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defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
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- 11:46pm Mar 27, 2002 EST (#889
"Way to Become Big Political Power" is to have a big
stick and a big mouth.
- 01:24am Mar 28, 2002 EST (#890
In many first world economies:
The legislation is 'in place' for many groups, who may have
considered themselves disadvantaged in the past, to enjoy 'equal
opportunities' with groups who they once considered the dominant
culture. (Northern Irish, Australian-Aboriginals, South Africans,
Equity is achieved via Education and job promotion, and often
there are within government systems the means to allow people to
excel. Disturbances of Peace - most often relate to inequality
of opportunity, as expectations rise.
In the Middle East, were the Jews to move back within their
borders they could get down to what they are good at - bankrolling
Any progress re Chechnya? http://www.watchdog.cz/index.php
Can the problems here relate simply to the recognition of a
nation and their need for a sound economy ... the sooner this is in
place .. the sooner the area will normalise - YES ?!
- 10:02am Mar 28, 2002 EST (#891
Downing Street was facing an embarrassing rift last night after
its claims of a "marriage" of evil between Saddam Hussein and
al-Qa'ida were contradicted by senior military officers.
They disputed an assertion by Tony Blair's spokesman that the
Baghdad regime was supplying Osama bin Laden's terrorists with
chemical and biological weapons.
Amid deep misgivings among senior military officers at the
prospect of a new Gulf war, the Government stepped up its rhetoric
against President Saddam. However, Number 10's claims of a close
relationship between the two contradicts its own previous position
that there was no evidence of a link between al-Qa'ida and Baghdad.
It will further anger Labour backbenchers who fear Tony Blair is
preparing the ground to join a US-led attack on Iraq.
The Downing Street statement came a day after Geoff Hoon, the
Secretary of State for Defence, caused widespread consternation by
insisting the US and Britain would not need a United Nations mandate
to launch military strikes on Iraq.
What can I say to Mr. Blair, other then "The boss (GWB) is
- 10:05am Mar 28, 2002 EST (#892
Russian troops in Chechnya - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/03/27/wchech27.xml&sSheet=/news/2002/03/27/ixworld.html
Outraged by poor pay, incompetent commanders and antiquated
equipment, a growing number of soldiers from specially trained
Interior Ministry units are threatening to disobey orders to serve
in the rebel republic.
- 10:15am Mar 28, 2002 EST (#893
Think Tanks in a Time of Crisis - http://www.fair.org/extra/0203/think_tanks.html
" think tanks associated with military or foreign policy
issues were highly visible after September 11, often receiving about
half their citations after the airliner attacks. The conservative
Center for Strategic and International Studies received 51 percent
of its citations in this time period, while the centrist Council of
Foreign Relations got 47 percent. Likewise, 48 percent of the
progressive Center for Defense Informationís mentions were
post=September 11, although these mentions were less than a third of
those received by CSIS or CFR. In electronic media, the difference
was even more stark, with CFR receiving 407 citations after the
attacks, CSIS getting 310 and CDI only 48.
The Institute for Policy Studies, another progressive think
tank dealing with foreign policy issues, fared little better,
receiving 57 citations from the electronic media citations after
September 11. Given that in times of conflict, many citizens choose
the immediacy of the electronic media over newspapers, itís
troubling that these media chose to constrict rather than expand the
national debate; new questions apparently required few new answers.
--- Just tell me what is "true" and I will find you an "expert"
to prove it ---;)
- 10:18am Mar 28, 2002 EST (#894
Fear & Favor 2001: How Power Shapes the News - http://www.fair.org/reports/ff2001.html
"Fear & Favor is FAIRís annual review of incidents that
reflect the range of pressures on reporters to use something other
than journalistic judgment in deciding what goes in the news and
what gets left out. The year 2001 presented special challenges in
this regard. The horrific September 11 attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, and the ensuing declaration by the Bush
administration of an open-ended "war on terrorism," meant incredible
pressure on the press corps to present U.S. actions and policy in
the best light; incidents of outright censorship occurred, and even
more self-censorship, as many outlets confused independent inquiry
with a lack of patriotism. "
- 10:26am Mar 28, 2002 EST (#895
While Britain and other member states ponderously plod towards
agreement on the EU's eastern enlargement, the Bush administration
is steaming full speed ahead with the reunification of Europe -
under US auspices, on US terms, and primarily for US purposes. - http://www.guardian.co.uk/bush/story/0,7369,675229,00.html
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