November 04, 2006

Around and About

Asia Times: Will China clean up its act in Africa? A review of a book about the wide world of mercenaries, Licensed To Kill by Robert Young Pelton, that sounds like a good resource for anyone who wants to know more about the lucrative security contracting business. Russia's doublespeak about Iran leaves both sides of the debate over the country's nuclear program scratching their heads about what Putin's government will actually do.

BBC: In Baghdad, in addition to more dead U.S. soldiers and Iraqi insurgents, 83 more bodies have been found in 36 hours. Sudan's government continues to insist that the situation in Darfur is under control and that international peacekeepers are unnecessary, in spite of the fact that 63 people, 27 being under age 12, were killed last week. A scientific exhibit in Norway makes clear that homosexuality and bisexuality are common among animals, which puts a bit of a crimp in the argument that it's against the natural order. An Italian photographer released in Afghanistan. A device used for heart transplant patients has been shown to be capable of allowing the heart to recover from end-stage heart failure in some cases. The greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxides, hit record highs this year. Who authorized a provision in a military spending bill that would shut down auditing of reconstruction projects in Iraq in 2007?

Guardian: China announces an increase in aid to Africa. For the same price, the UK could either renew its nuclear arsenal or cut emissions by promoting conservation and investing in clean energy alternatives. Greg Palast reports on the hard hits of life in Iraq. Nelson Mandela explains that while poverty persists, there is no freedom.

Washington Post: The Bush administration is now saying that their interrogation methods are national secrets that would cause grave danger to U.S. security if discussed in court or revealed to the legal representatives of detainees in secret facilities, if they deserve to have lawyers at all under the new Military Commissions Act. Rev. Martin Luther King's family is upset that a proposed location for a new civil rights museum won't be located near the church where King preached, his birth home, or other civil rights landmarks. Episcopalians have just elected the first female presiding bishop in the Anglican Communion. The success of Plan Colombia will require more than military victories. Democrats challenging GOP on Iraq in the final days of the election.

Black Commentator: Poll indicates that female voters are in favor of leaving Iraq and are willing to support candidates who share that view by a nearly 3:1 margin that increases among black and hispanic women. The real reason for the backlash against affirmative action isn't due to a perception among whites of potential injury. Racism will survive as long as pollution of the mind persists. A perspective on the African American experience with George W. Bush.

Huffington Post: The GOP, tirelessly working day and night against the vices they can't shake. The serious question of abortion rights in South Dakota.

Al Jazeera: Iraqi security is on alert in advance of the Hussein verdict. A Kuwaiti refinery shut down by an explosion, though the cause is unknown at this time and is not now believed to be due to terrorist activity. An interview with a Beijing University professor about the tension between China and North Korea and how this bears on the defense treaty between the two nations. Al Jazeera to launch an English language TV channel.

LA Times: As part of the second day of naval exercises following U.S. exercises in the Persian Gulf, Iran has test fired three new missiles. A soldier convicted of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib is back in Iraq. A little bit more on the very big problems with electronic voting. A five part series on the state of the oceans.

Narco News from Oaxaca: John Dickie, not dead yet. Sharpshooters firing on the unarmed teachers who are setting up barricades in Oaxaca. Some pictures and video from Oaxaca. A message to Oaxaca's APPO from the National Indigenous Congress of Mexico. The battle of the Ciudad Universitaria.

Alternet: Joe Lieberman's Christian Zionist alliance makes him no real friend of Israel. The pipeline of women in public office is already getting fuller, making this election season a sure step forward for equality. The director of the documentary American Blackout says that problems with this year's elections will be televised.

All four of the Military Times papers have released a joint editorial declaring that Donald Rumsfeld must go. Who's shrill now?

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