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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars" defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an application of science be successful? Is a militarized space inevitable, necessary or impossible?

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almarst-2001 - 06:47am Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1354 of 1368)

Publication date: 12/28/2001 - U.S. cooking up a coup in Venezeula? -

Venezuelan Oil Politics at the Crossroads -

Looks familiar?

lchic - 09:49am Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1355 of 1368)

Zionism the Mother and democracy the Father of Terrorism

    Terrorism isn't about religion; it's about resorting to the shortcut of violent action to free oneself of oppression by a republic aspiring to be a New empire.
    Indeed, it is still freedom fighting.
    Even so, nonviolence is essential to peacebuilding. War is not.
    Perhaps Zionist extremism is at the root of Arab terrorism. Indeed, Jewish invaders formed two terrorist organizations to combat Palestinians fighting to save their homeland in the 20s and 30s (Hagarah and Igron). Since the first Jewish settlers arrived in Palestine over 70 years ago, Palestinians have always been fighting to free themselves of Jewish invasion of their homeland.
    Thus Semitic elitism combined with pro-American sentimentalism is a powderkeg in Israel, and it is aided and abetted by American dollars.

lchic - 10:32am Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1356 of 1368),2763,683623,00.html

lchic - 10:50am Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1357 of 1368)

Drugs - it was a fiction re Taliban cutting off drugs ... that was their income source! True!

almarst-2001 - 08:46pm Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1358 of 1368)

Is the United States a Haven for Torturers? -

The kids are just coming back home.

almarst-2001 - 08:58pm Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1359 of 1368)

"Taliban was seen as a commercial ally. - sruk1 "Afghanistan's Future" 4/14/02 10:15am

Until recently, the Taliban was seen as a commercial ally. In 1997, its officials were flown to George Bush's home state of Texas, where they barbecued T-bones beside a swimming pool with the vice-president of the oil giant Unocal. With less than five percent of the world's population, the US consumes over a quarter of the world's oil, for which it relies heavily on imports. On the Unocal agenda was siphoning at least 60 billion barrels of oil(maybe up to 270 billion) from Turkmenistan, part of the last great resource frontier. The plan was to pump black gold across the landlocked wastes of Afghanistan, through Pakistan to a terminal in the Arabian Sea. Until recently, these talks were thought to have collapsed in December 1998, when Unocal pulled out, citing civil unrest. In fact, soon after its election, the Bush administration resumed the talks, believing the Taliban could be trusted to support the pipeline, as it supported the War on Drugs. (Washington handed the Taliban $US42 million to suppress the cultivation of opium poppies, now back in bloom.)

Another party to the pipeline negotiation was Enron, the famously bankrupt energy trader which, with Washington's backing, managed to deregulate, privatise and vandalise several developing nations. Enron's disgraced chairman, Ken Lay, a former Pentagon economist, was the biggest single investor in George W. Bush's campaign for president. In return, Lay was able to appoint White House regulators, shape energy policies and block the regulation of offshore tax havens. Enron had "intimate contact with Taliban officials" according to a report in the Web newspaper Albion Monitor, and the energy giant's much-reviled Dabhol project in India was set to benefit from a hook-up with the pieline....."

almarst-2001 - 09:01pm Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1360 of 1368)

A reporter fired by the NEW YORK POST after WALT DISNEY CO complained about two of her stories filed a $10 million breach of contract and slander lawsuit late Friday against DISNEY, NEWS CORP and the POST.

Pierce O'Donnell of O'Donnell & Shaffer represents Nikki Finke in the action, which alleges DISNEY is trying to cover up financial perils from shareholders by trying to silence reporters like Finke.

"This really is ENRON all over again!" notes one legal source.

The Roman Empire did not start to rote just after the first 50 years.

almarst-2001 - 09:15pm Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1361 of 1368)

Emperor Bush -

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