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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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- 06:47am Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1354
Publication date: 12/28/2001 - U.S. cooking up a coup in
Venezeula? - http://www.examiner.com/opinion/default.jsp?story=OPhallinan1228w
Venezuelan Oil Politics at the Crossroads - http://www.oxfordenergy.org/l3mar01.html
- 09:49am Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1355
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
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
- 10:32am Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1356
- 10:50am Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1357
Drugs - it was a fiction re Taliban cutting off drugs ... that
was their income source! True!
- 08:46pm Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1358
Is the United States a Haven for Torturers? - http://www.msnbc.com/news/738094.asp
The kids are just coming back home.
- 08:58pm Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1359
"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
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....."
- 09:01pm Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1360
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
"This really is ENRON all over again!" notes one legal
The Roman Empire did not start to rote just after the first 50
- 09:15pm Apr 14, 2002 EST (#1361
Emperor Bush - http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/bush.html
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