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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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- 02:55pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2026
3/23/02 9:22pm links to Friedman's The Lexus and the Olive
Tree and to Debate? Dissent? Discussion? Oh, Don't Go
There! by MICHIKO KAKUTANI http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/23/arts/23STUD.html
, which has some hopeful things to say about how the internet may
make more sophisticated and peaceful responses possible.
- 03:00pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2027
See Fig 1 of http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/whats_happening/research/pdf_res_notes/rn00-53.pdf
- - the ME, and other islamic countries, could benefit from a LOT
And the tools and conventions might be improved as well,
so that more of Friedman's hopes for globalization might be
realised. After all, we are globalising - and as Friedman
says above, we need to find ways to do it well.
- 03:01pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2028
Maybe WillGates is contributing to connectivity (via the
foundation) re the IIIrd world.
Wonder if Friedman's been into RU to promote the LexOliTree yet
- 03:01pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2029
He might have some interesting visits. Putin has used the
internet to good effect - including a live session on the BBC, as I
- 03:03pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2030
Time for a follow-up? Russia has had an interesting year making
good progress domestically and internationally.
- 03:10pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2031
Queen avoids £20m inheritance tax
and Jack Grimston (SundayTimes)
The Queen is to exercise an obscure clause in a 1993 deal with
the Conservative government in order to avoid paying tax on her
mother's legacy Phew ... no need to sell the family silver
- 03:19pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2032
5/5/02 3:03pm Maybe it is time for a follow-up. A lot has
happened since "Muddle in Moscow" http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=533129
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3/7/02 8:56pm ... MD481-84 rshow55
3/28/02 11:35am ... MD1124-1127 rshow55
4/6/02 7:20pm ... MD1665-1666 rshow55
Maybe I could suggest a movie deal to the Russians, specifically
- 03:23pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2033
Soldier vandals charged
TEN Israel soldiers were indicted this week for looting and
vandalism as the IDF admitted some troops had blatantly violated
orders during Operation Defensive Shield.
Chief army spokesman Brig-Gen. Ron Kitrey confirmed a Haaretz
report that there had been widespread and unnecessary destruction of
Palestinian property during the military offensive.
Palestinians have also claimed personal possessions, including
jewellery, office equipment and shop goods, were stolen by troops
during the incursion.
And Kitrey told Army Radio on Tuesday: ''The things reported,
unfortunately...are true, both the description and the facts and
that really hurts because in the end it is the acts of a few that
stain the general public and all Israeli army units.''
He said the soldiers' actions were ''a blatant violation of
orders'' and added that those involved in such incidents would be
dealt with ''very seriously''.
Dozens of shops were looted in the West Bank, but the IDF says
that after soldiers blasted locks off doors to search for suspects,
businesses were often left open - sometimes for days - and
Palestinians could be responsible for the looting.
Meanwhile, the IDF said on Monday that Palestinians in the Jenin
refugee camp have been inflating the number of residents killed
during Operation Defensive Shield by adding bodies from a local
cemetery to a mass grave containing the remains of 26 residents
killed in the IDF operation.
An IDF spokesman said the action had increased the total number
of corpses at the site to 50.He added that since the army pullout
from the camp, 21 innocent residents had been wounded by explosive
devices planted by Palestinian terrorists during the IDF operation.
- 03:28pm May 5, 2002 EST (#2034
Arrogant Hyperbole with VANDALISM MEast was also on display here
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