist attack. 08:13 AM PST on Monday, January 24, 2005 By BETTYE WELLS MILLER / The Press-Enterprise HEMET - The bent and burned shell of an Israeli bus destroyed by a suicide bomber last year is a reminder that people in the Middle East live with violence every day, some said as they inspected The Jerusalem Connection International's display Sunday. But a handful of Palestinian Christians who visited the display at First Baptist Church after morning services said it implies that all Palestinians are...
  • East Bulgaria Reveals Minoan Pertainence

    01/23/2005 4:25:15 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 446+ views
    Novinite ^ | 1-18-2005
    East Bulgaria Reveals Minoan Pertainence 18 January 2005, Tuesday. The Eastern Rhodopes revealed an old-times funeral site obviously pertaining to an ancient Crete-Micenae cult dating 3,500 years ago. The demographic researcher Mincho Gumarov of Kardzhali has donated the local museum with unique finds of ceramics, bronze and silver. The artifacts from the late bronze epoch were found in the nearby Samara cave. The find's pertainence to the epoch of legendary Micenae derives from the found labris (short two-face ritual axe, characteristic of that civilisation) and a silver amulet of the cult to Mother Earth, as well as pieces of surgery...
  • Sack Ketuas who allow illegals(Action against MAYOR/CITY COUNCIL/POLICE if ILLEGAL ALIENS FOUND)

    01/07/2005 8:26:41 AM PST · by nanak · 5 replies · 255+ views
    Daily Express ^ | 01/07/2005 | Daily Express
    Kota Kinabalu: Upko wants stern action taken against village heads and village development and security committee (JKKK) chairmen who fail to rid their villages of illegal immigrants. Its Information Chief, Wilfred Madius Tangau, said if the police or immigration personnel found any illegal immigrants in a particular village, the village head and JKKK chairman of the village concerned should be sacked immediately. "Upko believes that if each and every village head and JKKK Chairman rids their village or settlement of illegal immigrants, Sabah will eventually be free from the menace of illegal immigrants," he said, Thursday. He was commenting on...
  • Natan Sharansky: "Peace Will Only Come after Freedom and Democracy"

    01/05/2005 1:12:23 PM PST · by stevejackson · 11 replies · 465+ views
    http://netwmd.com ^ | 1/5/05 | Natan Sharansky
    Natan Sharansky is among the world's most consistent advocates of democratization as a basis for foreign policy. Born in Ukraine in 1948, he received a degree in mathematics from Moscow's Physical Technical Institute. A brilliant mathematician and chess master, he entered the limelight as a spokesman for the movement to emancipate Soviet Jewry. Arrested by the Soviet authorities in 1977 for his refusenik activities, he was sentenced to thirteen years imprisonment. President Ronald Reagan interceded and, in 1986, won Sharansky's release as part of an East-West prisoner exchange. In his 1988 autobiography Fear No Evil,[1] he discussed both his emotional...
  • Ukraine Provacations in East

    12/11/2004 9:49:06 AM PST · by eluminate · 10 replies · 304+ views
    ukrnow.com ^ | Dec 10th 2004 | ukrnow.com
    http://www.ukrnow.com/content/view/2311/2/
  • Where Goes the U.S.-Turkish Relationship?

    12/08/2004 7:23:08 AM PST · by stevejackson · 29 replies · 1,248+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | 12/8/2004 | Soner Cagaptay
    Throughout the 1990s, Turkish foreign policy analysts had an easy job. After all, Turkish foreign policy was predictable. Ankara cooperated enthusiastically with Washington, whether in the Middle East or in the Balkans. Turkey aligned itself with Israel and kept at arms length from Middle Eastern neighbors such as Syria and Iran. In Europe, Ankara traded heavily with the European Union (EU) but did not allow the EU to dictate foreign policy. The European Union's frequent allegations and criticism of human rights abuses in Turkey, especially with regard to Turkey's fight against Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK, Partiya Karkaren Kurdistan) terrorists, soured...
  • PLEASE! STOP POSTING SAME MESSAGE ON ALL BOARDS!

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 715 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
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  • Endurance Running Is In East Africans' Genes

    12/02/2004 4:44:53 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 537+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 11-29-2004 | Andy Coghlan
    Endurance running is in east Africans' genes 10:15 29 November 04 The long-distance running prowess of Ethiopia’s elite male athletes is partly dictated by their genes. Researchers have established that such athletes are more likely to have certain variants of four Y chromosome genes compared with other Ethiopians. No one knows what the genes do, or how influential they are, but they are the first to be linked to east Africans’ outstanding ability for endurance events. Ethiopian and Kenyan athletes have run 37 of the 40 fastest times recorded over 10,000 metres. Alongside dedication and training, there is no doubt...
  • Columbia University's Hysterical Professor

    12/01/2004 7:19:44 AM PST · by stevejackson · 39 replies · 3,337+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | 12/1/2004 | Daniel Pipes
    Others may have sympathized on learning that Hamid Dabashi, a professor of Middle East studies at Columbia University, felt threatened by a graduate student at his own university, but not me. The incident began late on Sept. 27, 2004, when Victor Luria, a Ph.D. candidate in genetics and a former soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, wrote Dabashi an e-mail taking strong exception to what Dabashi had written about the IDF in an article, "For a Fistful of Dust: A Passage to Palestine," he published in the Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahram. In response, Luria wrote to Dabashi: I have rarely seen...
  • Ending America's Dependence on Middle East Oil

    11/17/2004 6:14:40 AM PST · by forty_years · 15 replies · 1,631+ views
    War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | November 17, 2004 | Gal Luft
    Gal Luft is executive director of the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security in Washington, D.C. He is a specialist on strategic issues and energy policy with a PhD in strategic studies from Johns Hopkins University. A former lieutenant colonel in the Israel Defense Forces, his writings have appeared in Commentary, Foreign Affairs, the Los Angeles Times, Middle East Review of International Affairs, the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal. Mr. Luft addressed the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia on October 27, 2004. Introduction In both World War Two and the Cold War, the side best deploying scientific...
  • Arafat's Last Threat to Israel?

    11/09/2004 7:11:22 AM PST · by stevejackson · 9 replies · 667+ views
    http://www.netwmd.com/ ^ | November 9, 2004 | Daniel Pipes
    "I think it's very important for our friends, the Israelis, to have a peaceful Palestinian state living on their border. And it's very important for the Palestinian people to have a peaceful, hopeful future." So spoke President Bush just two days after his re-election, just exactly as news reports were leaking Yasser Arafat's demise.The combination of Mr. Bush's stunning new mandate and Mr. Arafat's near-death condition will lead, I predict, to a quick revival of Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy after months of relative doldrums and to massive dangers to Israel.The doldrums will cease because the Bush administration views Mr. Arafat as the...
  • Draining Terror's Financial Swamps

    11/04/2004 2:09:22 PM PST · by forty_years · 795+ views
    netWMD - The War to Mobilize Democracy ^ | November 4, 2004 | Douglas Farah
    Editor's note: Readers may be interested in two related stories: "Invested in Terrorism" and "BBC: U.S. Damned if it does and damned if it doesn't". -ALJ Douglas Farah uncovered the story of al-Qaeda's involvement in West Africa's diamond smuggling while reporting on Africa for the Washington Post, which he described in Blood from Stones: The Secret Financial Network of Terror (New York: Broadway, 2004). Mr. Farah, now a consultant, freelance writer on terror finance and national security matters, and a senior fellow at the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, addressed the Middle East Forum in New York City on...