October 25, 2007

Thursday Morning News Roundup

Asia Times Online: Iran's military parade commemorating Saddam Hussein's invasion of their country was an opportunity to unveil new weaponry, including a new smart bomb and a domestically produced fighter jet, clearly intended to indicate to America that they won't go quietly if attacked. America's generals prepare for 100 years of urban warfare, as "Pentagon war-fighting doctrine, he notes, "is being reshaped accordingly to support a low-intensity world war of unlimited duration against criminalized segments of the urban poor"." Chalmers Johnson reviews a book on the intellectual fallacies of the 'war on terror', as though the fallacies weren't the point, but anyway, it's an interesting article. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates talks about the US' relationship with Russia. In northern Iraq, the Turks and Kurds seem to be getting ready to rumble, and nobody, but nobody thinks the outcome would be pretty.

New York Times: It's come, the Bush administration plans to follow the congressional declarations and formally accuse Iran's military of being a terrorist organization along with the announcement of new sanctions. Blackwater's Iraqi vanguard of US homegrown paramilitary forces are fully in a siege mentality in the Green Zone, with rumors spreading among them that purport to justify their colleagues having mowed down 17 unarmed Iraqis in Nisour square. The Bush administration expurgates testimony on the public health threats of global warming, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Microsoft buys into Facebook.

Chicago Tribune: If you live in a handful of lucky cities (including Seattle), there will be a Battlestar Galactica theater premier of the season opener on Nov. 12th. There are claims based on analysis of satellite photos that Syria is building a nuclear reactor, but you can really never know anymore if anything the administration-that-cried-wolf says has the slightest connection with reality. Israel says they will begin cutting power to Gaza in retaliation for rocket attacks that hit their territory. China and Russia oppose sanctions against Burma, but have urged them ineffectually to talk with the opposition even as the junta wages a massive PR campaign to paint themselves as pro-Buddhist monk.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia's county water officials have to cut back by 10%, and they're stumped on how to accomplish that after having already cut back over the year. Existing home sales and median prices are seeing only bad news, with drops that some are predicting will be as bad as the early 1980s housing slump. The US has spent $604 billion on Iraq and Afghanistan to date, while the two wars will cost $2.4 trillion if continued for the next decade and Bush has asked for another $196 billion this year.

Los Angeles Times: The Santa Anna winds are subsiding, leaving Californians within sight of getting the fires devastating the southern part of the state under control. Democratic healthcare ideas are popular, particularly with people who are concerned about being stuck in jobs they don't like because of their healthcare situations. The investment sector keeps taking the hits, as Bank of America announces layoffs and Merrill Lynch records multi-billion dollar losses.

Narco News: A think tank tries to rewrite history and is called out for grossly representing the US-French backed 2004 coup in Haiti and suggesting that their nearly stolen 2006 elections were free and fair. A Colombian Senador says that a free trade agreement with the US would mainly benefit narcotraffickers and hurt small farmers, while drawing the ire of the paramilitary allied governing party. Groups opposed to gentrification in NYC hold a Zapatista-style encuentro in Harlem.

Common Dreams: The World Bank doesn't seem to get it (and they probably don't care), but microcredit has proven its effectiveness in fighting poverty and should be deployed on a wider scale. The ongoing problems with No Child Left Behind, which has left schools behind in both funding and curriculum depth, is up for reauthorization. Juan Cole describes the unraveling of US foreign policy, though the US government does seem to accomplished the kickoff of a veritable plague of pointlessly antagonistic legislative resolutions. Amy Goodman profiles Bill McKibben's StepItUp campaign to combat global warming and urges readers to hold politicians' feet to the fire and demand serious action.

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-Blackwater USA in NYTimes-

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